Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Second Chances
Curated by Ethel Lee-Miller & Belle Vivante
Produced by Penelope Starr
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E 7th Street
$10 Adults, $7 Students
“Second Chances”—7 personal stories of life’s second chances.
Surviving deadly beatings or the Big C with humor and optimism. Courage to tell a long-withheld tale. A teacher’s abiding influence. Sad loss of old loves giving way to new. The surprising possibilities of fostering a pregnant cat. Come hear diverse, touching, heartfelt stories of pain, shock, anger, fear woven with humor, joy, love and transformation. The unexpected rewards that life’s second chances offer.
Tree hugger, star gazer, progressive, eternal optimist, hopeless romantic, believer in people. Paloma is most proud to be described as a grower. She knows storytelling is essential to making the world a better place. You can’t be what you can’t see. So after a trip around the world she has returned home to Tucson, AZ to work at making her corner a little more resilient.
I am a ballet dancer, a storyteller, a social activist, a bold leader, and a woman who is seizing her second chance to create the life she wants rather than continuing to live the life that others expected of her.
I left the USA on Dec 24th 1969 to explore living in Australia. I have run a vegetarian Cafe, owned a hand crafted jewelry shop, Married and divorced an Australian, raised one lovely artist, musician daughter. I now teach and draw Spirit Art connections. I have dual citizenship and love both my countries.
I grew up in Dayton, Ohio and followed my career through stints in Manhattan, Kansas, Atlanta, Georgia and Toronto, Ontario. I spent the last 30 years of my career working in Manhattan, New York. I have been retired and living in Tucson for the last ten years. I enjoy hiking, biking, reading and traveling.
I’m Seminole-Creek from Oklahoma. I was raised by my Grandmother and her sister and spoke only Seminole till I had to go to school at age 6. I’m an artist, head injury survivor, and long-time resident of Tucson, Arizona. I like to cook tasty meals and sometimes do yard work and clay work.
I am a runner, a coach, a health advocate and marketer. With a background in journalism and advertising, I’ve been telling stories my whole life. Just not in front of people, on a stage. In my day job, I’m the Marketing Advertising and Wellness manager at TMC.
Gina Rooney & Jennifer Treece
When Gina arrived in Tucson in late 2007 as a traveling Physical Therapist, she immediately fell in love with the desert and has called Tucson her home ever since. Currently, she owns and operates a cash based physical therapy and massage therapy practice, specializing in myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and deep tissue mobilization.
Jennifer moved to Tucson in 1992 and is proud to proclaim herself a “desert rat” for life. Her business for over 25 years, OfficePlus, offers bookkeeping services to small business people. She delights in helping her clients deal with the notoriously “undelightful” part of their businesses. Jennifer loves to travel – Italy, Morocco and Greece among her latest adventures.
Ethel Lee-Miller (Co-Curator)
Ten years as a resident in Tucson has only increased Ethel’s enjoyment of living in the desert. When not hiking, traveling with her husband, doing goat yoga, or finding places that serve bulletproof coffee, she’s writing or storytelling with Tellers of Tales, Odyssey Storytelling, coaching emerging writers/speakers, or hanging out at The Eastside Writing Room. Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships, are two proud results of her love affair with words. Contact: https://etheleemiller.com
Bella Vivante (Co-Curator)
Bella has shared many stories at Odyssey Storytelling where she is also an enthusiastic audience greeter. Her own life an ongoing series of second chances, she is thrilled to be co-curating this show. Having survived over 30 years as a professor of Classics, she now enjoys diverse creative outlets as actor, storyteller, writer, dancer, leader of trips to Greece, teacher of lifelong learners, and stand-up comic. http://wingedariela.com
Penelope Starr (Producer)
The founder of Odyssey Storytelling, Penelope is the author of The Radical Act of Community Storytelling and is related to one of the storytellers.