Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Pamela Stone

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She is an award-winning writer herself, but next week, Pamela Stone will return to the Oral Fixation stage to talk about how it was her daughter’s literal “Writing On The Wall” of their home that helped the two connect during those awkward teen years.

Pamela Stone is an award-winning journalist and author whose articles have appeared in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times syndicates. Her book, A Woman’s Guide to Living Alone, is nationally distributed. She says that writing is in her DNA. Her father often rose at dawn to write Japanese haikus.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Rene Rivera


With a brave face and a strong defense mechanism, she looked past the “Writing On The Wall” for longer than most anyone else would have tolerated. And next week Rene Rivera will take the Oral Fixation stage to share how she finally came to grips with her husband’s mental illness. 

Rene Rivera is from Oklahoma City. She is a mother of two teenage boys, who are the light of her life, and the thorn in her side at the same time. She is currently a business analyst for a health care compliance company. Rene enjoys the outdoors, traveling and being active. When she wants to escape from the world, she binges on Netflix.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Candy Evans

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She always figured she’d resume her writing career once the kids left for college, but she had no idea just how far it would take her the second time around. This month, Candy Evans takes the Oral Fixation stage to talk about starting one of Dallas’ first real estate blogs and finding her way to reality TV for “Writing On The Wall.”

Candy Evans is an Internet entrepreneur, and founder of  CandysDirt.comSecondShelters.com  and MidlandDirt.com, named Best Real Estate Blog by NAREE. She also writes for New Geography, Inman Real Estate News , Katy Trail Weekly, CultureMap and Modern Luxury Dallas. She is regarded as a social media visionary for real estate.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Phillip Morales

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He’s willing to eagerly test the universe’s paradoxes. And next week, Phillip Morales will take the Oral Fixation stage to reminisce about the first time he literally saw his “Writing On The Wall,” and realized his true calling.

Phillip Morales is an avid writer and holds a degree in screenwriting from SMU. He’s spent his career writing and producing films, theater plays and digital videos. By day, he is a multimedia producer for a local non-profit and by night he is editor-in-chief of Mercado Bilingüe.

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Our Eyes are Fixed On: R. Jane Hardin


She’s been told she’s far more interesting than she looks. And you won’t believe the tale of perseverance that former teen bride R. Jane Hardin will tell next week on the Oral Fixation stage for “Writing On The Wall.”

R. Jane Hardin recently returned to Dallas from Austin after decades away, and is enjoying her new life in the Cedars neighborhood. She discovered a love of memoir writing after years of telling her family history stories – tales uncannily reminiscent of a Larry McMurtry western.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Rhoni Golden


She can handle any shit the world throws her way. And next week Rhoni Golden will take the Oral Fixation stage, using her poop-filled tales to spread some honest to goodness autism awareness in “Writing On The Wall.”

Rhoni Golden lives in Lakewood, where life is never dull. She shares her house with a husband, three children, two dogs and two hermit crabs. Four years ago, she traded in her job as a physical therapist to become an advocate for her son. She owes her sanity to yoga and a good attitude.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Haven Abedin

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She truly believes we’re all in this together. And in a couple weeks, Haven Abedin will take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about the “Writing On The Wall” that led her to this conclusion.

Haven Abedin grew up in East Dallas and amuses her East Coast relatives by saying “y’all.” Still an East Dallas girl, she teaches Composition and British Literature at Brookhaven College. Haven loves pie, Mad Men, her family and her pups.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Mandy Aguilar

Mandy Aguilar

She never wanted to grow up, settle down in the suburbs, work for “the man” or have kids. And next week, Mandy Aguilar talks about her rebellious youth,
on the Oral Fixation stage, for “Two Peas in a Pod.”

Mandy Aguilar grew up on a farm in the Ozarks. She manages fundraising for Café Momentum, serves on the board of Kitchen Dog Theater and is on the steering committee for the North Texas Teen Book Festival. Mandy lives in Oak Cliff with her husband Victor and son Sebastian.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Trish Batson

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Around her work friends, she’s “white Trish,” and when she’s with her family she’s “black Trish.” But this month, on the Oral Fixation stage, Trish Batson explains that these are really just two halves of the same person — “Two Peas in a Pod.”

Trish Batson was raised in Thunder Nation. Her mission is to be kind, make a lasting mark on humanity and see the world. She is a beach bum, a lover of cheese, a quilter, a baker and a dreamer. She’s also the proud parent of Cody Boom Boom, a fat wiener dog.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Kathryn Kowal


Growing up, she shared a room with her sister — even when she didn’t have to. And this month, Kathryn Kowal expounds on the intimate bond between sisters on the Oral Fixation stage for “Two Peas in a Pod.”

Kathryn is most proud of her son, the extra pages in her passport and her friendly disposition. She loves all the humanities and her husband almost in equal measure. A good meal, nice glass of wine and being with friends and family makes her most happy.

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