Stories Are Different at The Moth in New York City

Last month, I was visiting a friend and we went to The Moth Story Slam, an open mike where people tell true personal stories without notes.

The only thing is that I LOVE the Moth and I would MARRY The Moth if I wasn’t already married.

The only other thing is that my friend doesn’t live in Austin, she lives in NEW YORK CITY.


Just so you know, I’ve told stories before, this wouldn’t be my first time.

Just so you know, stories are different at The Moth in New York City.

These story tellers were famous. Well, I didn’t know for sure that they were famous, they just seemed famous. They were comfortable on stage and their voices filled the room. These voices had international accents and an unusual number of stories took place in Paris.

The last story teller was tall and handsome, with dark curly hair to his shoulders. He was half French and half Israeli, which made for an especially beautiful accent. He lived in LA, where he was a PhD scientist and he had friends in the film industry, which was how he ended up on the phone with the movie actress who was his crush.

Just like I said, stories are different at The Moth in New York City.

Each time the MC pulled a name from the hat, I had two equally powerful feelings…

“I don’t know what I’m doing here in NEW YORK CITY, please get me back home to KANSAS, I mean TEXAS.”


“PLEASE CALL MY NAME, I came all the way from TEXAS to tell MY STORY.”

There were fifteen names in the hat.

They called ten.

They didn’t call mine.

But, they did let the other five folks tell the first line of their story. Here is mine. I hope you like it. Maybe I will tell the whole story in Austin one day. And, stay tuned for how this New York City experience totally changed my performance at the Maternal Instincts Project a few weeks later.

If you love stories too, The Moth will be in Austin in December with a performance instead of an open mike. Definitely famous people will tell stories about the theme “On The Road” and I will definitely be there.

Mom, Live on Stage

(I’m taking some time off from posts while I work on cool new pages that I think you will love. But, I had to stop in with this one post that I’m really excited about!)

Lights… Camera… Action…
Well, except for the camera.
Ideas, thoughts and stories about Motherhood are on stage this weekend when the Maternal Instincts Project performs at the Salvage Vanguard Theater.
This isn’t your everyday Hallmark card.
Thisis the joy and pain, sacrifice and gifts, life and death of Motherhood.
Come to laugh.
Bring some tissues.
Leave with connection and understanding.
I’m a guest artist at the show and will be doing a reading about the time I held up my OB office without even having a gun.
I would love if you could come.

Maternal Instincts Project 2011
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor
October 14 and 15, 8pm
Pay-what-you-can, $10-$20, cash at the door
Ages 17 and up