Conversations with folks you’ll adore.
Hi there! My name’s Ted Pearlman and I arrange 4-person phone conversations (and the occasional in-person get-together) for a population of uniquely sweet people I call Sugarmaples.
How the phone conversations work.
Several times a week, I send an in-the-news, online tidbit (it could be almost anything: a tweet, an article from the Des Moines Register, an Instagram) to every Sugarmaple I know.
The first four who respond jump on a call and talk about it for twenty-five minutes.
Here’s an example, from Dec 18th.
What makes a Sugarmaple a Sugarmaple.
They share ten universal character traits in common: Warmth. Intellectual curiosity. Liberalness. An extremely high tolerance for silly behavior. Empathy. Something you might call “what-you-see-is-what-you-get-ness”. And four more I’m perpetually incapable of describing in words.
I call them Sugarmaples in honor of my mom. She loved good conversation. The sugar maple was her favorite tree. And Sugarmaples bare a remarkable resemblance to her sweetest friends, who were a constant presence in our apartment when I was growing up.