The Tamale Incident – Cara’s Story for the Strong Words Holiday(s) Show
I may never live down The Tamale Incident, my moment of infamy in the Lopez-Lee family. In this live personal story, I confess what happened that day and why sometimes, just sometimes, I feel like a failed Mexican woman. Thanks to Larry Dean Harris for inviting me to share my little tale at his popular L.A. storytelling show: Strong Words. It starts three minutes in, but I recommend checking out the whole Holiday(s) Show on YouTube!
Sparklers Are Giant Matches – Cara’s Childhood Tale for StoryMasters
I’ve been excited to appear in many in-person storytelling shows that have returned to the stage, but I’m also grateful for the virtual shows still online. They create opportunities for storytellers and audiences to share stories when they can’t get out, make friends in far-flung communities, and stretch our creativity. Below is a video of a fun tale from my less-than-model childhood, which I shared recently at a Zoom meeting of StoryMasters, a Southern California offshoot of Toastmasters. Whether you’ve never told a story for an audience or are an old hand, I recommend checking out this delightful, supportive club.
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. But my eyes filled with tears of joy on returning to The Otter Story Hour, a show that confirms how big the heart of the storytelling world is, and how meaningful it is to laugh and cry together over our shared human experience. Here’s a link to the Facebook video of that April 10 Show. I hope you can watch all six wonderful tellers, but to find my story, Ride the Neighborhood, just forward to 1:02:44. Enjoy the ride!
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. Ma, here’s a recording of the 10-minute version, which I told at the Santa Monica Playhouse. It appeared in 80 Minutes Around the World, produced by Nestor Gomez and M.J. Kang. If you like the topic, please keep your eyes peeled for news of my upcoming historical novel, Candlelight Bridge.