By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 20, 2020 at 7:01 AM

Once the pandemic struck, many of us were plunged into the world of seemingly never-ending online meetings. Knowing that this meant our colleagues, clients and other acquaintances would get to peek into our home offices – real or makeshift – many of us thought about what we wanted to be visible in the frame other than our face.

Thus, Emmy-award winning actor and local funnyman John McGivern launched a brilliant online series called "What's in the background?" from his "Around The Corner" Facebook page. This new series speaks directly – and humorously – to the new COVID-influenced culture of online meetings and the curious things that appear in some people's backgrounds.

In each segment, McGivern interviews a Milwaukeean – many of whom are media peeps – and recently he interviewed me.

My background includes a massive, colorful Palmistry shop sign with a wizard and the words "It's out of your hands." McGivern, who is not only a gifted storyteller, but also an great listener, wanted to know why, and so I spilled the story. You can hear/watch it below – and also catch all of the "What's in the background?" episodes here.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.