Tad Monroe, I Belong To Myself

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After “blowing up his life”, leaving his marriage and his career, Tad Monroe decided to try a recommended three-week solitary retreat. He tried everything imaginable to deal with the loneliness – even climbing and then chopping down trees – before he discovered the truth about being alone.

PHOTOS: Scott Haydon

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Justin Wadland, In A Rush To Join The Writers

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Justin Wadland wrote his first book while working full-time, finishing his MFA, and becoming a father for the first time. He followed a brutal schedule to get it written, and then a full-body case of psoriasis showed him the price of joining the author’s club.

Also! Check out Justin’s Book:

Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound

 PHOTOS: Scott Haydon

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Nora Leider, Letting Them Accept Me

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Nora Leider found the love of her life, and a passion for volunteer service, at Tacoma’s Guadalupe House. What she didn’t find was a way to tell her straight-laced, mainstream parents that she chose the urban missionary lifestyle of a Catholic Worker.

 PHOTOS: Scott Haydon

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Michael Haeflinger, Little Dude Takes Top Tuttle

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The basketball court was the place to fit in when Michael Haeflinger was in high school. Based on his playing skills, though, he had to start his own club to get there.

PHOTOS: Scott Haydon

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Christy Fisher, Puberty Beats Be-Bopping

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Rebelling against puberty and spending too long with Ken Burns’ documentaries, Christy Fisher thought she would finally find her tribe at an eight-week summer camp. It wasn’t until she got learned the camp’s religious beliefs that she decided becoming a lady was better than be-bopping across the Universe.

PHOTOS: Scott Haydon

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The Members Only Slam

The Tad-O-Meter Audience Applause Scale was at maximum elbow tilt for Story Slam winner, Ayme Art-Bergamot

The Tad-O-Meter Audience Applause Scale was at maximum elbow tilt for Story Slam winner, Ayme Art-Bergamot

photo: Britton Sukys


After our main-stage “Members Only” storytellers, five audience members took the stage with their own five-minute tales of fitting in, falling out and finding their tribe.

The winner, Ayme Art-Bergamot, brought the house down with a story of leaving a quarter-century marriage and embracing herself. She won a $50 gift voucher to The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

All of the Slam members faced the terrifying initiation of stepping in front of roomful of strangers and sharing their lives, right off the top of their heads. We welcome them to the “Member Only” Story Club.



Ayme Art-Bergamot, “Embracing Me” **SLAM WINNER**

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Gene Ryan, “The Unexpected Membership”

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Gary Waldron, “Redemption”

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Bruce Smith, “Lookin’ for a Date”

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Members Only

While Groucho Marx didn’t care to belong to any club that would have him as a member, it’s human nature to want to be a part of the crowd. At our next show on Saturday, March 28, 2015, we have a lineup of storytellers recounting hilarious, tragic, and life-changing experiences of fitting in, falling out and finding your tribe. Get…

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Story Snapshots of 2014

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As Tacoma celebrated the dawn of 2015 with its First Night Festival, we carted our Port-A-Parlor up to the Pantages Theatre’s front porch to ask people to share their most memorable experiences of the year.

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Visitors ranged in age from nine to seven-times-nine. Each one stepped inside our mobile studio and shared the sad, surprising, troubling, and terrific events that will always remind them of the Year That Was 2014.


First Night First Look

    We had a fabulous New Year’s Eve, sharing and recording stories at First Night Tacoma Pierce County. Audio from the Story Snapshot Booth is on the way, but first, a slideshow of the evening.   PHOTOS: Britton Sukys