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 A Chicago Moth GrandSLAM winner tells a revealing true story dealing with vices and weakness. 

 

On the first day of junior high school, I decided to make a statement to the other students, a declaration of principles about who I was and what I stood for. That's why I wore a Superman T-shirt.  I didn't realize that something...

 

Craig, a former minor league baseball player turned software executive had it with the software business.  So, naturally, he bought 5 pregnant asian water buffalo, rented 6 acres on a nothern California goat ranch and set out to make Italian...

 

dysfunctional family with smiling faces

i walked away at 18

lived though 5 years in the fetal position

no internal injuries but my soul was bruised

my battle scars hidden with a melancholy smile

married a man...

 

so i got to talking with my good friend, an elder who i think is oh so wise.
and she brooke it down for me, the difference between love and, well, love.

 

Tony's brother Chris is an equally amazing storyteller...listen to his adventures in Alaska with the most terrifying animal alive...the MOOSE.

 

 Lee lives in Santa Clara, California. He sees things. Ghosts. They come to him and knock late every night.

From ten thousand miles away, a Chinese seer watches. He knows that if Lee doesn't get help, he'll be in big trouble. My dad...

 

A massive, citywide pillow fight! On Valentine's, no less! I thought, how adorable, how twee, how sweet. How wrong I was. A story about heartbreak and helmets. Pardon the fact that this was...

 

 She had asked for a Rice Crispy Treat. 

 

Dammit. My heart leapt into my throat. The tag on the tray said Marshmallow Bar. Can’t she read?

 

 

Every time I've told this story, it's been spun for one of three reasons (occasionally, it's an amalgam of all these reasons). But, the common denominator in each case is, at the end of the day, this story gets a laugh... right after a shudder....

 

Prologue:

I made my mom an unwed teen mother. Back in the '70's, teen pregnancy wasn't exactly common in her town, but it seems there also wasn't the stigma attached that may have existed just a decade before. I doubt she found many...

 

Beautiful bride, supportive parents.  I had one of those.  Told live at Storytelling at the Perch in Brooklyn.  Enjoy, despite the quality of the audio.  

 

 

In big, beautiful, sweeping strokes, she drew her name in curvaceous, curlicue calligraphy across the black board with a stump of white chalk. She turned and smiled, slowly surveying the faces of the 20...

 

 This is a story  about my first day of class as a nerdy student (from another country) in the USA.