August/September 2013

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Listening With . . . Gudrun Johnston Knitter Shutesbury, Massachusetts Gudrun Johnston (far right) with her listening family: Husband David Anthony Durham and children Maya and Sage "I don't really like to have visual things on during the day, so being able to listen to something works much better." 72 I AudioFile/ Photo by Adrien Bisson Knitting designer and teacher Gudrun Johnston ( lives with a family of listeners. "We all listen. My daughter Maya is probably the only one who doesn't listen often. But my husband [author David Anthony Durham] and my son, Sage, who is 12, listen the most." She pauses. "Like, constantly, pretty much nonstop. David takes long walks with our dog every morning, so he's usually always listening to something. And for my son, it's become a nighttime ritual for him to go to sleep listening to something." Gudrun does most of her own listening at the kitchen table, surrounded by the bustle of a busy household. "It does affect what I choose to listen to, so that nothing's going to be inappropriate!" But that's not the only reason her kids factor into her listening choices. "They're both getting older, 12 and 14, and I want to know what they're reading, just so that we can read some of the same material and talk about it." —Jennifer M. Dowell

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