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An NPE’s Journey Toward Forgiveness and Art

Updated On: September 6, 2023

Season: 3 | Episode: 43

We’re hearing more stories about families that have secrets that go to the grave, including Cory Goodrich’s. Cory is an NPE (aka non parental event), discovered after the man she knew as her father died. “Do I belong? What’s wrong with me?” were questions Cory asked herself as a child. Cory is the author of the book, “Folksong: A Ballad of Death, Discovery and DNA,” about her family journey and how she began to heal through art and performance.

“Trust your children enough to handle the truth. There’s great trauma from making this discovery at a later age. The best thing we can do is talk honestly, openly. If we have something to share that will help the next person, it’s our obligation,” Cory says about family secrets.

Cory has become a voice for the NPE community, as she learned that storytelling brings connection.

Guest bio:

Born in Wilmington, Delaware and raised in Clarkston, Michigan, Cory Goodrich is a Jeff Award-winning actress for her roles as Mother in Drury Lane Oakbrook’s acclaimed production of “Ragtime,” and as June Carter Cash in the Jeff nominated Johnny Cash revue, “Ring of Fire” at Mercury Theater Chicago. A Graduate of Michigan State University, she is also a singer/songwriter, producer, writer, and mother of two, children’s composer with her two award winning CDs, Hush and Wiggly Toes, and three solo folk albums: W.O.M.A.N, Wildwood Flower, a collection of traditional and original folk songs featuring the autoharp, and her latest project, Long Way Around, produced by Ethan Deppe of The Quiet Regret. She is co-producer of six Season of Carols CDs (Season of Carols, Holiday Music to Benefit Season of Concern, which garnered over $200K for the charity.) and The Second City Divas, Live at Mercury Theater CD with Eugene Dizon. Her memoir, Folksong: A Ballad of Death, Discovery, and DNA is available on Amazon.

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