If someone should ask what is a regret? I would answer truthfully and say not mastering how to stay. I’ve pretended to sleep with men who loved me and some I have loved back. I do find myself in spite of myself plotting escape routes instead of savoring sweet dreams. A man once dubbed me […]
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Dori Owen is a storyteller, writing from small town Arizona, after living a few decades in California as an LA Wild Child, with a brief stop in Reno. She settled into grownup life as a project manager, collecting an MBA and a few husbands along the way. She is a shown artist and her favorite pastime is upcycling old furniture and decor she finds from thrift stores. She lives with the cat who came to visit but stayed. The love of her life is her grown son who lives in Portland, Oregon. Her essays and poems have been published in RAW&UNFILTERED VOL I, StigmaFighters Vol 2, and Love Notes From Humanity. Her blogs have been featured on The Lithium Chronicles, Open Thought Vortex, Sudden Denouement, and The Mighty.
You thought this moment would never come, or at least you hoped that it wouldn’t. How can it be that your precious baby is now heading off to college???? It doesn’t seem possible, but there you are buying the necessary items for the dorm room, helping her register, arranging those last minute finance issues (!), and […]
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After obtaining a masters degree in Arab Studies at Georgetown University, Michele applied—along with hundreds of others from the university--to work for the CIA. After a long and grueling hiring process and a year of intensive training, she became an intelligence officer for the National Clandestine Service, the covert (operational) arm of the Agency. Serving for a decade as a counterterrorism officer, Michele worked in all of the awful places you hope you’ll never visit, including Iraq during the height of the war. To date, Michele has traveled to 45 countries, lived in six of those, and has a lot of crazy stories to tell about life overseas.
While working for the CIA, Michele initially decried the traits that made her different from senior male officers, but later realized that these traits were what made her a great intelligence officer (empathy, intuition, strong interpersonal skills). Now she’s on a mission to show women that they have the elements to be a Femme Fatale—the incredibly intelligent and operationally astute woman that gets stuff done.
After years of service to her country, Michele has left the undercover life behind and now works as an international management consultant focused on Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She has a more “normal” life now and a lot more time to do the things she loves: writing, cooking, traveling for pleasure, walking on the beach—and most of all, inspiring others!
Improv is the dumbest thing you will ever do, and also the coolest thing you will ever do. There is nothing like walking onto a stage, just yourself and your scene partner, without a preconceived direction, with no clue how your scene will unfold. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve all landed a few eggs on stage, but when it […]
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Disrupter, Comedian, Lover of Life - just like Neo from "The Matrix" but worse. He gets a mini heart attacks whenever his wallet is missing from his pocket.