discussing the first year of parenthood

One of the best parts about teaching sewing classes, I think, is getting to meet the students who attend. Whenever I do a class or workshop, I always try to schedule a little time to sit and chat (usually over lunch or while people are sewing) so I can listen to the students talk about themselves and what they do.

A little more than a year ago, I taught a class at Spool in Philadelphia. During that class I met Hillary Frank, who was pregnant at the time and was working in public radio. Hillary’s daughter is almost one year old now, and Hillary recently contacted me about a podcast, called The Longest Shortest Time, that she has started for new parents.

I love the concept behind The Longest Shortest Time. Hillary describes it as “a bedside companion for new moms who want to hear in the middle of the night (or day—what’s the difference, really?) that they are not alone. And that as never-ending as those first months seem, they don’t last forever.” Where was something like this when I was a new mother?

Anyway, Hillary invited me to talk with her for the site, and she’s now posted our discussion as her third podcast. You can listen to our conversation there.

I’m sure you’ll want to keep an eye on Hillary and the site. I know I will.



  1. wow!

  2. I haven’t listed to the podcast yet but just wanted to comment that I remember Hillary from that class (as I was preggo too) and I’ll be sure to start following her blog. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Really interesting : great concept, great podcast. Thanks for telling us !

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