Lisa Kohn is the author of her award winning memoir to the moon and back: a childhood under the influence. Born in NJ to hippie parents and raised in New York City’s East Village in the 1970s, Lisa’s early years were a mixture of encounter groups, primal screams, macrobiotic diets, communes, Indian ashrams, Jefferson Airplane concerts in Central Park, and watching naked actors on off-Broadway stages during the musical HAIR. By the time her older brother was ten, Lisa’s father had him smoking pot. By the time Lisa was ten, Lisa’s mother had them pledging their lives to the Unification Church, also called the “Moonies,” and the Moonies’ self-appointed Messiah, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.
IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT THINGS LIKE:
- The ecstatic comfort of inclusion in a cult as a child and the torment of rebelling against the cult as a teenager.
- The mind-boggling abuse, scars, addictions, and inner demons Lisa struggled with that led her to almost jump off a bridge, become anorexic, take lots of cocaine, and get into dysfunctional relationships.
- Lisa’s inspiring journey of healing that helped her find a sense of self-worth.
- How to stay out of extremist situations or get out of them.
SOME QUESTIONS IRENE ASKS LISA:
- How were you able to accept and forgive each of your parents?
- What is your advice for anyone who feels hopeless and damaged beyond repair?
- What inspired you to share your story with all its absurd and horrid details with the world?
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