Fresh Ground Stories: Breaking the Rules - Stories of Doing Things You Shouldn’t

I’m embarrassed to admit it but I’m a secret rule follower. Maybe not my most shameful admission but it’s probably in the top 10. Who likes a person who follows the rules all the time? Trust me, it’s a heavy burden, standing on the corner when all you guys run across the street against the light.

Next month’s theme is about breaking rules. It could be social rules, personal rules, the law or some weird rule your mom made up about the laundry.

Practice your story in the living room or that guy at the bus stop and then bring it out to Roy Street Coffee on Dec 12th. Maybe you can show me what I’ve been missing all these years.

The rules for stories (DON’T BREAK THESE!) are below but you know the kind we’re looking for: true stories that happened to you that still mean something to you days, months or years later.

I hope to see you at our next show on Thursday, Dec 12, 7:00pm at the Roy St Cafe.


Feel free to email me if you have any questions.


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  • Scot B.

    Just wanted to thank my fellow story-tellers for sharing a little glimpse into their lives. (If you forgot, I was the guy buying illegal beer with the fake ID, the cigarette in the corner of his mouth wearing the "feely" shirt.) I just wanted to say that I thought the overall quality of the stories last night was amazing--I think better than usual--and I hope to see many of you again in January. Thanks Paul! You da man! Now I have to look up Spanx on the internet.

    December 13, 2013

  • Bill B

    Paul, I'm sorry I could not make it tonight. Thanks so much to you and all the storytellings for a great year! I appreciate this event and what you do more than you know. Happy holidays all!

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Bill! Saw you here & at the Moth. Your stories are always one of my favorites.

      December 13, 2013

  • Margaret

    Many funny stories. I went in thinking I didn't have any stories to tell, but by the end the other stories prompted my mind and up I went to the mic -- for the first time. I discovered the group was more enjoyable when I dared to participate; I'd come alone, but ended up staying afterward in lively conversation. We closed the place down and even stood outside talking til 11 pm!

    4 · December 13, 2013

    • Paul C.

      I'm so glad you told your story! It is a different experience afterward when you've been part of the show isn't it? There have been a lot of new friendships made because so many of us stay late and keep talking.

      December 13, 2013

  • Paul C.

    Thanks to everyone who came to the show last night. Not only was it a lot of fun but I also learned about something called Spanx. How did I miss this exciting new trend in underwear? Cassie tells me there are also Spanx for men which I will have to investigate. I'll report back next month.

    I always love it when we have new people tell and we had a lot of them last night. Thank you all for your courage and humor. I know it’s hard speaking to a room full of strangers but hopefully we didn’t seem too strange by the end.

    The most amazing thing last night were that names kept magically appearing just as we were about to end. Three times people yelled, “There’s one more name!” and even though I’d been looking at the stage the whole time there would indeed be one more name in the tin. Clearly there are powers beyond our comprehension at work here. Thank you Alyssa, KayPea, Jill, Margaret, Cassie, Liz, Luke, Scot, Barbara and Joe. I hope to see you and everyone else again in January.


    3 · December 13, 2013

  • Kylee k.

    Like the cat lady, i too will be working. Wish i could be there. Have a blast!

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Jane

    This group is a gem!

    1 · December 9, 2013

  • Cindy J.

    First Meetup with this group...really looking forward to listening to some great stories!

    1 · December 5, 2013

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