You know that funny moment when you walk into a party and realize it’s the wrong party? Well, I did that with a FB group. Thinking that this particular Facebook group was DC focused (as in the city) it turns out it had nothing to do at all about DC. Regardless, I ended up meeting Anna Rova, Founder of the Girlskill Podcast that celebrates the stories and experiences of women doing rad things. 

Podcasts are often about topics we don’t talk about in “polite conversations”. Like talking about your dead husband and how your feelings don’t just die with him. 

When Nora McInerny got engaged, it was on a hospital bed. Her fiancée Aaron was undergoing treatment for brain cancer. When the chemo proved unsuccessful, Nora found herself raising their son alone. In her podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” Nora talks about what it’s like to be, in her words, a “notable widow.” After Aaron died, she found herself having awkward conversations with people navigating her grief like it was something optional, something to be ignored.