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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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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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.


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    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

Story Snapshots From The WaCASA Conference

Sign Painting: Britton Sukys

Sign Painting: Britton Sukys


Stories aren’t just for the stage. They can happen anywhere and anytime people gather for community, connection and celebration. With our Story Snapshot Booth, we capture those stories in their natural habitat.

A couple weeks ago, we took the mobile “Port-a-Parlor” to the Washington State CASA Conference to collect stories about helping foster children through tough times. More than twenty men and women stepped inside a converted minivan to open up about the lessons, rewards and transformations they experienced in their volunteer work.

A minivan disguised as an inviting conversation parlor.

A minivan disguised as an inviting conversation parlor.


When I sat down to record the stories, I expected to hear about real-life events. So, the story below surprised me. And yet, in ninety seconds, Ramona gave me a resonant image of what it means to volunteer for CASA.

CASA is a nationwide non-profit that recruits, screens, trains, and supervises community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused, abandoned, and neglected children moving through the family court system. The program grew out of a group started by a King County Superior Court judge in 1977.

Volunteers are not social workers or foster parents. They advocate solely for the child and are trained to offer an informed and objective perspective on the child’s best interest. In doing that, they draw on their own judgment in conjunction with regular training.


This story sounds like it’s headed for tragedy, but then passes through Patty Murray’s office and ultimately gives Karen a lesson she’ll never forget.



In this story, Carrie stands behind a teenager with a track record of drug abuse and petty crimes to keep him out of juvenile detention.



People of all ages, backgrounds and points-of-view volunteer, each bringing their own unique perspective and life skills. Advocating for children changed a lot of attitudes Bob formed in his corporate career, but he finds his business acumen gives him the ability to make a difference in the lives of the littlest children.



These are just a few of the stories from our Story Snapshot Booth visit. You can listen to all seventeen stories here.

Storyteller portraits by Britton Sukys.



 The Story Snapshot Booth will make its next appearance at
First Night Tacoma,
the City of Destiny’s free New Year’s Eve celebration.

Megan on the "Story Phone", planning our next Story Snapshot Booth event.

Megan on the “Story Phone”, planning our next Story Snapshot Booth event.

We’ll Be Downtown Tacoma From 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Five Drunken Telegraph All-Stars Will Share
“Stories of the Year 2014”
Every Half Hour.



We invite you to join us on December 31
to listen
and then
take a spin in the Story Snapshot Booth.

Share your

“Stories of the Year 2014”

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Tad Monroe, in the Story Seat.

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Megan Sukys, ready to listen.


You can hear stories from a 2013 Story Snapshot Booth visit to the JBLM Welcome Home celebration here.