84: Alicia Morales — Lucky 23

concert, newsboys, storytelling, stories, Story Night, Bremerton

concert, newsboys, storytelling, stories, Story Night, Bremerton

Alicia Morales wanted to see Newsboys in concert, but was 14 and didn't have the money. A local radio station was willing to send someone. Mom made sure she got there without the danger that happens in the city on Halloween.

Alicia told this story on July 5, 2018 at Story Night when the theme was "Winning."

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

77: Nessa Goldman — Small Traveler

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botfly, storytelling, story night, larvae, bite

Nessa Goldman doesn't like bugs. She clarifies that a little bit up front, but gives us all the more reason to believe her. Nessa told this story about a botfly from Belize at our Story Night in April when the theme was "Taxed."

After listening to the story, if you're interested, check out a YouTube video of a woman having botfly larvae removed, if you think you can stomach that.

I'm not positive the insect pictured here is an actual botfly, but place I got it from said it was. Even if it isn't, do you want that thing visiting you?

The song for this episode is "The Passenger" by Iggy Pop.

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

75: Jeanne' Sparks — See It, Report It

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vegas fun getaway parents vibrator storytelling Bremerton Kitsap Story Night

Here's the trigger warning. If your kids are around while you're listening to this, you might get asked a question you're not prepared to answer. Know what I mean? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more. Jeanne' Sparks was exhausted from being a mom of three and got away to Vegas with her husband to have the kind of fun adults have when they get away from their children. She brought an accessory that earned some attention on the way home.

Jeanne' told her story at the April 5 Story Night when the theme was "taxed."

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

71: Bryan Lynn — Beds in Head

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Beds, bedrooms, close quarters, storytelling, stories, Story Night, Bremerton, Kitsap

Bryan Lynn goes down the list of living arrangements that led to where he is now.

Bryan told this story at the February 1, 2018 Story Night when the themes were pulled from the book, The Smell of Other People's Houses, by Bonnie-Sue Franklin. The book is Kitsap Regional Library's One Book One Community selection for 2018.

The song for this episode is Coming Up Close by 'Til Tuesday.

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

50: Lorinda Esposito — Blue Suede Education

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When the theme is "sacrifice" you know there will be plenty of stories about parenthood. In Episode 50 we bring you another one, this time from Lorinda Esposito. In this story Lorinda talks about her passion for shoes in her younger days, and how that gave way to passion for her kids later.

Lorinda told this story on July 7, 2017 at our Story Night of Champions. We're working through each story from that night in order. Lorinda was the seventh of nine.

The song for this episode is Boogie Shoes, by KC and the Sunshine Band.

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

44: Kim Weaver — A Slightly Reckless, Way Cooler Brother

World Trade Center Memorial

World Trade Center Memorial

It's difficult anymore to tell a story about 9/11 that doesn't sound like everyone else's. Somehow Kim Weaver manages to give us a memory that is fresh and compelling.

Weaver made a friend in college who she worried was killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The thoughts she had until she knew were overwhelming, and could have involved major life changes. In the long run she learned that sometimes the difference between one major life choice and another is thin.

This story was the first at our Story Night of Champions on July 6, 2017. The theme that night was "Sacrifice." For the following eight weeks you'll hear the other stories we heard that night. It was a night of vulnerability.

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

43: Mike Etgen — The Song, the Story, Still Happens Today

Race, Racism, South, Story Night, Bremerton, storytelling

Race, Racism, South, Story Night, Bremerton, storytelling

Mike Etgen tells a story that, sadly, could still be a reality today. It's a story about race, and about the traditions and ideals that feed into our biases and beliefs.

Mike told this story a couple of times, this time with an epilogue that seemed to be a fitting period and sad conclusion to something that happened long ago. He told it at our first Story Night of Champions in December of 2015.

We added a song that we hope adds hope to this reality.

We thank you for listening, and look forward to your story.