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Storyborne is a platform for people to explore the power of vulnerability through storytellinG. Learn more.


Marginalized voices of Jefferson County, WA please fill out this anonymous form to tell me how you would feel more included in our community. If you are open to a reply, include your name and contact in your message. Anonymous messages may be read aloud at a public planning meeting for Storyborne’s Heart Stories 2020 event.

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Feb. 15: Heart Stories 2020: Radical Inclusivity

Community Planning Meeting on Oct. 25!



How do you know she is a witch?


Bird of Northwest Paradise


Self-Portrait as “Men on Boats” character “Andrew Hall” by Bonnie Obremski

Self-Portrait as “Men on Boats” character “Andrew Hall” by Bonnie Obremski

For most of April, I will pretend to be a man.

Heart Stories

Live Storytelling From the Heart

 
 

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Dear Port Townsend People

Are you a person of color? Do you identify as white? Do you have a personal story about race? Is that story set in the communities in and around Port Townsend? If so, I’d love to hear from you!

The author, aboard a schooner she ran as a charter business in Key West, Fla. in 2012

The author, aboard a schooner she ran as a charter business in Key West, Fla. in 2012

She Tells Sea Tales: A Survivor's Story

I first read a version of this story at She Tells Sea Tales, an annual night of storytelling at the Northwest Maritime Center.

Designer Judith Bird. Photo by Bonnie Obremski

Designer Judith Bird. Photo by Bonnie Obremski

granny chic

As the Granny Chic look lingers in some city boutiques catering to millennials, these women show us what’s actually on trend among the members of the 60+ set.

Tulum, Mexico. Photo by Bonnie Obremski

Tulum, Mexico. Photo by Bonnie Obremski

Here I am

But the only person satisfied on that beach was the woman with the beer, and I was ruining it by saying things like, “I want my Eat, Pray, Love moment, dammit.”

Fem-Krampus Self Portrait by Bonnie Obremski

Fem-Krampus Self Portrait by Bonnie Obremski

Born with Darkness

I wanted to illustrate a feeling of strength that comes from being comfortable with the lightness and unafraid of the darkness.

Frank harvests a geoduck from his farm using The Stinger. Photo by Bonnie Obremski

Frank harvests a geoduck from his farm using The Stinger. Photo by Bonnie Obremski

Big ‘duck hunter

This story first appeared on my former blog, Sailmaker’s Apprentice, in 2016.

Helen and I descended a slope where everything grew but houses. That land was destined to be part of the sea as it curled onto the beach, rolling like a player piano scroll upon which each cottonwood, thimbleberry and foxglove might trigger a single note when it hit the sand and washed away.

“Baby Bear’s Revenge” Illustration by Bonnie Obremski

“Baby Bear’s Revenge” Illustration by Bonnie Obremski

It’s not about goldilocks

Yesterday, I told the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears 20 times—to adults. Each time I told the story, I sat facing a single person. Their knees almost touched mine, their eyes locked with my own.

Self-Portrait of the author beside a portrait of Amy Schumer by Annie Leibovitz

Self-Portrait of the author beside a portrait of Amy Schumer by Annie Leibovitz

What i learned by posing like amy schumer

As I began to mimic your pose, a sensation of strength and power arose in my body. It’s like how shaping your mouth into a smile releases endorphins even if you’re sad. I realized, to get the right effect, my foot couldn’t just rest on the stack of wood, it had to stomp directly on top of it. The position of the coffee cup had to look as though I had just taken a sip, because it had to appear as if I was so confident in my skivvies I was relaxed enough to enjoy a latte.

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Diving Heart First

A New Life in Storytelling

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