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April 27, 2022

Ride the Neighborhood – Cara’s Bicycling Tale at The Otter Story Hour

Personal storytelling is back to the live onstage world, and what a gift to fully interact with storytellers and audiences again. Through the pandemic, I’ve been grateful to use Zoom and other online streaming platforms to stay engaged with community via the art of oral stories. I’ve connected with creative communities I might not otherwise […]
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Published on April 27, 2022 19:48

January 27, 2022

In Search of Family History – Cara’s Story at 80 Minutes Around the World

I’ve been moved by the audiences who’ve taken an interest in the stories of my search for the family history of my Mexican-Chinese Grandma. In 2021, I had a few opportunities to share the story of my journey to China to heal an old family divide. In case you haven’t seen the story, Old Mr. […]
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Published on January 27, 2022 15:38

December 28, 2021

The Dark Matter

Do you feel it, the desire to tiptoe into the New Year, lest you wake a new giant that might confront you with another endurance test of our humanity, our environment, our peace? Yet it was with unexpected joy that I opened my mailbox this holiday season to find a reminder to never give up […]
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Published on December 28, 2021 15:45

November 29, 2021

The Tamale Incident – Cara’s Tale of Family Feasts on The Otter Story Hour

As my holiday gift to you, allow me to share a funny, touching story that originally aired on the Otter Story Hour’s show: Family Feast. Every Christmas, visions of tamales dance in my head. Actually, I often eat tamales year-round, maybe because I’m a Mexican who grew up in Los Angeles. But don’t let my […]
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Published on November 29, 2021 11:37

September 26, 2021

Old Mr. Ma – Cara Tells a Story of Home for The Storytellers Project

As many of you know, I’m writing a historical novel inspired by family stories my Mexican-Chinese grandma used to tell me: tales of secret immigrants and mixed races, family loyalties and betrayals. I’m also involved in the world of live personal storytelling, and The Storytellers Project recently invited me to share a true story about […]
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Published on September 26, 2021 10:18

June 7, 2021

The Hooker Bully – Virtual Storytelling During the Pandemic

If you’re involved in the world of live personal storytelling, as a teller or a fan, then you know the pandemic didn’t stop us but only prompted us to find each other online, thanks to dedicated producers who took their shows to the virtual road. Such shows are part of a support system that has […]
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Published on June 07, 2021 18:38

September 24, 2020

Never Kill A Dog Or Cat In Your Novel: a writer’s guide – Cara Lopez Lee’s humor writing on Slackjaw

Almost nobody would publish my funny little ditty, Never Kill A Dog Or Cat In Your Novel, because they found it a tad too disturbing. Cue Slackjaw, a humor journal that specializes in over-the-top weirdness. Thank you, Slackjaw, because without you I’d be forced to conform, and I just don’t know how. You can check out […]
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Published on September 24, 2020 09:58

July 3, 2020

Cara Gets a Reporting Job – Storytelling at Two Truths and a Lie (Video)

A story can mean different things at different times. In 2019, I first told this one, Cara Lopez Lee Gets A Reporting Job (a.k.a. The Boss of Last Resort) for Daniel David Shapiro’s podcast, Two Truths and a Lie. It’s the story of the most racist, sexist, intolerant tyrant I ever worked for, back in the […]
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Published on July 03, 2020 20:22

Cara Lopez Lee Gets a Reporting Job – Tale of a Tyrannical Boss

A story can mean different things at different times. In 2019, I first told this one, Cara Lopez Lee Gets A Reporting Job (a.k.a. The Boss of Last Resort) for Daniel David Shapiro’s podcast, Two Truths and a Lie. It’s the story of the most racist, sexist, intolerant tyrant I ever worked for, back in the […]
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Published on July 03, 2020 20:22

April 30, 2020

Escape The Pandemic: Read a Book!

Wish you could run away from Pandemic 2020? Try escaping into a book! I’ve been reading books by other authors—turns out most books are by other authors. But if you haven’t read mine yet, then please check out They Only Eat Their Husbands. It’s my memoir of how I ran away: from love, to Alaska, […]
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Published on April 30, 2020 11:21