There are some interviews that are too good to pass up. When I heard about Mary-Jo Dionne, who is performing her show Glowing: A Reproduction Production at the Vancouver Fringe Festival next month, I knew this was one of them. Having the opportunity to chat with interesting people is one of the biggest perks of my job as Managing Editor of VancouverMom.ca. This writer, performer, new mother and comedian is hilarious, and I was thrilled to speak with her for the podcast.
It’s fitting, perhaps, that my conversation with the very funny Mary-Jo became something of a comedy of errors. While I was speaking with her, I was interrupted by my four-year-old son, who demanded that I put his spy watch on him right this minute. Normally, I would edit this sort of thing out, but Mary-Jo insisted I leave it in. She was right – it was pretty funny.
The interruption was so fitting, because Mary-Jo’s story is all about how the journey to motherhood (and probably the journey to a podcast, as well), can take lots of unexpected twists and turns. Mary-Jo says that she was born without a biological clock. When she did decide to try to have a baby, she battled infertility. When she finally became pregnant she experienced all-day “morning” sickness and a cancer diagnosis. The name of her show – Glowing – came to her while she was in a particularly ungraceful situation, heavily pregnant and nauseous.
Mary-Jo Dionne on the VancouverMom.ca Podcast
If you haven’t already added Mary-Jo’s show to your list of what to do in Vancouver next month, and even if you have, I encourage you to listen to her podcast. This is one funny Vancouver mom, and her unique take on pregnancy and her chutzpah pulling this show together may just leave you glowing … even if motherhood doesn’t always do it for you.
*Featured image credit – Tanya King
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.