71: Bryan Lynn — Beds in Head

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

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.

65: Megan Vaughn — They're playing our song

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When the Red Hot Chili Peppers don't cut it and when a singer is no Hollywood heartthrob, it's tempting to give up music that accompanies a couple. Then something comes from someplace that changes the whole story.

Megan Vaughn told us this story at the December 2017 Story Night when the theme was soundtrack. The story itself was unexpected, or at least not on the agenda. Listen to this podcast to discover how we were lucky enough to hear this tale of a song.

The song for this episode is Folding Chair by Regina Spektor.

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

57: Scott Park — Never Alone

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At the World's Fair in Spokane Scott Park got a realization about being alone. The story actually begins when he was much younger and shared a vocal in his class. The reception there wasn't ideal.

He told the story at our Story Night event in September 2017 when the theme was solo.

Scott ended up turning the theme on its head.

The music for this episode is Message in a Bottle by The Police.

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

49: Genavieve Scott — Mountains and Rivers

adoption, storytelling, story night, bremerton

adoption, storytelling, story night, bremerton

She was old enough to conjure up mountains as a metaphor, though not yet old enough to have ever seen a mountain in person. Genavieve Scott tells the story of giving birth, and walking away. Genavieve created an image of mountains and rivers in the process. There are precise details she remembers, and others that might seem important that she forgets. It's a moment in time that is rich in meaning.

This story was one of nine told at our Story Night of Champions in July. It was considered by the judges to be the top story of the night.

The song for this episode comes from Anne Murray. It's You Needed Me.

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

47: Seth Park — Uncrowded Love

Story Night, storytelling, Bremerton, Kitsap, polyamory, love, cheating,

Story Night, storytelling, Bremerton, Kitsap, polyamory, love, cheating,

In Seth Park we heard another story that required vulnerability. He addressed a topic that doesn't necessarily get people angry, but they most likely have opinions. Seth was the fourth of nine storytellers at our July 6 Story Night of Champions. So he's the fourth podcast from that night. Again, apologies for the poor audio quality.

If you want to learn more about the subject matter, here is a place.

You can get the song "Roam" on Amazon.

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.

41: Lorinda Esposito — Broken Hearts and Breaking Bread

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bread, Story Night, storytelling, empathy, compassion, poor, food bank

Years ago I knew a guy who had just married. Lots of people he knew told this couple they'd struggle in the early years. This guy I knew didn't want that. But struggle they did.

It's a rite of passage for many couples, the early setbacks that after years of work seem like distant, yet fond memories.

Lorinda Esposito shared a story about an early point in her marriage to Jason. She told it in November 2015, when the theme was "Breaking Bread."

The song for this episode is something you'll find out by listening to the episode. I put out requests for ideas and many of you helped create a whole list of songs that would have worked. We have binders full of songs now. In the end I went with the one Lorinda had in mind.

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

40: John Karnes — The Wind in His Face

story, storytelling, Story Night, flying, pilot

story, storytelling, Story Night, flying, pilot

If you are a pilot, there is no end to the detail you must study if you wish to survive. Even then, all that study may not tell you everything you will need to know. And 1,000 feet in the air is one of the worst places for a surprise. Sometimes it takes relying on rules in books that were never written.

John Karnes got his surprise on his first flight in a plane he built. Obviously, he lived to tell that story. He did so at the June 1, 2017 Story Night when the theme was "By the Book."

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

37: Royce Marks — Good Will Haunting

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This is how it works. When you meet a movie star it's not always in the best circumstances.

You want exposure? Here it is.

Royce Marks got maximum exposure in front of Minnie Driver in Wendover, Nevada. Having been to Wendover myself, as I said during the May 4, 2017 Story Night when Royce told this story, the biggest surprise for me was that Minnie Driver was anywhere near Wendover.

Thank you for listening.

We look forward to hearing your story.