On Tuesday night, December 19th, some 200 people took their seats in Moody Performance Hall and soon after, collectively laughed, cried, and held their breath as this #CloseToHome crew delivered a heartfelt night of astonishing true tales.
When Tara Humphrey met her future husband, life seemed magical. In the years that followed, however, both joy and pain came to visit. On Tuesday night, December 19, Tara will take us on her journey through love, children, and loss.
An instructor and writer for The Global Peel, Tara Humphrey is also a contributing writer for Elite News and a poet. With a background in anthropology & philosophy, she has produced multicultural events for over twelve years. She has studied pastry making and French cuisine in Paris, and the culinary traditions of Central America in Panama.
With her detailed descriptions of cakes and cupcakes galore, freelance writer Penny Taylorhad many in the audience wishing for actual dessert! Spinning tales of her life’s ups and downs and the many sumptuous concoctions along the way, she concluded, “There’s something I will always insist on: There must be cake.”
While she wasn’t necessarily doted on 364 days out of the year, Penelope Taylor’s birthdays always meant scratch-baked cakes from her mother. Next month she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake” to describe how’s she’s continued the tradition with her own daughter.
The middle child of three sisters. Penelope Taylor was born in New York and lived in Manhattan for several years, but she’s been an adopted Texan since 1990. She’s the proud Mom of a beautiful daughter who’s a junior at Texas State. She’s a non-fiction writer, theater and music lover, foodie and avid traveler.
Everything Sally Salas knows about parenting she learned from Google, a service which really came in handy during all those kitchen talks with her stepdaughter. As a stepmother, one of the many tall tales to dispel from outside influences on her impressionable preteen daughter, was that watermelon causes menstrual cramps.
After a painful chapter in his life, Donald Griswold struggled to save a Russian baby. This month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Push the Envelope” to talk about how his adopted daughter was actually the one that ended up saving him.
Donald Griswold is completing revisions on his first novel, Dying Light, and owns Dallas-based Dog Star Media. He is a sports fan, patron of the arts, loving father, dog lover and Dallas history aficionado. Avoid asking him about his favorite music, films and craft beers unless you want a lecture.
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.
Bri Crum offers a glimpse behind the cool-girl curtain letting the audience in on her secret that things aren’t always what they appear to be. By detailing her secret struggle with attention deficit disorder and depression, Bri reminds us of the powerful lesson to never judge a book by its cover.