Meet “Stick Together” Storyteller Dannie M. Olguin

In a searing story of family dysfunction and sibling love, author Dannie M. Olguin revisits a haunting past. On Valentine’s Day evening, come learn about her #StickTogether journey to forgiveness and healing. 

Dannie M. Olguin is an introverted writer who peoples through busy days by acting like an extroverted character. When she’s isn’t selling and eating tacos, you can find her hanging with her husband and son, or banging her head against the keyboard while her dog and cat cuddle and silently judge her.

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“Pulling Teeth” featuring Tracy Hawkins

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Storyteller: Tracy Hawkins

Having suffered the ravages of meth addiction, Tracy Hawkins gave the audience a primer on why meth destroys teeth and how she once convinced herself to make her own new teeth out of fake fingernails. “I looked like a beaver on meth,” Tracy told us. In the end, though, thanks to Attitudes & Attire, Tracy ended up with one of the world’s best smiles.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Tracy Hawkins

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Tracy Hawkins loves to laugh. But for awhile there, thanks to her meth habit, showing her teeth was something she was too embarrassed to do. In a few weeks, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Pulling Teeth” to talk about how she got her smile back.

With four children and eight grandchildren, Tracy Hawkins loves her life packed full with family, camping, dancing and four-legged friends: a chow named Buddy and a rabbit named Olivia Bunny Benson. Close to becoming a licensed chemical dependency counselor, Tracy looks forward to helping others find their way.

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“Partner In Crime” featuring Lyndol Woodruff

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Storyteller: Lyndol Woodruff

With a story that begins at age 9, Lyndol Woodruff chronicles the bad influences that led him into drugs, drinking and delinquency. And then, Lyndol realized, he had become his own bad influence. Announcing 16 months of sobriety on show night, Lyndol received accolades and cheers.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Lyndol Woodruff

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No matter where he went, Lyndol Woodruff had little trouble finding new bad influences — that is, until the day he realized he had become the bad influence. Next month he takes the Oral Fixation stage to describe his battle with substance abuse in “Partner in Crime.”

Lyndol Keith Woodruff is a unique blend of personality, creativity and business mindedness. A product pitchman by trade, he spent years in Los Angeles working in entertainment, the non-profit sector and has built quite the network. He is VP of Solarity Studios, a writer, actor, stand-up comic and aspiring author/inspirational speaker.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Robert Schmidt

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Storyteller: Robert Schmidt

All Robert Schmidt ever wanted was his father’s approval, and when he didn’t get it, he turned to strippers.While his secret life eventually led to infidelity and cost him his marriage, Robert speaks about how redemption is always possible.

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“Train Wreck,” Featuring John Mathews

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Storyteller: John Mathews

Resourceful John Mathews shares how his abusive childhood lead to a life of crime and drug addiction that would send him to prison four times before the help of the Dallas-based Prison Entrepreneurship Program finally helped him turn things around.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Caroline North

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She finds a weird sort of wisdom in the HBO show The Life & Times of Tim, and next month she will share a story about the wisdom that took hold of her while she was on a train ride to visit her addict half-brother in Oral Fixation’s second show of Season 4.

Caroline North was born and raised in Dallas. In 2010, she graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English. Since then she has lived and drank in Washington, D.C.; New York City; and New Haven, Connecticut. She now resides in Oak Cliff, where she’s a barista at The Wild Detectives and a freelance writer for the Dallas Observer.

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