See you Thursday + KUOW needs storytellers!

Hi Everyone,

I know I’ll be seeing a bunch of you this Thursday at Roy St for our regular show but I also want to let you know about a great storytelling opportunity coming up.

Jeannie Randel of KUOW got ahold of me today to ask if I would let everyone at FGS know that they need storytellers for a live event they’re doing.

KUOW is looking for true, first-person stories for, “Why we stayed – An evening of storytelling about why people have stayed in our rapidly growing, increasingly expensive and traffic jammed city… and what they had to do to stay.” The stories must be no longer than 12 minutes.

If anyone has a story about why you’ve stayed in Seattle, what you had to do to stay, and what you’ve learned from all of it, please contact Jeannie at or call her at (206) 616-7537. It sounds like a lot of fun and if I actually lived in your wonderful city I’d be wracking my brain right now for a story about it 🙂

In the meantime, I hope you can make it to our “Anything for Love” show this Thursday.



Fresh Ground Stories: Anything for Love

November’s theme is “Anything For Love.” It’s been a long time since we’ve done a show on this topic and I’m really looking forward to it.

Bring a true story about a time in your life when you found love, lost love, chased love or did anything else for love. It doesn’t matter if the story turned out good or bad. What matters most is how it affected you. Did it make you give up on love? Were you devastated when someone left you but realized years later it was all for the best? Maybe someone fell in love with you and you learned what it was like to be on the other side of a crush.

Of course it doesn’t have to be about a person. Maybe the reason you love to cook is the time you spent in your grandma’s kitchen watching her make lasagna. Actually, if that’s your story feel free to invite me over for a private telling in your kitchen while you break out that 100-year-old recipe for chicken cacciatore.

Remember to keep it clean, practice your story out loud, and use a timer to make sure you keep it under 8 minutes. Here are the rules & guidelines to help you get started.

I hope to see you all on November 16 at 7pm at Roy Street Coffee and Tea.


Thank you

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to all the people who made it to the show last Thursday. I never know what each month’s theme will will inspire but “Never in million years” brought out some very raw stories that surprised even me.

There were two tellers in particular who told stories so personal that I don’t want to share them out of context in an email. One was from a first-timer and the second was from one of our regulars. Everyone there that night could tell how hard it was for those two to get through their stories.

I wish I’d had a chance to find the first-timer after the show to thank him. I hope I see him again one day so I can say how much it meant to me that he chose us to share his story with. I hope it helped him to share what he experienced in the aftermath of a receiving a phone call about his 15-year-old son. I know how powerful it was to listen to.

Our second story was a very personal one about the ways life can surprise us, despite our best efforts to control it. The regular who told this story said to me afterward that three woman came up to her at the end of the night to thank her and let her know they had lived through the same thing. That means the world to me. If you ever hear a story at FGS that moves you I hope you walk up to the teller afterward and tell them that. Not only does it let the teller know they aren’t alone but it lets me know that what we’re doing at Roy Street is not only good but necessary.

The next time someone asks me why I ask that people focus on stories, rather than advocating for a political view or providing social commentary, this is the night I’m going to tell them about. Stories draw us in and help us feel someone else’s experience; beliefs sometimes get our defenses up and drive us apart.

And that’s as close as I’m ever going to get to sharing my own beliefs in these emails. What I want to do now is thank everyone who told that night: David, Chris, Devin, Elliot, Mark, Rebecca, Nigel, Carol, Kristi, John, Raul, Melanie, and Norm. Many of these folks were first-timers and I’m grateful they found the courage to get up there.

November’s show will be on the 16th which is a week early because of the holidays. The theme is “Anything for Love.” We haven’t done a show about love in a long time and now seems like a good time to do that. I’ll get the official invite out as soon as possible but mark the date on your calendar now in case it takes me a few days to get it out.

Forgive me if anything I’ve said here seems clunky. Some of your stories go pretty deep into me and it’s hard to put into words how much they affect me.

I hope to see you all on November 16th 🙂


PS – If you told a story last week and want the audio send me an email. I’ll get you the mp3 as soon as I can.

See you tomorrow!

Hi Everyone,

I hope to see a bunch of you at tomorrow night’s show.

In the meantime, here are a couple of amazing stories from FGS tellers. The first story is from Erin in her first appearance at FGS. You can tell how much I love this story from my cackling in the background 🙂


If you’d like to talk to Erin about more of her adventures in Japan you can catch her here on Halloween:

The second story is from Sam Blackman who told one of the most touching stories we’ve ever heard at FGS.

You can see why her won the Moth’s Grand Slam this summer.

If you’d like to hear more of Sam’s stories you can catch him at his solo show at the Pocket Theater in November.

FGS: Never in a Million Years – Stories of the unthinkable

This month’s theme is “Never in a Million Years: Stories of the unthinkable.” Tell us about a time when you did something you never thought you’d do. Or lived through something you never thought you’d have to live through. Or maybe you always thought you’d react in a certain way but when real life came knocking your response surprised you.

How did you end up in that situation? What did you learn from it? Did it break you down or build you up? That’s the kind of story we’re looking for.

I don’t have time this week to write up a story of my own on this theme but I wanted to get the official invite out as soon as possible so you’d have lots of time to dive into your past and work up a story.

Remember to keep it clean and practice out loud as much as possible. Here are the rules & guidelines to help you get started.

I hope to see you on October 26 at 7pm at Roy Street Coffee and Tea.