Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Ernest McMillan


Taking the Oral Fixation stage for the first time for next month’s “Outside the Box”: Ernest McMillan, with a powerful story of becoming a fugitive in West Africa in the late 1960s. 

Ernest McMillan was born in the heart of Dallas, the offspring of a country girl and a city boy, inherited strong legacies from brave ancestors, sprouted fresh strivings through the turbulent 1960s to become a community builder in Houston’s bloody Fifth Ward until 2007, returning home to Dallas rejuvenated.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Maureen Brice Bordelon


Before it closed, Maureen Brice Bordelon loved the glitz of Henderson Street’s Ice House. Now she’s the author of a book about raising a child with autism. And next month she shares a little bit of that journey with the Oral Fixation audience for “Outside the Box.” 

Maureen Brice Bordelon is a native Dallasite whose grown-up job was in computers and technology until the curve ball of autism crashed through her life’s window. Maureen is an author, Dallas Morning News blogger, advocate, and strives for organic everything with her husband and three beautiful kids.

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“Old School,” Featuring Renée Rossi

Theme: “Old School”
Storyteller: Renée Rossi

Renée shares the inspiring things she learned growing up in Detroit as a homicide detective’s daughter during the worst economic and desegregation times — and how she fought to become an ear, nose, and throat doctor.

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“Old School,” Featuring George Palmer

Theme: “Old School”
Storyteller: George Palmer

George’s mother liked to say “Manners make a man.” Follow him through his story of how his difficult relationship with his mother affected him as a father and husband — and how he came to understand just what his mother meant.

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Jen Griffin Attends the Dallas StoryCorps Launch

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It goes without saying that Oral Fixation is my go-to story telling muse in Dallas! Nothing compares. But when I’m in my car, the wonderful stories that come from the national award-winning NPR show StoryCorps can often be heard in my speakers. I’ve wondered what it would be like to be a part of a traveling show and get a behind-the-scenes view.

So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that StoryCorps was traveling to Dallas for the month of December, and I was able to attend a press conference launch this week as ambassador for Oral Fixation.

It was held outside at the ATTPAC center with the famous StoryCorps Airstream front and center. There were several speakers from KERA and StoryCorps, and the event was closed with a great band. A few of the North Texas stories that were already being recorded were Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and local multimedia artist Christopher Blay.

The more exciting part of the day for me was being able to share Oral Fixation with Emily Janssen, StoryCorps site manager. Two storytelling shows, two different platforms, yet both bringing the community together through real-life stories. The Dallas Morning News even captured my moment with Janssen.

OF and StoryCorps are being produced right across the street from each other, and we really hope to see Emily and the StoryCorps crew at our “Outside The Box” show on December 8.

The other bit of good news is that by pure luck I was able to reserve a StoryCorp interview/recording session for Friday, December 19. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Julia Cotton


She loves that smell right before it rains (you know the one), Dory from Finding Nemo, and the television show Community. And we love that this comedy queen makes her Oral Fixation debut next month for our show themed “Outside the Box.” 

Julia E. Cotton was born in Houston but has lived most of her life in DFW.  She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in radio, television, and film. She currently performs improv and sketch comedy at Dallas Comedy House.  She hopes to inspire her two kids as much as they inspire her.

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“Old School,” Featuring Jillian Rickard

Theme: “Old School”
Storyteller: Jillian Rickard

Growing up with a father who was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps meant Jillian’s family moved a lot. Here she shares the valuable lessons she learned as a girl who once moved from Washington, D.C., to Warsaw, Poland, only to move again a few years later.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: April Swartz-Larson


People tell her she reminds them of Ellen Degeneres. Is it because she has killer dance moves or because she has piercing blue eyes? Or maybe it’s just because she’s funny? You be the judge when April Swartz-Larson takes the Oral Fixation stage for “Outside the Box” next month. 

April Swartz-Larson is a conformist by day at McKinney High School (but just to get into a good college to radically change the world) and a punk rebel by night. She likes loud Bob Dylan, The Rachel Maddow Show, pleather jackets, and passionate political ranting with fellow teenage iconoclasts.

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“Old School,” Featuring Darek Tatum

Theme: “Old School”
Storyteller: Darek Tatum

Funny man Darek Tatum shares his journey of becoming an improv comic while overcoming severe shyness and following the Lord’s path for him. Realizing he needs a little “excitement with his Jesus,” he turns his story into one big laugh.

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“Slippery Slope”

\’sli-p(ə-)rē\ \’slōp\


What does it mean?

– In logic and critical thinking, a slippery slope is a logical device, but it is usually known under its fallacious form, in which a person asserts that some event must inevitably follow from another … A slippery slope argument states that a relatively small first step leads to a chain of related events culminating in some significant effect, much like an object given a small push over the edge of a slope sliding all the way to the bottom. (source: Wikipedia)

– a process or series of events that is hard to stop or control once it has begun and that usually leads to worse or more difficult things (source: Merriam-Webster)

– also known as “the camel’s nose” (source: The Nizkor Project)

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