Meet “Stick Together” Storyteller Sallie Crotty
In a deeply personal and powerful story, Sallie Crotty confronts mental illness and wins. On Valentine’s Day evening, come hear her astonishing #StickTogether tale of love and courage.
Educator Sallie Crotty, a fifth-generation Dallasite, is also a passionate writer. She earned her B.A. from Sewanee and Ed.M. from Harvard. Sallie loves traveling, long walks with friends, attending art events, reading, and choreographing dances to her favorite music. She and her husband, Mark, are parents to Kate and Stephen.
Describe your life using only film titles. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Sound of Music; Dead Poets Society.
How did you hear about Oral Fixation? My friend, writer Joe Milazzo.
What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? My husband and I have loved the Oral Fixation performances we’ve attended. Mental illness is silenced for the most part, and I hope my story can empower others who may be struggling with it or have a family member or friend who is.
If you could be any animal what would you be? I’d like to be a cat. Cats are curious but cautious, and they love to nap in sunny places and usually cuddle with their owners. 😻
What is your favorite city or destination? London. I spent a college semester there, and my husband and I honeymooned there. Along with the people, architecture, and museums, I love the classic English afternoon tea.
What is your favorite quote? “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver
What’s your favorite word? Hope. Hope inspires possibilities.
If you could witness any event in history, what would it be? I wish I had been at the U.S. Supreme Court when they legalized same-sex marriage. It’s a major step in our country growing into its ideals, one especially important to some of my family and friends.
Who is your favorite cartoon character? Snoopy. He is loyal, funny, effusive, and loving.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade? An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison. She is one of the foremost authorities on bipolar disorder and lives with the disease herself. She writes with such vivid candor, and it testifies to the power of extraordinary love and perseverance.
Sneak Peek: “Strapping me into her blue Lincoln, my mother sped to the hospital. I rolled down my window and hollered, like a 42-year-old toddler, ‘Let me outta here!’ Then, approaching a red light, I flung the door open and tried to jump.”