Join Us Thursday May 5th at The Alberta Rose Theatre – 7:30 PM!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW for our third annual show!

To the Show!

by carisa on May 2, 2016


We are just a few days away…

…from nerves, and dry mouths, and, “What made me think I could do this?”

…from spotting loved ones in the audience and deciding whether to focus on them to draw strength, or to look away and let ourselves be blinded by the stage lights, pretending we’re back in our own bedroom reading our story for the cat.

…from a theatre full of hundreds, laughing at our jokes and crying along with our struggles, not a stranger in the entire place.

…from “I did it,” and, “What a rush!” and people coming up to say, “I was so touched by your story,” and, “I’ve been there, too.”

…from all at once feeling at home and touched down in a whole new world.

…from connecting.

Join us at theAlberta Rose Theatre for the third annual Listen To Your Mother:Portland  THIS Thursday, May 5th, 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets HERE

See you there!


To learn more about our storytellers, visit the Portland Bios Page

To find one of 41 local shows near you and to learn more about Listen To Your Mother, start at the LTYM Homepage

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“I will return later from a safer computer.”

When you visit the website for the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, a shaded box pops up before it will let you go to the site, asking:

  1. Do you really want to go to the website?
  2. Should you find a safer computer?
  3. Do you need to learn about Internet safety.

This box also explains that when you’re done you should go into your browser history, and erase that you were there. In case someone’s checking up on you.

There is a button off to the right and it says “Escape Site”. When I first saw it, I am embarrassed to say that the first thought in my head was of a child’s video game, because I am privileged enough to get to think that way. When you click it for real, it takes you to the Google search box. It’s your cover. In case you quickly need to hide what you’re doing.

Portland Women's Crisis Line

I’ve visited the Portland Women’s Crisis Line site many times through my work with the Portland Listen to Your Mother show, as we are proud to partner with them once again, donating ten percent of ticket sales from our May 5 show.

And every time I go to the PCWL site, and click number one to say, yes, it’s safe for me to go to your website, my heart hurts. I shake my head all over again, unable to imagine that kind of situation. Yet here it is, real, right in front of me.

Founded in 1973, Portland Women’s Crisis Line was one of the first sexual and domestic violence crisis lines in the United States. Which sort of makes me shudder. There were a lot of people here in 1973, people connected to our current circles, current families, who may have needed support, and didn’t get it.

Looking forward, Portland Women’s Crisis Line invites you to UNITE: A Night for Transformation on Wednesday, May 11 at the Exchange Ballroom at 123 NE 3rd Avenue in Portland. It will be an amazing night of gourmet food, entertainment, and the Visionary Awards, honoring individuals and businesses with an outstanding commitment for a world free of domestic and sexual violence. Tickets and sponsorship information here.

It’s hard to remember that the things we have around us today weren’t always there. For more information about this important, life-changing organization, please visit the Portland Women’s Crisis Line website or find them on Facebook.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or sexual violence, please contact PWCL at 888-235-5333 or

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Quotidian Joys: Lizilu Photography

April 20, 2016

I think it really hit home last week. I volunteered in my son’s 2nd grade classroom. I was supposed to snap a picture of each child for an art project. Later they would sculpt their picture out of clay. My instructions were to have the kids make “a silly face”. Because everyone was supposed to look the same. But the first child shyly asked, “Could I be…not-silly?” And the next said, “Can I be serious, like super serious?” Then: “Can I be nice?”“Can I have a snout?” “Can I be a chicken, not like I am a chicken but like I think I’m a chicken?” Which is how I failed as a volunteer. On the walk home from school, I thought about my conversations with Elizabeth Sattelberger, my photographer friend and owner of Lizilu Photography. And I thought, oh, I think I get it. I’m kind of a creativity-geek. I meet a creative person and become fascinated […]

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Mind Mother Body Story

April 4, 2016

The first thing you realize about Women’s Healthcare Associates is the words. I mean the words in their name. Because Women comes first. And that’s how they roll. Women. That is, woman. That is, you. You come first. If you are a woman in this world, you might not be used to this. (If you’ve not in a million years struggled with this more power to you.) The rest of us might have experienced helping, caring, overextending, stressing, bending yourself into a pretzel to make things work. Streeeeeeetching – to hold all the pieces together. Cramming yourself into the space that’s left. Last one at the buffet gets the decorative sprig of parsley. You can’t live on parsley. Have you ever said yes when you mean no? Have you ever given your daughter the bagel off your plate, thinking you can get something later? Has your mom ever called you at work asking […]

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The Opposite of Emoticon

March 12, 2016

Oh the beauteous beauteous women of the 2016 Portland Listen to Your Mother cast. It was a rainy gray day in the Willamette Valley, but inside at our first rehearsal was the warm glow that can only come when complete strangers meet and share stories. Isn’t it wonderful that with all the technology, the wi’s and the fi’s, that the power is still in the people. That’s where it’s at. What’s the opposite of emoticon? Emoti-face? These women made it happen. And here they are. Thanks to Director Carisa’s new couch for being our riser and to the whole cast for the gift they are coming together to create for our city. Bottom, left to right: Rita Ott Ramstad, Sue Campbell, Becky Rude. Middle: Mandy Tuthill, Leslie Williams, Sandy Parks. Top: Kate Carroll De Gutes, Amy McMullen, Kylene Moss Grell. Photo credit: Susan Domagalski Fleming by

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