Annie Guyon

Commentator

Annie Guyon works in Development at Dartmouth College and occasionally writes as a freelancer for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe.

Guyon: The Brexit Gap

Sep 12, 2017

The term Brexit is not a morning cereal as I'd originally thought, but rather a mash-up of the words “Britain” and “exit”, as in the UK leaving the European Union.

My cousin in Manchester describes Monday's concert tragedy as “desperately sad.” She lives about six miles from the Manchester Arena, where a homemade bomb, packed with metal nuts and bolts, exploded as thousands of attendees - mostly girls and their parents - were leaving after a well-attended performance by popstar Ariana Grande.

Guyon: Gratitude

Nov 23, 2016

Thanksgiving is upon us, despite all the political turmoil, and for the sake of peace - both across the country and across the table - I'm trying to focus on gratitude - and things I think we can all be thankful for - like finally getting over this cold.

Before I was born, my Mum, Dad, brother and sister moved across the pond from England to Canada. Both of my Mum’s sisters had married American GIs they’d met during the war, and came to the states with them when they returned home.

This election season, I did something I’ve done many times in the past for various causes: I made phone calls. Lots of phone calls. And I was reminded that phonebanking can be both energizing and disheartening; you have to be ready for anything.

Years ago in San Francisco, I knew a lot of people who were transgender, only we didn’t call it such back then.

Guyon: Black Star Dust

Feb 22, 2016

David Bowie’s trail-blazing music and creative courage helped shape and reveal who I am. He’s often described has having reinvented himself over the years, but I always looked at it as him simply honoring his numerous, very interesting sides, as they emerged.

When I was a teenager, I interviewed my elderly great aunties in England about their lives as parlor maids, tweenies and cooks for wealthy London families and their experiences as suffragettes. Some of their stories were hilarious, with slapstick moments, plans gone wonky and generally cheeky mischief – a very wry sense of humor seems to be in our genetic coding.

Guyon: Gender Politics

Dec 14, 2015

I’ve always considered myself a raging feminist, though that rage has generally been quiet. I donate to my local women's shelter each month and do all I can to help empower girls in my community. I've raised my daughter to dream big, her brother to respect women, and I’ve done my best to show them that women can be strong, smart and successful.

Guyon: Selective Grief

Nov 17, 2015
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I’m one of the many people who, after Friday’s assaults in Paris, added the French flag to my Facebook profile. I shared images of the Eiffel Tower peace-sign and Parisians filling the streets holding signs saying, “Not afraid.” But as the weekend unfolded, I found myself wondering why the events in France seemed to overshadow the bombings in Beirut, which had killed more than 40 people not 24 hours before the Paris attack.

Guyon: The Swordfight

Oct 29, 2015

The other day I was in our front yard cutting bushy long-stemmed blossoms from our two giant hydrangeas for a fall bouquet. Neighbors tell me these bushes were planted when the house was built, nearly 100 years ago.

Guyon: The Drop Off

Oct 13, 2015

In the days leading up to when my eldest child headed off to college last month, other parents kept saying it would feel like when I dropped him off on the first day of kindergarten. But now that I've gone through it, I can honestly say, “Mmm… not really."

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When my children were in elementary school, I used to help teachers during reading and writing lessons and was very involved in our little school community. I believed that, when it came to education, smaller is better.

Actor and comedian Robin Williams touched many lives, including mine, and the first time was the most memorable.

I was a college student in the early 80’s and one of my favorite pastimes was going to comedy clubs where I saw many young comics who have since become household names, like Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld.

One night, a friend and I went to see comedian Barry Sobel, a rock star in the San Francisco comedy club scene and we were really looking forward to the show.

Guyon: College Bound

Apr 23, 2014

My eldest child is a high school junior and I have officially joined the ranks of parents immersed in - and overwhelmed by - the college search process. My first goal was to simply show my son that anything is possible: the classic “world is your oyster” message.

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For the first time since I became a mom 16 years ago, my kids and I won’t be together for Thanksgiving, as they’ll be with their dad’s family this year.

When he first suggested the idea, I thought I couldn’t possibly be away from my kids on such a special day - but then I realized that spending time with their one living grandparent was of course a top priority, so I agreed.

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Getting my kids and me across the pond has taken a careful calibration of timing. I wanted to go when they’d be old enough to deeply appreciate the experience and have a bit of independence (like handling their own suitcases) but also before they’re off to college and might not want to travel with Mom.

(Host) All this week we're sampling recorded excerpts from the latest VPR Commentator Brunch. This year, the theme was When World's Collide... which reminded commentator Annie Guyon of the time her father met some of her more colorful friends - at a party.

(Guyon) I'm Anne Guyon and this is Parental Love versus Life on Haight.

When I was in college, my Dad would sometimes take the train into the city so we could play tourist together.

Guyon: Off The Grid

Nov 12, 2012