Story from “Fresh Start”: Lori Reisenbichler

Next up from “Fresh Start” is a story from Lori Reisenbichler. Enjoy!

Theme: “Fresh Start”
Storyteller: Lori Reisenbichler

“If you can get your nails done, you can get your baby out of a hurricane.”

Lori shares a poignant, eye-opening story about Darlene, a sassy and resilient Katrina victim who she befriends in the midst of a FEMA rehabilitation.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts and Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams to stay up to date on the published stories. So if you missed out on any of the past shows, you finally get your chance to catch up on the action.

Story from “Fresh Start”: Peter B. Stewart

Next up from “Fresh Start” is a story from Peter B. Stewart.  Enjoy!

Theme: “Fresh Start”
Storyteller: Peter B. Stewart

Peter shares a riveting tale of a near-death car accident that inspired him to grow personally from a shy bachelor into a confident man fully ready to take on the responsibilities of adulthood.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts and Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams to stay up to date on the published stories. So if you missed out on any of the past shows, you finally get your chance to catch up on the action.

Story from “Fresh Start”: Becca Shivers

After much anticipation, we are finally rolling out stories for Season 1 of Oral Fixation in podcast and video formats! We are going to start at the beginning of the season and work our way chronologically through each theme and story. Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts and Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams to stay up to date on the published stories. So if you missed out on any of the past shows, you finally get your chance to catch up on the action.

We start off with a story from Becca Shivers, which she told during “Fresh Start”. Enjoy!

Theme: “Fresh Start”
Storyteller: Becca Shivers

Description: From self-proclaimed “deadbeat sister,” to an unexpected dream come true, Becca Shivers takes us on her journey toward failure and the surprise that it brings her.

We Want Your Stories.

Everyone Has a Story. And We Want to Read Yours. 

 

Oral Fixation is looking for submissions for Season 2. 

 

Here’s What You Need to Know:

Your story must be true, have happened to you, and should be approximately 1200 words in length.

How Does Submitting Work?

It’s super easy. Simply go to the submissions page on our website.

There, you fill out a bit of personal information and upload your story.

If we feel like your piece is well-suited for the show, Nicole Stewart will then contact you.

If you are accepted, you’ll then go through an editing process to pull forth the truthiest, juiciest parts of your story and get you ready for the stage.  You’ll attend a rehearsal and on the night of the show you’ll read your story from the page.

Doesn’t this sound like fun? Read more

Our Eyes are Fixed on: Paul Scott

Storyteller, Lover of waves breaking on the shore, Dumbo and Virginia Woolf

Husband of one, father of two and brother of three, Paul has collectively spent four years of his life visiting five continents. After six years of graduate school, he makes his living discussing seven habits of highly successful people.  His first play, “Henry the Eighth,” was written when he was nine. Regrettably, he has yet to be described as a perfect ten.

He’d name his autobiography, “The Road Yet Traveled.”

Paul can often be spotted at La Duni, enjoying the food, ambiance and anything that has the word “chocolate” in it.

In Paul’s opinion:

Best Book of the Last Decade– The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Be sure to catch Paul telling his story at our first show of the season: Baby Steps!

Our Eyes are Fixed on Jim Smith

Storyteller, Managing Director of a Dallas CPA Firm,

Lover of Mountain Streams and Summer Vacation

Jim Smith is not foreign to the Oral Fixation stage. He performed in “Cooking With Gas” in May and recently in “Best of Season 1.”

He was born and raised in Dallas.  He graduated from Highland Park High School and from SMU with a BBA in accounting and economics.  He has been married forty-one years, has three adult daughters, all married, and four grandchildren. If he was writing his autobiography, he would name it, “Stumbling to Eternity.”

Jim frequents The Library Bar (both of them) and would really like to share a cigar, a brandy, and some conversation with Samuel Clemens.

In Jim’s opinion:

The Best Thing About Childhood is summer vacation = three months of holiday.

The Best Cartoon = Bugs Bunny because he was clever, insolent and a free spirit.

Be sure to catch Jim telling his story at our first show of the season: Baby Steps!

Our Eyes are Fixed On: Whitney Presley

Storyteller, Writer, Occasional Mascot, Lover of Tex-Mex and No Stranger to Oral Fixation

Whitney Presley performed her hilarious romp in a Latvian amusement park in “Have a Field Day” and “The Best of Season 1” last season and we are so glad to have her back!

She works in non-profit digital communications and occasionally tweets (@wpresley). She has, in previous careers, been a writer, graphic designer, actress and the mascot for two different fast food joints. She admits that smart choices elude her on a consistent basis, but she rarely regrets those choices.

She’d love to meet Leonardo Da Vinci and she is not a fan of cartoons, as they give her the “heebie-jeebies.”

If she were writing her autobiography, she would call it, “Just Short of Broadway.”

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Whitney answered that she used to want to be a janitor “because they had the keys to everything.”

Whitney can often be spotted enjoying  Tex-Mex at the Blue Goose.

In Whitney’s opinion:

Best Books of the Last Decade– 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
 by Michael Chabon

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Thing Missed Most About Childhood–

Being able to eat as much ice cream as she wants without gaining any weight.

Be sure to catch Whitney gracing the Oral Fixation Stage again at our first show of the season: Baby Steps!

Our Eyes are Fixed on: John Gorman

Storyteller, Lover of Bugs Bunny and Cultural Anthropology

Born and raised in the bumpy part of CO that was once part of The Republic of Texas, and having lost a bet on the subject, he is resigned to being native-ish.  John misses the carefree days of aimless adventuring of his childhood. He enjoys getting outdoors, spending time with his wonderful family, eating and cooking delicious food, and savoring the company of his great friends.

If writing his own autobiography, he’d title it, “The Lemonade Stand.”
John can be spotted at Goodfriend with friends, Times Ten Cellars with his wife and at the Dallas Arboretum with anyone who wants to go!

John’s Most Embarrassing Mistake:

“Perhaps failing to close my fly before an executive meeting. This was called out by a female exec, with subsequent hilarity when I lost a pen during the same meeting and was tempted to ask whether she had, ‘seen my bic.'”

In John’s opinion:

Best Book of the Last Decade– The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Person He’d Like to Meet– “Jesus, because I think our culture paints a picture of him that is often inaccurate, and I would like to know the truth.  I suspect he was a lot like Ghandi or MLK.  Failing that, I’d like to meet my great-great-great grandchild.”

Be sure to catch John telling his juicy story at our first show of the season: Baby Steps!

Our Eyes are Fixed on: Catherine Cuellar

Storyteller, lover of live music, the sounds of flowing water and Club Dada

In recent years, she has sung at Carnegie Hall; reported from Dallas County jail and a Texas prison; judged Candy, Chocolate, Biscuits and Cobbler at the State Fair of Texas; had her passport stamped on five continents; left her wedding via pedicab; and met two Nobel Peace Prize winners.

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Catherine answered “healthy and happy.”

She can often be spotted at Lee Harvey’s, the Kessler or the NYLO Rooftop Soda Bar. Read more

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