Fresh Ground Stories: Confrontation - Stories of facing up to it

This may not come as a surprise to anyone but I’m pretty non-confrontational. In fact, if I had a superpower it would probably be my ability to pretend something isn’t happening. Relationship going off the rails? Oh, we’re just going through a rough patch. Car sounds worse after I get it back from the mechanic? Oh, it’s probably just a rock in the tire. People often mistake this attitude for some kind of zen-like acceptance. Nope. I just have a special talent for emotional procrastination.

Luckily, you guys get to show me what I’ve been missing all these years. April’s show is about confronting something or someone in your life. Was it the neighbor whose dog won’t keep it in his yard? Was it the idea you got when you were a kid that you weren’t good enough? Every day we have to decide if we should confront something we’d rather not. Think back to a time when you just couldn’t take it anymore and did something about it. Whatever your story is, come by Roy Street April 24th and tell us about it. Don’t forget, in an effort to get more people onstage, we’re shaving the time down to 8 minutes. So practice your story on friends and pets to make sure it’s somewhere between 5-8 minutes long.

The rules for stories 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, April 24, 7:00pm at the Roy St Cafe.

Rules & Guidelines: http://freshgroundstories.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/storytelling-rules-and-guidelines/

Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Paul
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  • Ryan Niccole R.

    A great evening of sharing and energy. Anyone get the name of the book the second to last storyteller is writing???

    1 · April 25, 2014

    • Paul C.

      Hi Nicole, I think the storyteller you're referring to is Paul Barach. He's on Facebook under that name (on my friend list if you want to search there.) That's the only contact info I have for him. Let us know what you find out?

      1 · April 25, 2014

    • Ryan Niccole R.

      Thank you Paul. We connected. Appreciated.

      1 · May 4, 2014

  • ann

    I am always amazed by the love, grace, humor and open heart with which Paul - our emcee - responds to each and every story. Really nice job - every time.

    5 · April 25, 2014

    • Kelly

      SO true!

      1 · April 25, 2014

    • Paul C.

      Thank you Sallie and Kelly :) I love doing this show so much. I hope everyone can tell how much it means to me and how grateful I am to everyone who comes out and tells a story.

      3 · April 25, 2014

  • Scot B.

    BTW, Cat do you have links to any embarrassing internet pics that I can send to your department chair to precipitate your firing, for moral turpitude, to FORCE you to move back to Seattle?
    Just wondering. :)

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Scot B.

    Great stories last night. Better than usual. Must say though, I think spiders are much more cool than frightening--but, then, I'm a biologist, so maybe it's in my genes. :)

    April 25, 2014

  • marina

    It was wonderful ;)

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Randy D.

    Excellent and heart felt speeches.

    3 · April 25, 2014

  • ann

    I also want to thank the doctor who, after several months of watching unnecessary bone-marrow testing (in Kalamazoo(?)) - broke ranks as a 3rd year medical student - and said it like it is. I think many of us listening - wanted to applaud you.

    3 · April 25, 2014

  • ann

    Performance was part of the story-telling - and that's great.

    April 25, 2014

  • marina

    Fabulous ;)) Loved it ;))

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Catherine

    perfectly timed trip to seattle. not a coincidence.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I laughed out loud reading the topic description. I think that means that I relate. :)

    1 · March 30, 2014

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