“Two Peas In A Pod” featuring Kathryn Kowal

Theme: “Two Peas In A Pod”
Storyteller: Kathryn Kowal

The innately kind and compassionate Kathryn Kowal described her earliest memories, which were of being on the run from an abusive father with her mother and siblings. In recalling the bed they shared for the first 18 years of her life, Kathryn articulated the impenetrable bond she shares with her sister. These two little peas literally shared the same pod until they went to college, reminding us of the strong ties that bind a family together, even amid pain, heartache, and growing up.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Jay Peeples

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Jay Peeples

After 16 years in the Air Force Reserves, Jay Peeples had never looked the opposition in the eye. That all changed one night when Jay was on patrol in Saudi Arabia, and faced a potential attack from a pack of men in pastel disco shirts, as if they were plucked straight from Saturday Night Fever.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Amanda Rodenborg

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Amanda Rodenborg

She has a heart of gold, and a singing voice to match. Here, Amanda Rodenborg shares the story of how she finally climbed out from under a five-figure credit card debt for “Slippery Slope.”

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Monic Reynoso

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Monic Reynoso

With great strength, Monic Reynoso, speaks about how a fluke accident turned her life upside down and left her paralyzed from the chest down. Through dark days, Monic ultimately found healing, hope and a mentor through an outlet she never anticipated: glassblowing.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Peter Luby

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
Storyteller: Peter Luby

Self-proclaimed “not fun guy,” Peter Luby, describes what happened once he finally decided to let go and let loose. From a teenage romance founded on love letters and ice cream, Peter discovered how love can push people outside their boundaries in ways they could never imagine — including taking a literal leap of faith off a cliff.

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“Outside The Box” featuring April Swartz-Larson

Theme: “Outside The Box”
Storyteller: April Swartz-Larson

In the Dallas suburb of McKinney, it is definitely an outside-the-box idea to crown an openly gay student as homecoming queen. April Swartz-Larson’s coronation thrust her into the public eye, and the media has peppered her with questions about what it feels  like to be Texas’ Gay Homecoming Queen. On the Oral Fixation stage, however, April was able to tell her story in her own words for the first time.

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“Outside The Box” featuring Jenny Block

Theme: “Outside The Box”
Storyteller: Jenny Block

Author and Huffington Post writer Jenny Block details her journey of sex, love and marriage, describing how she and her husband settled into an open-marriage. She challenged the audience to consider the fact that outside-the-box choices are to be respected in the same way that “normal” choices are, whatever “normal” even means! As a straight, then bisexual, and now lesbian woman, Jenny shared how her sexuality has changed over time and how she and her husband make this very unconventional arrangement work for them.

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“Outside The Box,” Featuring Julia Cotton

Theme: “Outside The Box”
Storyteller: Julia Cotton

The charismatic and hilarious Julia Cotton reflects back to high school, where she aspired to date outside her box of band nerds. In particular, she yearned for the love of one “fine chocolate specimen,” an out-of-her-league football star named Darren.

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“Train Wreck,” Featuring Paul Scott

Theme: “Train Wreck”
Storyteller: Paul Scott

Not all clothing optional getaways are created equal. Frequent Oral Fixation performer Paul Scott recalls how he discovered this to be true when he and his wife decided to enjoy a second honeymoon at what ended up being one of the filthiest resorts on the planet.

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