Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Lyndol Woodruff

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No matter where he went, Lyndol Woodruff had little trouble finding new bad influences — that is, until the day he realized he had become the bad influence. Next month he takes the Oral Fixation stage to describe his battle with substance abuse in “Partner in Crime.”

Lyndol Keith Woodruff is a unique blend of personality, creativity and business mindedness. A product pitchman by trade, he spent years in Los Angeles working in entertainment, the non-profit sector and has built quite the network. He is VP of Solarity Studios, a writer, actor, stand-up comic and aspiring author/inspirational speaker.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Paul Yanez

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With the help of his four-legged companion, Paul Yanez has learned that he’s up for facing any adventure life throws at him. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Partner in Crime” to recount the time he burned through three cars on a 12-hour-drive. 

Since his quadruple bypass in 2013, Paul Yanez has looked for meaningful ways to spend his time. He supports a small film company (H4H Films) that focuses on human rights issues. Their current project is based on Bessie Rodriguez, whose son was murdered by a Dallas police officer in the ‘70s.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Brooke Lancaster

Whenever she wants to try her hand at a new career field or hobby, Brooke Lancaster doesn’t hesitate to just go for it. Next month, in “Partner in Crime,” she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage, to reveal how that mindset brought her frighteningly close to bank robbery. 

Brooke Lancaster has recently come home to Texas after a decade on the East Coast. She developed a storytelling program for a correctional facility and works with inmates to write a positive next chapter for their lives. Shooting pool, drinking good whiskey, and welding ring in her new year.

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“Push The Envelope”

“Push The Envelope” Podcast is now LIVE

New Podcast for “Push The Envelope” in Partnership with Dallas Media Outlet, CentralTrack.com, as One Continuous Podcast

The Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) podcast is back for Season 5! We will be releasing each Season 5 show once a month in collaboration with Central Track starting with ‪#‎PushTheEnvelope‬. Check out our new updated format edited by former storyteller Emily Trube including music by the amazing Daniel Hart & Dark Rooms! Click below, fill your cup with something warm & enjoy!!

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jeffry Farrell

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When Jeffry Farrell called Kumar Pallana in 1995 from a payphone on the street in Paris, the short, stout Pallana, also known as “Kumar the Magnificent”, thanked him for returning his call. “Leave Paris,” Pallana instructed, and  Farrell returned to Dallas. Reeling from an unwanted divorce and unsure of his future, Farrell followed orders. In the years that followed, Pallana, former world-class plate-spinner from The Ed Sullivan Show, instructed Farrell in yoga, juggling and balance (in all things, from spinning plates to life). Farrell, a lost man, found his way and Kumar the Magnificent went on to star in films by Wes Anderson and Steven Spielberg.

Jeffry Farrell lives with the perception that one’s body is the living record of personal history. And, further, that our human body is a vessel of timeless Divine Consciousness. His children laugh. His wife laughs, sings and sometimes cries. Jeff teaches at and owns Park Cities Yoga, celebrating 16 years in Dallas.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Nicole Fillion-Robin

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After suffering through a harrowing summer of domestic violence, Nicole Fillion-Robin could have melted down. But next month, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about how her “Partner in Crime” and fellow DV survivor got her through. 

Nicole Fillion-Robin is a social justice professional, travel enthusiast and lover of most humans. While she enjoys risky behavior — like rock climbing, anarchy and hitchhiking — at heart she’s a true nerd-pacifist and loves losing herself in fiction, journaling and learning foreign languages.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Dana Proulx-Willis

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Truancy, vandalism, shoplifting and drinking were everyday occurrences for Dana Proulx-Willis and her gang of moccasin-wearing cohorts. Next month she’ll recall her years of juvenile delinquency on the Oral Fixation stage in “Partner in Crime.”

Dana Proulx-Willis began life in 1962 in Seattle. Five moves later, she landed in Farmers Branch, Texas, where she spent most of her formative years. She graduated from Arts Magnet, got her BFA in theatre and education from Texas State, and is now a children’s storyteller, teaching artist and playwright.

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“Too Many Cooks” Featuring Michael Serrapica

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Being a Bronx-raised Italian, Michael Serrapica grew up with a large family of eaters. There was an audible “mmmm” from the crowd as they salivated over the delicious foods that Michael and his relatives shared at their 1965 Thanksgiving gathering, their most gluttonous meal to date. He ended the evening perfectly, reminding everyone that the reason that we all get together for the holidays is to be together.

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“Too Many Cooks” Featuring Sally Salas

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Storyteller: Sally Salas

Everything Sally Salas knows about parenting she learned from Google, a service which really came in handy during all those kitchen talks with her stepdaughter. As a stepmother, one of the many tall tales to dispel from outside influences on her impressionable preteen daughter, was that watermelon causes menstrual cramps.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Darius Frasure

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After fighting his way out of the hood, Darius Frasure realized violence isn’t thet answer. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage for our Partner in Crime show to talk about how he’s learned to keep his anger in check and help others do the same. 

Darius Ajai Frasure is a Professor of English at Mountain View College, a proud graduate of Paul Quinn College, Luther Rice Seminary, and National University. A winner of numerous teaching awards, he mentors young artists and hides in dark corners with books.

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