Our Eyes are Fixed On: Mary Gallagher Williams

Lover of the sound of waves crashing on the beach, Scooby Doo, and rolling down hills. 

Mary Gallagher Williams discovered her untapped passion for writing several years ago, so she returned to school and graduated in 2011 with a journalism degree. An avid moviegoer, she enjoys photography, traveling, and cycling around White Rock Lake. She lives in the artsy Lakewood area of Dallas.

If Mary were to write an autobiography, it would be titled: It’s a Wonderful Life…Most of the Time. Read more

Our Eyes Are Fixed on: Lori Brennan

One of Our Newest Oral Fixation Storytellers. 

Lori Brennan is a graphic designer, singer and artist. She has been known to do just about any (legal) creative job as RedGirl Creative. In college friends often begged, “Lori, tell us a story.”   She has an awesome son and a cool black dog named after Danny Zuko in Grease.  Her purse at all times contains a pocket knife, camera and a Sharpie. (She can even be hired for any party for Sharpie-tattooed forearm name tags. But that’s another story…)

You might find Lori listening to music and hanging out at Lee Harvey’s or at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Late Nights at the DMA!

If she were to write her autobiography, it would be titled: I’ve Dated A Lot of Losers, But They’ve All Had Good Qualities. Read more

Story from “Fresh Start”: Ray Johnston

Next up from “Fresh Start” is a story from Ray Johnston. Enjoy!

Theme: “Fresh Start”
Storyteller: Ray Johnston

Listen as ex-Maverick-turned-musician, Ray Johnston, describes the startling diagnosis of Leukemia that would forever change his life. Also featuring a live version of the Ray Johnston Band song, “Supernatural.”

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams and now our YouTube Channel 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”: Mac Lower

Next up from “Fresh Start” is a story from Mac Lower. Enjoy!

Theme: “Fresh Start”
Storyteller: Mac Lower

Oral Fixation’s own Mac Lower tells a hilarious and heartbreaking story about his experience as a small-time weed growing collegiate that eventually leads to an unanticipated fresh start.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams and now our YouTube Channel 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.

Our Eyes are Fixed On: Ward Richmond

A Water Balloon-Throwing, Buddy Holly-Loving, Music-Playing Kind of Guy

Ward Richmond was born and raised in Dallas. He grew up in Lakewood and graduated from Woodrow Wilson ‘96 and Brown University ‘00. Ward has a gorgeous wife, Gina, and they have a dog, Waylon. He works as a professional musician, a commercial real estate broker and a triathlon coach.

Ward can often be found at Lakewood Landing, listening for his favorite sound of a beer can opening and dreaming of becoming a movie star.

His favorite book of the last decade is The Comedy Writer by Peter Farrelly.

Don’t miss Ward telling his story at Cold Turkey on December 11th at the MAC.

Our Current Fix: Storytelling Animal

“Research shows that story is constantly nibbling and kneading us.”

“Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It’s easy to say that humans are “wired” for story, but why?”

This is the premise of Jonathan Gottschall’s book Storytelling Animal, which came out earlier this year. In what the New York Times calls a “jaunty, insightful book,” Gottschall writes the first collective theory of storytelling. It’s a fascinating insight into what makes storytelling so intrinsically human.

We’re into it, are you?

Read the NYTimes review.

Our Current Fix: Bawdy Storytelling

Storytelling + Sex + San Francisco =Bawdy Storytelling.

Sound fun? We sure think so.

Founded by Dixie De La Tour, Bawdy Storytelling is a monthly storytelling event in San Francisco that features real people sharing their bona-fide sexual exploits in 10 minutes or less. Storytellers are an eclectic mix of authors, poets, comedians and actors – along with a handful of real people just like you who have submitted their stories online and were chosen for their panache and sense of misadventure.

Learn more about Bawdy Storytelling at their website.

If you’re going to be in the San Francisco/Oakland area soon, check out a Bawdy Storytelling Show!

Story from “Fresh Start”: Nicole Stewart

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

Theme: “Fresh Start”
Storyteller: Nicole Stewart

Oral Fixation creator Nicole Stewart boldly shares her story centering around the surreal moment of watching her boyfriend shake her ex-husband’s hand. She reflects on her past love and life in light of new love. This story tugs at your heart as we all know the pain of recognizing our own mistakes and the healing power of forgiveness.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams and now our YouTube Channel 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.

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