Bodies – we’ve all got one, whether we like it or not. They amaze us, confound us, support us. They’re our constant companions. Come hear about some bodies!
Megan Smithey is a biomedical research scientist, who secretly just wants to be left alone with an old dog and a good book. A transplant to the desert from the Pacific Northwest, she is surprised that her “temporary stop” in Tucson has lasted eight years, and that her tolerance for rain and gloomy weather has been completely ruined by living in this beautiful place. Once again, the universe has proven her “plan” irrelevant and a tiny bit naïve, so now she’s trying to lessen the stranglehold on the reins. This is proving a great idea, yet a difficult practice, over and over and over and over…
Jurni Roco is passionate about enabling and inspiring growth. She expresses her passion through teaching workshops and individual lessons on Personal Leadership, Argentine Tango, and Blues Dancing, as well as through writing and expressing her poetry. She recently moved back to Tucson after more than a year of travel that included dancing, DJing, performing and teaching Tango across the US. In Tucson she continues to express her passions. You might see her with a sign “Give a Topic, Get a Poem” writing poetry for passersby. Or teaching leadership skills at a large company. Or dancing in close embrace in a local restaurant. Or perhaps at the airport waiting to fly off on her next adventure. If you do, introduce yourself and be inspired to grow.
Georgette “George” Rosberg is originally from a one stop-light town in Upstate New York. She moved to Tucson in 2001. She is a volunteer, photographer, project manager and meetup organizer. In her free time she plays with her dogs and plays team trivia with her friends.
Yola Gomez is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Gender & Women’s Studies department. Yola is a queer Xicana femme activist, accomplice, and feminist killjoy surviving & thriving in spite of it all. Their hobbies include writing, introspecting, and challenging assumptions.
Harnessing the healing power of stories and humor helped Deborah Mayaan recover from serious illness. She coaches people with chronic illness in finding their healing pathway.
Drew Cronyn is delighted to be telling another story for Odyssey. He’s told about parenthood, travel, love and now this. He is from a family of storytellers including one grandfather who was on the bestseller list in the 50’s and another who had a play on Broadway. Hailing from Borrego Springs, California, Drew now lives in far eastern Tucson with his husband and tweenaged son, two dogs and four chickens. Tonight’s story is dedicated to his left inguinal hernia which will be gone tomorrow morning.
Curated By Carolyn Langford Hussein Fort
Carolyn Langford Hussein Fort thinks bodily functions are grossly under-appreciated. She is a connoisseur of belches, rating them on their duration, modulation of pitch, and modulation of volume. On the other hand, she considers reciting verse while burping to be déclassé. Her 52 years and 363 days old body amuses, frustrates, and comforts her, but few things on earth bring her as much joy as her love’s belly.