Alex Miller - "Mother/Son Bonding: A Cautionary Tale”

Tell Us Something - live storytelling - Alex Miller

Alex Miller's first experience with a geared bicycle is unlike anything most of us have experienced in this road trip story about mother-son bonding.

Alex Miller is 12-year-old human from the sunny, exotic paradise of Lolo, Montana.  He has two eyes, two ears, a nose, a mouth, two arms, and two legs.  He is the perfect specimen of Star Wars nerd-dom.  In his spare time, he likes to play video games and read novels.  One day, in a galaxy far, far away he will probably go to college and study something geeky.  May the Force be With You.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's story comes to us from Alex Miller. He calls his story "Mother/Son Bonding: A Cautionary Tale”.

Steve Gonzalas “Help Me, I'm Melting”

Tell Us Something Live storytelling - Steve Gonzalas

Steve Gonzalas makes his third appearance on the Tell Us Something stage and shares his story of discovering magic mushrooms in a pasture.

Steve Gonzales is a third generation plasterer living in Polson, MT working mostly in Missoula. Tonight marks his third appearance on the Tell Us Something stage. Learn more about Steve and his work over at Gonzo Plaster.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's story comes to us from Steve Gonzalas and is titled "Help Me, I'm Melting".

Alex Sakariassen “Reluctant Journey”

Tell Us Something - Live Storytelling - Alex Sakariassen “Reluctant Journey”

Alex Sackersen remembers when his friend Melissa Weaver invited him to be her date at a wedding. His journey with her takes a very unexpected turn.

This story is lovingly dedicated to Melissa Weaver and the Weaver family.

Alex Sackersen is a 2008 graduate of the University of Montana's School of Journalism. Hailing from a family of storytellers, and having grown up as one himself, he now makes his living writing about the environment, politics, and the people around us, for the Missoula Independent. Please welcome Alex Sackersen.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's story comes to us from Alex Sackersen and is titled “Reluctant Journey”

Kim Maynard - “Road Wary”

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Kim Maynard shares her story of traveling abroad gone amuck.

Kim Maynard has a passion for adventure that sometimes gets out of control. She’s worked in conflict zones around the globe and fought forests fires at home, but some of the wildest adventures have been on a personal front. Storytelling is a thread that weaves her life together. She is about to turn 60 and looking for crazy and inspiring ideas on how to celebrate.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's podcast comes to us from Kim Maynard. She calls her story "Road Wary".

Aaron Parrett - Confessions of a Dissolute Banjoist

Aaron Parrett - Confessions of a Dissolute Banjoist

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Aaron Parrett and is titled  "Confessions of a Dissolute Banjoist". Thank you for listening.

With a banjo on his knee, Arron Parrett entertains a group of Japanese businessmen at their fishery in Alaska where he eats sushi for the first time.

Aaron Parrett is a professor of literature and a letterpress printer at The Territorial Press in Helena Montana. He is working with artist Seth Roby to make a letterpress book that will include nine stories he's written and 13 wood engravings.

Jessica Peterson - My Daughter's Spirit Animal: A Duck

Jessica Peterson - My Daughter's Spirit Animal: A Duck

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Jessica Peterson and is titled  "My Daughter's Spirit Animal: A Duck". Thank you for listening.

Jessica Peterson is torn between two men and makes an honest decision about the one she wants. This decision foreshadows her future life as a parent in unexpected ways.

Jessica Peterson is a socio-economist and ecological entrepreneur. Her work includes community organizing, strategic planning, fundraising, teaching, lobbying, urban regenerative farming, massage therapy, herbalism, and mothering.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jessica settled in Helena, Montana 10 years ago. The fact that incredible trails are accessible all seasons, day or night, never fails to fill her with grateful joy. She may be interested in collaborating with you on something, so connect with her at InsideEdgeDesign.com or Wild Willow Wellness.

Andy Shirtliff - The First Time I Stopped a Bank Robbery

Andy Shirtliff - The First Time I Stopped a Bank Robbery

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Andy Shirtliff and is titled  "The First Time I Stopped a Bank Robbery". Thank you for listening.

Andy Shirtliff, an underfunded actor trying to make it in Los Angeles, prevents a late night bank robbery.

