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'Listen to Your Mother Austin:' Heartwarming Stories from Central Texas Mothers

Photo courtesy of Wendi Aarons.

Sometimes it can be hard to find the right words to show Mom how much you appreciate her. Mother's Day is Sunday, and  a group of Austin writers and storytellers is taking to the stage this week with their personal stories of motherhood, mothering, and being mothered.

Credit Liz McGuire
Writer Liz McGuire's mother Garland with Liz and her brothers. Liz says her mother had three children in 3 1/2 years and always seemed to embrace the chaos of a growing family.

"Listen to Your Mother Austin" features the stories of 13 writers. Some tales are sad; some are funny; all pay homage to one of the toughest jobs there is.

Click on the player on this page to hear story excerpts from three of this year's participants: Wendi Aarons, Liz McGuire, and Max Langert.

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Nancy Langert, mother of Austin writer Max Langert, and baker extraordinaire.

Thursday night's performance of "Listen to Your Mother Austin" is sold out. However, you can find more information about the stories, videos, and future performances at

Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.
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