Like the rest of the nation, Election Day was a tense one for me. To combat the anxiety, I resorted to my reliable stress management technique and began eating Nutella straight out of the jar. I didn’t even bother to find some sort of vehicle for the Nutella like a banana or perhaps a cracker. I just picked up a spoon and started eating. I’d like to say I stopped this practice on Wednesday, but no. I decided that eating Nutella straight out of the jar not only helped manage stress, but also served as a reward for work well done. So when I met an important writing deadline yesterday, I picked up a spoon, the Nutella, and went to work. Is there no end to this gluttony?
Moth Stories: The Healthy Alternative
The good news is, while I was scarfing down Nutella Tuesday night, I also employed a far healthier stress management technique that I highly recommend — listening to fascinating stories now available on The Moth’s website. There are nearly 120 stories available (happily, my story, “How to Draw a Nekkid Man” is included in the collection) and I chose John Grady’s “My Bald and Blue Period,” which I have had the great pleasure of hearing him perform live. John performed for the Blue Man Group for more than 8 years in NYC and his story is magical and inspiring, like most Moth stories are.
In addition to John Grady’s story, here are a more few stories to get you started — just go to the Moth’s website, select storyteller, and click on the letter of their last name. I’ve provided link’s to each storyteller’s own website, because once you hear them, you’ll want to know more!
Faye Lane: Green Bean Queen
- Dan Kennedy: And How Did That Make You Feel?
- Wanda Bullard: Small Town Prisoner
- Ophira Eisenberg: The Accident
- Alan Rabinowitz: Man and Beast
- Tina McElroy Ansa: Juicy Lessons from The Place
- Rudy Rush: Harlem Cowboy
- James Braly: Oliver’s Pink Bicycle
- Satori Shakoor: Too Much
I’m going to start with the As and go through the alphabet until I’ve heard all the stories. And hopefully, no Nutella will be involved.
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