Born in Butte, America, raised in Kalispell, Andy Shirtliff has lived and worked all across our state; from graduating from the University of Montana, to working in Billings and eastern Montana, to his current position as the Small Business Advocate for the Governor's Office of Economic Development.  In his off time, which isn't much, he enjoys drinking craft beer, grilling, hiking, and photography.

Sarah Elkins - I'm Impulsive, Not Stupid

Sarah Elkins - I'm Impulsive, Not Stupid

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Sarah Elkins and is titled  "I'm Impulsive, Not Stupid". Thank you for listening.

Sarah Elkins fulfills her lifelong dream of getting a tatoo. Her decision about which one to get takes as much time to make as a rocket launch takes to plan. tellussomething.org

Sarah Elkins is a speaker, writer, coach, and professional musician. As a coach, Sarah helps people and businesses better understand how to find their stories, organize them, and share them across platforms. She is an active blogger and contributor to Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington’s latest project, LinkedIn, beBee, and on her own website, elkinsconsulting.com. She's also the President of Elkins Consulting, the company making a splash with small, face-to-face, affordable interactive conferences called No Longer Virtual.

Marc Moss - Firewalk With Me

Marc Moss - Firewalk With Me

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Marc Moss and is titled  "Firewalk with Me". Thank you for listening.

This one time at Burning Man, Marc's girlfriend tested him to see if he could hang with her tribe. He passed.

Marc Moss has lived in Missoula, Montana for 15 years and is the founder of Tell Us Something.

Andrea Cross Guns - Me, the Sea, and the City

Andrea Cross Guns - Me, the Sea, and the City

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Andrea Cross Guns and is titled  "Me, the Sea, and the City". Thank you for listening.

An 18-year-old Andrea Cross Guns moves to Hawaii with her sister. She misses all of the obvious red flags when she tries to make a new friend one night after work.

Andrea Cross Guns is the owner/director at Green Arts Global Montessori and Green Arts Montessori Treehouse. She is an artist represented by the 1+1=1 Gallery on Last Chance Gulch, the front"man" for the band Star Cocoon, and hosts the open mic at the Jesters Bar. When she is not busy with all of these pursuits she hikes and spends time with her family, Dan, Zion, and Joey.

Laura King - My First Pregnancy

Laura King - My First Pregnancy

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Laura King and is titled  "My First Pregnancy". Thank you for listening.

Laura King, a 32 year old married to her high school sweetheart, becomes pregnant and has to juggle that with the stress of being in law school. Her first ultrasound is an internal ultrasound at five weeks and goes well. She returns home and has to go back to the hospital after complications arise.

As the mom of a 3-year-old boy, Laura King gets the chance to tell two or three stories a day, mostly about spiders, fairies, and superheroes. She is also a lawyer with the Western Environmental Law Center in Helena, where she tells stories about arbitrary and capricious government action (and weaves in spiders, fairies, and superheroes where possible).

Elizabeth Rivard - My Baby's Leaving Home

Elizabeth Rivard - My Baby's Leaving Home

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Elizabeth Rivard and is titled  "My Baby's Leaving Home". Thank you for listening.

Elizabeth Rivard is on the phone with her daughter, who is traveling in London, when her daughter begins yelling, "Oh no! Oh, no!"

Elizabeth Rivard is the tenth of eleven children and was raised in Buffalo, NY. She spent her twenties in Seattle doing various things such as working at the Pike Place Market, bicycle messengering and studying massage therapy. She settled in Helena 24 years ago and raised her son and daughter here. Currently, Elizabeth is institutionalized at the VA Monday - Friday. In her "off" time, she enjoys being outside hiking and working in her garden. She usually has some sort of creative project in the works.

Emily Free Wilson - The Best Weed Ever

Emily Free Wilson - "The Best Weed Ever"

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Emily Free Wilson and is titled "The Best Weed Ever". Thank you for listening.

Emily Free Wilson's friends duct tape the door shut and she prepares to smoke weed for the first time.

Emily Free Wilson is a ceramic artist and entrepreneur in Helena, Montana. Along with her husband Matt Wilson, she runs Free Ceramics and the Studio Art Center.

Colin Hickey - Rolling the Dice

Colin Hickey - Rolling the Dice May 16

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Colin Hickey and is titled  "Rolling the Dice". Thank you for listening.

