Ani DiFranco: on Motherhood (with elephant journal friend, Sarah Kraft of Mindful Mama magazine)

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 24, 2008
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I first fell in love with Ani when I was living in Boston, and got to go see her with a high school friend at Wellesley. I musta been the only boy, or one of say 15, in a crowd of hundreds in the old New Englandy theater…and Ani was simultaneously magnetizing and terrifying (at least for the men in the audience). An independent, fierce, vulnerable artist, I haven’t followed her much over the last 10 years…and now suddenly I find she’s a momma!

A friend and fellow “mindful entrepreneur” here in Boulder, Sarah Kraft, recently launched her new magazine with an interview of Ani. For those fans who’ve too-rarely listened to Ani speak, and not merely rock, the following might represent a wonderful resource—esp for new mommas. For me, I don’t get most of it…I’m not a parent, yet, and thinking about parenthood and babies is…scary.


For those of you not overly familiar with her social/activist music, here’s a few popular samples:

And another interview:

And here’s some poetry and talk about her view of modern feminism:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Ani DiFranco: on Motherhood (with elephant journal friend, Sarah Kraft of Mindful Mama magazine)”

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