Cheers Sexy People!
I am so elated and honored to announce our latest podcast interviews Part One and Part Two with Susan Porter whom I met at the Beyond The Love Conference 2016 this past November, which I summarized earlier here on the blog. My boyfriend and I decided to take her Poly Parenting workshop as he has a young son that he co-parents with his wife. My husband and I do not have any children ourselves, but we have god-children in our lives, and I also want to support my boyfriend in his efforts to be a rock star poly parent. The workshop was AWESOME as is this lovely, sweet, and wicked smart lady! We became fast friends, and she very generously agreed to come on our Loving Without Boundaries podcast. I am so super stoked to say that we captured an AMAZING interview that focuses very intensely on poly parenting. In the interview, Susan and I share many stories – some quite hilarious – about our own sex education experiences (or lack thereof) as we were growing up and how that impacted us as adults. Susan also goes into detail about how to “come out” as poly and/or ethically non-monogamous to children at various ages. She also shares some illuminating stories and experiences of her own adventures parenting her own son and daughter as a poly person. There is much to learn and enjoy in these fascinating and fun Part One and Part Two podcast interviews. It had been my goal to offer more information for poly parents worldwide, and here is some amazingly awesome information to add to the Loving Without Boundaries repertoire. Thank you, thank you, a million times THANK YOU to the sweetheart of a human being Susan Porter for her tireless work in the poly community, generosity of her time, and just being a kickass person sharing the world with us. You rock, Susan! I can’t wait to hang out with you at a future event, and to also read your upcoming book (hint, hint!) about Poly Parenting! Go for it, sweet lady! I am behind you and would write a foreward if you like! 🙂
Here is Susan’s bio:
Susan Porter is currently Department Executive Director of PolyColumbus in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that she co-lead the PolyColumbus monthly gathering. She is known for her blogging on PolyTopics as PolyAnna, on the blog Looking Through Us. She is the mother to two lovely kids — now a teen and a tween. She is a 4th time attendee (ok the 1st year she was the hospitality suite for PolyColumbus, back when it was only Karen and Susan) and 3rd time presenter at Beyond The Love. Susan loves long walks in the park and yoga. Reading books and spending hours in the kitchen. She is married to her college sweetheart and partners with an all around amazing guy! With several other close relationships, that round out her personal constellation.
Here is her bio from her website, lookingthrough.us as well as a description of the goals of the website itself:
PolyAnna is a thirty-something under employed copy writer, poet, and essayist with an advanced degree. She wears the hats of mother, daughter, wife, lover, best friend and co-leader of her local poly-group. While being poly feels like something she was born to do, she was in her late twenties before she realized it was even an option.
This site is a collaborative effort by everyday, imperfect people for everyday people. Like a stack of snapshots that freeze images for all time, we offer these thoughts; each one a glimpse at a relationship success or failure. We strive to offer real life literary snapshots; with stories, examples, and points of view, from people who are actively practicing responsible, consensual, and honest non-monogamy. None of these snapshots is designed to be a how-to guide or the final opinion on non-monogamous or polyamorous relationships. We have trained our lens on our own experiences in the belief that love, relationships, fidelity need not fit into the narrowly defined box that most of us grew up with. Those of us who choose to write here share the belief that we see love, and express love differently. We have taken a great leap of faith. Sometimes we fall flat on our faces, but sometimes we find the ability to fly.
Looking Through.Us is a site designed to take on the meat of the issue, relationships. Complex and complicated on a good day, they can be very rewarding, when one does the work and finds the strength to set their true self free. Every relationship is different, every individual experiences each moment differently, but in the end there is always some common ground, some link, to what makes a healthy and fulfilling relationship, healthy and fulfilling.
We cannot tell you how “to do” non-monogamy, only offer you some tools and skills to find a path that is correct for you and your partners. There is no one right way to be polyamorous or non-monogamous. If we can help you to learn from some of the difficult and painful lessons we have suffered, then we will be fulfilled.
Thank you Susan, for being so generous with your time, for your amazing educational and poly activist work, and for sharing your thoughts, wisdom and insights with us via the podcast interviews Part One and Part Two! It was informational, inspirational, and fun! Find out more information about Poly Columbus or write Susan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or read Susan’s blog posts at lookingthrough.us, or follow Susan on Twitter @susellwrites.
To hear the podcasts, go to the Podcast link here and subscribe to the Loving Without Boundaries podcast, and check out Episodes 45 and 46 with Susan Porter. Also, please help spread awareness of alternative lifestyles and create more tolerance for ethical non-monogamy in the world at large by Rating and Reviewing the Loving Without Boundaries podcast in iTunes to help it get featured on New & Noteworthy. It only takes a few minutes.
If you would like to be interviewed either in written form or via audio on the podcast, please feel free to contact me and we will set something up. Thank you!
Wishing you peace, love and happiness,
(and thrilling, fun sex too!)