Colin Hickey rolls the dice while on tour with The International Playboys. He loses.

Colin Hickey is the Executive Vice President at VidCon and Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at HB Enterprises, Inc, a business that comprises services including MissoulaEvents.net, BozemanEvents.net, BoiseEvents.net and FlatheadEvents.net. He studied Stuff at the University of Wyoming and lasted two years before becoming a Rawk and Roller.

Bob Zimorino - The Road To Diabetes is Paved With Ding Dongs and Ho Hos

Bob Zimorino - The Road To Diabetes is Paved With Ding Dongs and Ho Hos

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Bob Zimorino and is titled  "The Road To Diabetes is Paved With Ding Dongs and Ho Hos". Thank you for listening.

Bob Zimorino shares how the white food we eat on a regular basis is slowly killing us and how he changed his life and hasn’t looked back.

Bob Zimorino is a father, husband, musician, poet, writer, chef, friend of the planet, dissident and storyteller. While all of these titles fit him, what truly defines him is his belief in humanity.

Brad Cederberg - Regularity

Brad Cederberg - Regularity

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Brad Cederberg and is titled  “Regularity”. Thank you for listening.

Brad Cederberg takes the trip of a lifetime to the Fertile Crescent. Though he has guts of steel, after he encounters the local cuisine he is forced to demand the bus make an unplanned stop as they are crossing a minefield.

A fourth-generation Montanan, Brad Cederberg was born and raised in Missoula. When he's not working with clients as a financial advisor, you might find Brad training for his next mountain bike race, brewing home-made beer, or hiking with his wife Monica, sons, Jack and Cormac, and their rescue dog Mitch.

Marc Moss - Transformation

Marc Moss - Transformation

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Marc Moss and is titled  “Transformation”. Thank you for listening.

Marc Moss has lived in Missoula Montana for 15 years and is the founder of Tell Us Something.

Georges de Giorgio - A Pagan Feast in Rikitea

Georges de Georgio shares his story

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Georges de Giorgio and is titled  “A Pagan Feast in Rikitea”. Thank you for listening.

Georges de Giorgio pilots a ship that lands on the Island of Mangareva, the largest island in the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia. He ties his ship in the town of Rikitea. There he meets Fr. Michelle, the spiritual leader of the island’s 300 inhabitants.

Georges de Giorgio was born in a car wreck in France on the way to Italy in 1928. Georges' father moved the family to Chile at the age of 4 where he grew up working in his father's wooden ship boatyard.

In 1947 at the age of 17, Georges joined an American Expedition to Antarctica becoming the youngest person to ever spend a year there. Georges lived a month alone on the Palmer Peninsula plateau and was the first to cross the Atlantic to the Pacific by dogsled with a joint British/American party. He has a mountain named after him, de Giorgio Mountain.

Georges then spent the next 30 years sailing the world's oceans. Georges was the navigator on the ship Mischief for the famous English explorer HW Tilman. He also hunted for Sir Francis Drake’s lost treasure on Robinson Crusoe Island.

For the past eight years, Georges has worked at the Lewis and Clark interpretive Center and Cascade Historical Society in Great Falls.

Sam Martinich - The Duck Farm

Sam Martinich - The Duck Farm

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Sam Martinich and is titled  “The Duck Farm”. Thank you for listening.

Sam Martinich shares his misadventures at The Duck Farm.

Sam Martinich was born and raised in Missoula. He left to hitchhike for a few years before returning recently. Currently, he fills his time installing dishwashers and slinging burritos. In his time off, he enjoys drinking tasty beer and getting beaten up by nerds.

 

Travis Doria - 24 Notes

Travis Doria

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Travis Doria and is titled  “24 Notes”. Thank you for listening.

Travis Doria honors a beloved teacher by playing “Taps” in front of the entire student body: 2,000 people, and discovers that it’s not about him.

Travis Doria moved across the country to Missoula just two years ago.  He is enjoying the Montana lifestyle after growing up in Maryland and living in the great state of West Virginia for eight years.  He was lucky enough to convince his amazing wife Rachel to move to Montana with him.  They now live on the Southside of town with their cat Herbert.  Travis works as a forensic chemist in town and has no experience writing or telling stories.  He listens to plenty of story podcasts, which is kind of the same thing.