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Tell Us Something

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Tell Us Something awakens imagination, empowers storytellers and connects the community through the transformative power of personal storytelling. It is a celebration of each other, our stories and how we move through the world together. All of the stories at Tell Us Something are true. Stories last for 10 minutes and are told from memory.


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Leap of Faith – Part 2
Our podcast today was recorded in front of a live audience on September 24, 2019 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their true personal story on the theme “Leap of Faith”. Today we hear from three of those storytellers. Our first story comes to us from Steven T! Millhouse, who takes us on a journey walking form Missoula, MT to Los Angeles, CA, regaining a lost hope in humanity along the way. He calls his story “Homage for the Homeless”. Steven T! Millhouse was born in Bozeman but grew up in Missoula. He graduated from Sentinel Highschool, and the University of Montana. He is “MONTANA Through and Through.”  He would like to thank his Millhouse and Spaulding Families for their Love and support.   Our next story comes to us from Jennie Pak who introduces us to her aspiring rock star son and allows us to walk through the labyrinth with her on a healing journey through grief. She calls her story ““Out of the Dark””. Jennie Pak was born and raised in Montana. After living up and down the West Coast, the family settled in Missoula in 1998.  Jennie works as a Senior Caregiver for Home Instead Senior Care. In her spare time, she is a living history presenter, traveling around to libraries, museums, schools and Senior residences, portraying women from Montanas’s wild west days.   In our final story, Jaimie Jacoby and his crew help rescue a horse that has found its way to the wrong side of the Lochsa River during the height of whitewater season. Jaimie calls his story “Badger Crossing”.
Leap of Faith – Part 1
Our podcast today was recorded in front of a live audience on September 24, 2019 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their true personal story on the theme “Leap of Faith”. Our first story comes to us from Karl Stein, who shares his tale of falling in love with the rhythm of the tracks, riding trains from Montana to California and back while trying to avoid the yard bulls. He calls his story “Vagabond”. Karl Stein started painting when he was ten years old after inheriting his grandfather’s oil paints. In 1969 a Grizzly football scholarship brought him to Montana where he set nine school records his first year, including the still standing single season interception record, earning him all American honors and induction into the Grizzly Hall of Fame as part of the championship 1969-18970 team. Known as “sky thief” he may be the only Griz player who was an art major, and performed with the University Modern Dance Company. Karl lives with his family next to tribal forest lands of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, where he loves to paint, sculpt, play music, garden, eat toast and jam, run, follow black bears and ski out his back door.   Our next story comes to us from Tomi Cook whose downward spiral into addiction is transcended when her drug dealer takes a leap of faith of his own and treats Tomi with compassion. This is Tomi’s story of healing and grace. She calls her story “One Leap At a Time”. A warning for our more sensitive listeners, Tomi shares openly and with frank language about suicide and drug use. If you or someone you know needs help with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK. If you or someone you know struggles with addiction, you can find help at   Tomi Cook recently graduated from the clinical mental health master’s program at the University of Montana  and then landed her dream job at Open Aid Alliance. She’s a native New Yorker who spent the early parts of her life moving around the country, including several years in Japan before she found Montana, not by choice, but by luck. In our final story, Anna Haslund performs a daring horse rescue on a forest service road in Montana. Anna calls her story “Joe + Balthazar”. Note that Anna is deaf, and you may hear her voice in the background of the American Sign Language interpreter who is voicing Anna’ story.   Anna Haslund loves to help the community with her kindness! She is the one who breaks the barrier and who can do the impossible. Watch out for her crazy skill with yassss kicks! Her nickname is Anna Banana!  
Tell Us Something – Youth!
In the summer of 2019, Tell Us Something hosted a storytelling summer camp for youth at Zootown Arts Community Center. Seven young women worked together with Tell Us Something director Marc Moss for a week during the summer of 2019 to learn about how to decide what story to share, stage presence, story structure, elements of a story, keeping ourselves, our audience, and the characters in a story safe as well as making an emotional connection with the audience.   This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on August 9, 2019 at Zootown Arts Community Center in Missoula, MT. 7 storytellers shared their true personal story that they developed with me over the course of a weeklong summer camp for youth at The ZACC.   Izzy Slaughter, is our first storyteller, accompanies her competitive jump rope team, the Montana Super Skippers, to the national championships in Disney World, and gives us a peak behind the scenes of a chaotic competition. Her story is called “Jump for Joy”. Izzy Slaughter was born and raised in Missoula, Montana and is a competitive jump roper. She enjoys eating Big Dipper ice cream, skiing at Snowbowl, crafting and being outdoors. Ellie Althauser-Vlad’s best friend disappeared unexpectedly and when she returns, Ellie discovers why, offering her support and continued friendship. Her story is called “The Starbucks Cup”. Ellie Althauser-Vlad was born in Missoula and is an inclusive, open-minded goofy 8th grader at Washington Middle School, except for when her she-demon sister is around. She lives with her parents, sister, cat and dog. If Ellie were an ice cream flavor, she would most definitely be yellow cake, and only from the Big Dipper, of course. Si Thompson visits La Paz, Mexico and gets up close and personal with a whale shark, one of the largest animals on the planet. We call her story “Snorkeling with a Whale Shark”. Si Thompson has lived in Missoula, MT most of her life. She enjoys the arts and crafts, and the outdoors, mostly skiing and swimming. She loves animals — all of them. Annie Smith loves helping her mom make fudge, and when she has eaten her quota, she retreats to her room, only to sneak out again, and raid the fudge crumbs when her mother isn’t looking. We call her story “Fudge Crumbs on the Sly”. Annie Smith was born and raised in Missoula, Montana and enjoys reading, crafting, traveling, playing sports, playing the violin and piano and being outside. Especially in the water. Wynter Bradley goes camping with her siblings, father and uncle in the wilds of Montana. She tests the boundaries she was given and strays beyond the sightline of the adults. Listen to her adventure of being lost in the wilderness in a story we call “Lost and Found”. Wynter Bradley is going into 8th grade. She likes to travel, sing, dance and write. She also really likes gyros and fries. Hannah Lunde visits Disneyland with her parents and  discover the Guardians of the Galaxy ride is not what they expected. We call this story “Disneyland Dropdown”. Hannah Lunde is a happy girl going into 7th grade. She loves dance and gymnastics. If she were an animal, she would be a goat. Our final story comes to us from Gwyneth Puryear, who decides to take AP Chemistry. She takes us on the journey of humor and anxiety that is the final exam. We call her story “Shooting for a 3”. Gwyneth Puryear recently moved to Missoula from England. She’s going to be a junior in high school and loves to perform. She spends her time reading, writing and singing along to her favorite musicals.


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Jun 10th, 2015
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Oct 15th, 2019
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