Jackie Micucci – ep 15

Photo: Andy Sweet

This episode is easy as Sunday morning.  That’s what time it was in Seattle when I spoke to my cousin Jackie Micucci.  Jackie is originally from Long Island, New York.  She’s one of my many relatives that I know, but I don’t know that well, and I certainly don’t see very often.  But even though I’ve only been in the same room with her a few times, I’ve always felt an affinity to her… probably because of her snarky comments on Facebook.  But the snark is a bit misleading.  As you’ll hear she’s practically a Pollyanna!

Jackie’s father and my Grandfather
Jackie’s father and my Grandfather
The three Micucci brothers

Kristi Williams- ep 9

I was really excited to talk to Kristi Williams.  Kristi is super cool and she has a super cool husband and a super cool kid.  I’m friends with her on Facebook, and I feel like I know her, but I really don’t.  Kristi is married to Marc who was friends with my wife, Jen, first.  I know Marc pretty well, but I think I had only spoken to Kristi at her wedding, many years ago.  Until now anyways.

Kristi, or should I say Dr. Williams, is a real-life family demographer, medical sociologist and college professor.   She’s responsible for papers and studies with titles like “Promoting marriage among single mothers: An ineffective weapon in the war on poverty?” and “You Make Me Sick: Marital Quality and Health Over the Life Course.”  I love this kind of stuff and am so impressed by the academics who do it.

She’s also a Senior Scholar at the Council on Contemporary Families, , and Editor of Journal of Marriage and Family.

It was a pleasure to chat with her.

Note: She mentions this book during the conversation:

Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town