“Icing On The Cake” featuring Penelope Taylor

Theme: “Icing on the Cake”
Storyteller: Penelope Taylor

With her detailed descriptions of cakes and cupcakes galore, freelance writer Penny Taylor had 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.”

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Penelope Taylor

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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.

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“Too Many Cooks” Featuring Sally Salas

Theme: “Too Many Cooks”
Storyteller: Sally Salas

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.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Donald Griswold

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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.

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“Slippery Slope” featuring Robert Schmidt

Theme: “Slippery Slope”
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 Bri Crum

Theme: “Train Wreck”
Storyteller: Bri Crum

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.

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“Go With the Flow” Featuring Cheryl Norris

Theme: “Go With the Flow”
Storyteller: Cheryl Norris

Cheryl Norris wants to hide from the world after her divorce but finds herself in front of a live studio audience on Wheel of Fortune instead.

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Oral History: “Go With the Flow”

Returning to the Wyly Theatre and appearing for the first time at The Texas Theatre, Oral Fixation kicked off Season 4 with a double dose of “Go With the Flow”! Here’s how it all went down on that second night.

The energy was alive at The Texas Theatre as old friends and acquaintances mingled by the bar before finding their seats, tingling with excitement for what was to come. A new season brings anticipation of captivating stories and strong orators, and this night soared beyond expectations for Oral Fixation veterans and newcomers alike.

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