28: Terri Rosselli — Exposure at the Convenience Store

Early morning on Mother’s Day Terri Rosselli, managing a 7-Eleven store, saw something not often seen, even at a 24-hour convenience store. The story of what happened and what caused it is both mystifying and sad. Some Mom had quite the day.

This story was told at the March 2, 2017 Story Night when the theme was “Getting to Know You.” Terri got to know someone in a way she wasn’t seeking and he surely wouldn’t be proud to acknowledge.

This is a point of personal privilege in posting this story. I have a soft spot for stories about 7-Eleven. Listen to the podcast and you’ll know why.

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

23: Axel Mundi — Not a Salesman, Obviously

Axel Mundi and his parents did what they were supposed to do. They invested in his dream. Months later it seemed that investment had come to fruition. Years later it looked like it should have been a scam. If only it had been.

Axel told this story at Story Night in April 2016, when the theme was “Seemed like a good idea at the time.” It seemed like something, that’s for sure.

Since telling that story, Axel, who was a Story Night regular in the audience, moved to Southern Utah. We miss him. He was a great presence at our events. We hope all is well in the desert.

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

Winning stories about Ira Glass

Ira Glass, Benaroya Hall
Rumor has it that’s Ira Glass down there. It sounded like him, but from far away it could have just as easily have been Joe Biden pretending to be Ira Glass.

Sunday night Diana and I went with some friends to see Ira Glass. If you’re not familiar with him, he’s the co-creator and host of This American Life, one of the best storytelling programs on radio. There is some good news coverage on the show, but it’s also a showcase for commoners like us telling personal stories, sometimes amazingly well. I’ve known critics who say it’s a little too produced at times, with its cute musical breaks and the like. For me, I love This American Life. Story Night, the monthly storytelling event I host in Bremerton, owes some of its existence to it. The show is probably my favorite thing on radio, and for one year I tried to do podcasts that borrowed heavily from it. Continue reading “Winning stories about Ira Glass”

17: Denise LaFountaine — A Vacation Ride


On the other side of the world Denise LaFountaine found herself on a ride that ended abruptly and put her in a place wondering if and when there would be any path home.

LaFountaine’s story was part of the July 7, 2016 Story Night when the theme was Great Escapes. LaFountaine tied with Genevieve Scott for the night’s top storyteller honor, the first ever tie for Story Night.

A word of warning: the audio quality isn’t the best on this one. We’re working on it. Thanks for your patience.

13: Shannon Repine and Sara Gowans — Taking Care in a Wonderful World

diFerryEven as our final days on earth render us less able to conquer all that we challenged ourselves to overcome, we find beauty and peace in those who are with us, the last good things to happen to us.

In this episode we hear two stories of caregiving, stories told by Shannon Repine and Sara Gowans at our Oct. 1, 2015 Story Night event when the themes came from those found in The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, by Jonathan Evison.

The stories are followed by a song offered by a remarkably talented woman whose talent was only discovered on a grand scale after she left us. Eva Cassidy performs “What a Wonderful World,” a fitting accompaniment to our stories and a perfect message as we approach Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays.

To learn more about Cassidy watch the story Nightline gave us a few years after she died.


3: Alison Loris — The Xanax Club

0003SNcoverAlisonLorisWhen Alison Loris was selling patchwork in Seattle, her mother created a collection of friends who eventually named themselves “The Xanax Club.” The fact that they all took the drug for anxiety attacks is an obvious detail. But taking the drug didn’t make them special. It’s the agreement they forged that made them a club.

In this podcast I also invent a word. “Relection.” It means “memory” or “recollection.”

Alison’s story was recorded live at the Manette Saloon on Dec. 4, 2014. She won the contest that night.

This episode was sponsored by the book Surpasses Understanding by Vicki Talmage. When Vicki was just becoming an adult she received a phone call at work from her father. He demanded she come home right away. Because of a fellow employee Vicki did not go home immediately. She is alive today because of it. Her mother and her two brothers are not. They died at the hands of the family patriarch, who killed them and himself in the moments between that phone call and when Vicki finally did get home. Surpasses Understanding tells that family story, and how Vicki overcame that tragedy. To find out more, go to VickiTalmage.com.

2: David Nelson — Yeah, sure, I know how

0002SNcoverDavidNelsonIn between his junior and senior year of high school David Nelson told his boss he knew how to use a stick shift. He proved he didn’t, nearly causing severe damage to a building. What stopped it from being worse is the surprise in this story.

This episode of the Story Night podcast was sponsored by the Macris Realty Group, a part of the John L. Scott Real Estate company. Based in Snohomish County, Washington, the group has been honored multiple times as the best in client satisfaction in Seattle Magazine. To find out how to access a team of experts that will help make selling or buying a home easier, go to Macrisrealtygroup.com.