Oral History: “Slippery Slope”

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We knew that trailing the heels of last month’s remarkable show, “Outside the Box,” was going to be a tough act to follow. The cast of “Slippery Slope,” however, was a formidable crew with powerful stories of love, loss, anger, regret and redemption. Our actions and choices can be quite a slippery slope, and we are so grateful that this group invited us along for the wild ride!

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“Outside The Box,” Featuring Maureen Brice Bordelon

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Storyteller: Maureen Brice Bordelon

The calm, cool, and collected Maureen Brice Bordelon described the day when her entire world was turned upside down, as a doctor diagnosed her youngest son with autism. Maureen recalled the moments that left her on the shower floor in tears, as well as the moment when she picked herself up and refused to be a victim of a disease she hates so fiercely. Our hearts broke with Maureen in those hard moments, but also we rejoiced alongside her when she described the first time her son, who might never have spoken, said, “Mama, I love you.”

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“Outside The Box,” Featuring Julia Cotton

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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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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Peter Luby

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He was afraid of heights, speed and public shirtlessness, until his future wife convinced him to jump off a cliff one summer. And this month, Peter Luby will wax nostalgic on the Oral Fixation stage about the magic summer day he realized she was the one, for “Slippery Slope.”

Peter Luby grew up in Arlington and Fort Worth. He keeps moving away from Texas only to come right home. He is a former AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteer, and he currently works as a grant writer. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Christine Zanjanipour

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Christine Zanjanipour returns to the Oral Fixation stage to share her “Slippery Slope” story that she thankfully survived to tell.

Christine Zanjanipour was born and raised in Southern California.  In 2005, she moved to Frisco with her husband Alex and two boys, Kai and Skyler, in search of a more humble and educationally sound place to raise their children.  Christine works as a Regional Sales & Marketing Director for Builder Homesite.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jay Peeples

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For nearly as long as there have been wars, there have been war movie cliches. But this month, Jay Peeples will debrief Oral Fixation audiences on a class of enemy unlike any Hollywood’s ever depicted, for “Slippery Slope.”

Jay Peeples was born in Alaska and grew up in Texas. At age 17 he was sitting in a bunker in South Korea. He’s since interned at NASA, been a film extra and a Microchip builder. The current 53 year-old undergrad married the love of his life in 2013.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Monic Reynoso

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Almost six years to the day of the car crash that nearly took her life, Monic Reynoso shares the continuing story of her difficult recovery on the Oral Fixation stage for “Slippery Slope.”

Monic Reynoso was raised in Amarillo and moved to Mesquite at the age of 21. She’s earning her Bachelors in graphic design with a concentration in glassblowing at the University of Texas at Arlington. She hopes to pave the way for the next artist with a disability. 

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“Train Wreck,” Featuring Paul Scott

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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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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Donny Hornstein

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His mouth has gotten him fired from more than a few jobs. And this month, Donny Hornstein shares the story of how he finally learned to deal with his anger on the Oral Fixation stage for “Slippery Slope.”

Donny Hornstein is an information systems professional with more than twenty years experience. Additionally, he has been involved in men’s trainings through the Mankind Project. Donny has staffed more than 20 New Warrior Trainings and facilitated many men in discovering their truest inner landscape.

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