For this month’s round of everyone’s fave storytelling event we talked about all things summer and all things love. Be it self care, self love, a giving away, a passion, a realization, a summer secret, a summer bummer, all of it! We heard tales that touch on discovery, journeys, and the heat of the moment. Summer Lovin’ had us a BLAST (but seriously, what an amazing night of stories told by some kickass women!)
Without further ado, I give you Miss Hattie, Cara, Alo, Eugenie, Nicky, Stormy, and Kahlie:
1. MISS HATTIE KELLEY: “LOVE YOUR LIFE. LIVE IT.”
In many ways, Hattie Kelley’s story mirrors that of America over the past 93 years. She was orphaned during The Great Depression, bounced around as a ward of the state, discovered the power of education in her teens, then said what the hell to gender norms and joined The Marines the first year women could enlist in 1942. She’s one hell of a snappy dresser, has never met a stranger, and is so incredibly proud of her family that’s transitioned from two sons and one daughter to two daughters and one son, followed by five granddaughters. Hear Miss Hattie share about learning that love starts with yourself.
2. CARA ROTHE: “SELF ACCEPTANCE- AN ALTERNATIVE TO A LOBOTOMY”
Cara is the operations manager for a progressive church in downtown Portland. She also has her own non-profit that serves women in inner-city drug and alcohol treatment. Much of her time is spent advocating for those in active addiction and speaks to community groups about her story in an effort to remove the stigma of addiction. She shares a story about shame, transformation, and empowerment.
3. ALO ESQUIVEL: “LOVE & SHARKS”
Alo, a shark advocate, loves motorcycles and will one day be like Indian Larry. Her role model is Ronda Rousey; and she is in process of opening up a motorcycle community garage in Portland –so be on the look out! She speaks on her own experience with PTSD.
4. EUGENIE JOLIVETT FONTANA: “CALIENTE IN DECEMBER”
In addition to stopping for the little things in life, Eugenie is co-founder of w(HERE) we are, board member at AIGA PDX, and involved in many other creative projects. With the totem spirit of a hummingbird, Eugenie recalls on a summer moment playing out in a winter setting- the way French movies do.
5. NICKY NICHOLSON-KLINGERMAN: “SUMMER OF ’17”
Nicky graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism. She has written for numerous local newspapers and her short stories have been featured in lit magazines. She has two mostly finished novels under her belt and is currently rep’d by fairies until a human takes her seriously. Nicky speaks about a mess involving pain, growth, and everything we love and hate about summer.
6. STORMY BRADY: “SUMMER LIVIN’”
Stormy is a 38 year old single mother of a rad 14 year old boy and a sweet hound dog. She’s also a professional hair and makeup artist & stylist, an all around creative, a painter, a jewelry maker, a sculpture, an adventurer, and a lover. Stormy talks about a summer of loving yourself. A summer of no regrets, letting go and spontaneous adventures, healing, feeling, and laughter.
7. KAHLIE TOWLE: “RECENTLY UNATTACHED LESBIAN GOES VIRAL”
Kahlie helps veterinary professionals develop their careers by day and tells stories by night. Always keeping the lessons and love of her conservative rural Idaho upbringing close to her heart; she fashions herself an open, cool, wiser-by-the-day Portland Lesbian. She talks about her first single summer in 8 years and the decision to try meeting people on line.
— stay tuned for our next round of Free Speech in September where we will hear stories of KISMET