Events

Odyssey’s Anniversary Show-A Celebration of Culture

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Cultivation: A Celebration of Culture
Curated by Ana Montañez
Produced by Ana Montañez and Miles Schneiderman

Show at 7PM Available on YouTube
And on the Odyssey Storytelling Podcast

It’s Odyssey’s birthday again! Let’s celebrate with stories of all the beautiful cultures represented in our Odyssey family. We all come from very different backgrounds, races, ethnicities and experiences. These show up in our foods, our languages, the way we speak, what we wear and most of all how we treat each other. That’s the beauty of diversity! In the spirit of Odyssey’s mission to create community one story at a time – come listen, learn and appreciate difference.
*This will be first fee based event using our new Patreon account. More details to come!

COVID-19 can’t stop Odyssey Storytelling! Our live shows might be on hold, but we’re determined to keep providing you with your monthly dose of local Tucson storytelling!

Find our virtual shows on YouTube here.

To listen to our podcast click here.

Smiling behind my mask

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

Odyssey Storytelling’s The Best of 2020

The Best of 2020.

Odyssey Storytelling compiled a bunch of stories from this pandemic year to provide an encore of entertainment. It’s on the Odyssey Storytelling YouTube Channel. I am honored that my story, “Quarantine,”  was one of the stories they chose. And my story is the opener!  Settle in for an all-true  story time!

 

Smiling behind my mask

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

Eastside Writing Room- February 2021

TUESDAYS FEB. 2, 9, 16, 23. 11:00-11:45 AM MOUNTAIN TIME.

Join the virtual energy and share your writing intentions each Tuesday. We check in online  at 11:00 AM Mt. time. Adult writers of any genre welcome- published, beginners, seasoned, jaded, fiction, non-fiction. We’re sharing ideas and energetic support to… write.

The action of sitting at the computer, going to the Zoom room, and sharing with kindred souls often jumpstarts the writing engine, or adds fuel to the already simmering idea.

Contact Ethel to get the Zoom info.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

The Montclair Write Group NJ Readings

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17: The Montclair Write Group Readings and Open Mic

12-2:00 PM MT time; 2:00-4:00 EST

So excited to be going to Montclair NJ, my former writing stomping grounds, to be a featured reader. I have a longer version of “The Butterfly Effect” with a pretty cool update for a butterfly effect right here in my adopted hometown of Tucson AZ. Jeanne Margolskee emcees. Come from anywhere to see us via Zoom Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86296272345?pwd=RTBCNlNOWkJ0Q2I1YmpacGVQK25TQT09

EASTSIDE WRITING ROOM, AZ – Jan. 2021

TUESDAYS ZOOM: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26  11:00 AM-11:40 AM (Mt. Time) Join us on Zoom to start the year with a clear vision affirming your writing desire and talents. I email the Zoom link each Sunday.

We welcome 2021 and adult writers (published, not published, just starting, resuming) of all genres to join us as we write. This group is not for instruction, sharing, or critiquing. It’s solely for writing. 

Feel free to join us. Commit and claim your time just for you and your writing. Set your writing intention each Tuesday morning (Mt. time) No fee. Join us each week or as your time allows. 

A bit of writing talk, stating intentions for the day’s writing, and then writing on your own. Email check-ins to the group are encouraged at the end of your session or sometime after 1:00 PM.

New to the group? Come when you can. Connecting while apart has had positive effects in mood, attitude, perspective and that spills over into our writing. Interested writers may contact Ethel. ethel.lee.miller@gmail.com 

If you are interested, I will add you to the monthly list.  If you wish to be removed from the monthly email, reply “Please remove” in the subject line. Feel free to pass this on to other adult writers.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

Eastside Writing Room -December 2020

The Eastside Writing Room has been “planting virtual writing seeds” since April and now in December, we’re ushering 2020 out and welcoming 2021 with anticipation and optimism.

Join us each Tuesday in this final month of 2020 for a half hour or sharing writing intentions. The pandemic has shifted our locations but has not impacted our commitment. Write from your desk, office, outside, in the park. Just not around our community table. 

If you are interested in joining us, contact Ethel.  We check in on Zoom at 11:00 AM (Mountain Time) to state writing intentions. We keep our intentions concise and brief and then off we go to write. This is not a content share/critique group. I send out a Zoom invite to our full member list each Sunday. We write every Tuesday. We’re staying connected while apart.

Words are powerful- the words we write, think, and speak can hold influence, whether it’s with a group, on your social media pages, with your neighbor as you talk from a social distance, or in your home with your family. 

