A Square Meal Regardless

“How the heck am I going to find a story?!” Students at Salt ask that question incessantly at the beginning of a semester. And trust me, they don’t always say ‘heck.’

To spark thinking on where to look for a story, for many years we’ve used “50 Places to Shop for Story Ideas” by Gregg McLachlan. I think it’s an excellent starting point.

One thing missing from the list? Yard sales.

Student Jen Nathan found today’s story, “A Square Meal Regardless,” while thumbing through the classified section of a newspaper (which is on the list, by the way).

Have a listen, check out the list, then add number 51 — yard sales.




  1. 4 Responses to “A Square Meal Regardless”

  2. By Brock Lueck on Mar 28, 2011

    This was great timing as I had the day off work and was heading out with mic in hand, not quite sure what I was after. (not a strategy to live by really!)
    Brock Lueck, Edinburgh

  3. By Dan on Aug 18, 2011

    The first Saltcast I listened to. Was hooked immediately. Thanks for this great story.


  4. By Emily on Jun 4, 2012

    I started the day with “Til Death Do Us Part” and now this one…Heavy start to my Monday, but good stories nonetheless.

    Jen got great audio from these two old friends. I think it would also make a good non-narrated piece.

    I hope Cedric had a kind soul to take care of him. I found his obituary online–he died in the home he was born in on 10/25/09.

    So he didn’t sell the house after all.

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