You may not control the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. –  Maya Angelou

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

THE EASTSIDE WRITING ROOM – Nov. 2020

Snippets for writing

November 3, 10, 17, 24: The Eastside Writing Room has been “planting virtual writing seeds” since April and November calls for “harvesting” some of those writing ideas.

Our purpose remains the same. To claim writing time with no interruptions, no cell phones, no chores. The pandemic has shifted our locations but has not impacted our commitment. Write from your desk, office, outside, in the park. Just not around our community table.

If you are interested in joining us, contact Ethel.  We check in on Zoom at 11:00 AM (Mountain time) to state writing intentions. We keep our intentions concise and brief and then off we go to write. This is not a content share/critique group. I send out a Zoom invite to our full member list each Sunday. We write every Tuesday.

Words are powerful- the words we write, think, and speak can hold influence, whether it’s with a group, on your social media pages, with your neighbor as you talk from a social distance, or in your home with your family.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. She’s sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

Odyssey Storytelling- Karma

ODYSSEY STORYTELLING

NOVEMBER 12: KARMA!  

KARMA—How do you flow on the river of life? Have you received instant rewards, or did they arrive after many twists and turns of the universal flow? Did punishment come fast as lightning or after many spins around the sun? ?
Bella Vivante curates, with Ethel Lee-Miller producing, the Odyssey Storytelling show “Karma,” Nov. 12, 2020. Five true stories by local storytellers Gail Arrenholz, Mary Jo Pollack, Ron Lancaster, Susan Allen, and Tim Foran relating their experience with Karma. 
A storytelling night that promises to produce instant rewards! CLICK  TO GO TO THE YOU TUBE CHANNEL -> ODYSSEY STORYTELLING 

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. She also enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Tucson Tellers of Tales, and just about anywhere there’s a mic. 

The Eastside Writing Room

Writing Support Group

Tuesdays in October 11:00 AM

Still Zooming. Still staying connected. Still writing.

Contact Ethel if you’d like to check in with us each Tuesday to share your intentions for writing. We can’t write together, but we share intentions, support each other’s efforts and then use at least two hours to step away, each to our own writing place, from the complexities of the day, the things that block creativity, and we write. Ironic as it seems, sometimes I write about those very things that are the complexities, and they cease to be all that complex.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she’s writing to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it, and sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

Odyssey Storytelling

Odyssey Storytelling continues to build stronger ties in our community. The essence of our organization is to create community one story at a time. We hold space for people to tell their stories, share their lived experiences and, more importantly, for others to simply listen. Time and again this has created connections and strengthened our Tucson community. These days our community has expanded to – everywhere! We’re taping shows and podcasting.

We Cooled Off on You Tube This Summer

June – Quarantine. Six storytellers shared their challenges and triumphs from the age of COVID-19. Jana Segal-Stormont, Troy Larkin, Brett Kramer, Lisa Cardenas, Steve Braun.  I was honored to be #6. PODCAST 

July- Vagabond Dreams  A vagabond is a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job. Right now we find ourselves confined and unable to wander to escape the summer swelter like years past.  For one evening, we left those concerns behind and took journeys of exploration, adventure, discovery, possibility, as Joe, Carrie, Paul and Yasmin shared their stories of life on the road. Curated by Joe Silins Produced by Roscoe Mutz and Miles Schneiderman  Podcast

August -Black Stories Matter. Storytellers included Bryan Castle, Stephanie Lyonga, Davia Moore, Bo Phillips, Martha T. and William O. Wills. The show closed with an inspiring interview with Doris Snowden, president of the Tucson NAACP, conducted by Odyssey executive director Ana Montañez,  Podcast 

Still Zooming Along

Thursday, September 10, 2020 Invisible- A Bilingual Event
Show at 7PM Available on YouTube And on the Odyssey Storytelling Podcast September 11th                 Two versus one, twice as much- or perhaps- just invisible.
Bilingual, bicultural and on the border- maybe unwanted, unseen and uncomfortable.
However, also proud.
“Speak English” but why not something else? One world, two cultures, three languages in some cases. Invisible or unmistakable?

Storytellers include Czarina Nafarrate, Albrecht Classen, Alma Montañez, Diego Lopez, Consuelo Hernandez, Dan Duncan. Curated by Tony Paniagua. Produced by Ana Montañez and Miles Schneiderman

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she’s writing to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it, and sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling Tucson Tellers of Tales, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic.