Stories

Below is a roster of featured Dare to be Fabulous stories and contributors. Many of these stories are being considered or adapted for the upcoming book and are currently unavailable to read online. However, stories with audio or video clips are still featured in full. (Those formats are indicated by the titles). Peruse the excerpts, and enjoy!

Alcoholic Anonymous

THE FABULOSITY OF SIMPLICITY by Alcoholic Anonymous

He was baffled and horrified by the amount of alcohol I was consuming, but he was devastated by my lying about it. It all came to a heartbreaking showdown that got me into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1997, where I gratefully remain to this day. Continue reading ...

SOMETIMES IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS by Sara Arason

One day, though, it occurred to me that what I want might matter. What makes ME happy might be important, worthwhile, acceptable, or, at least, OK. So, with more than a bit of trepidation, I refused to schedule a meeting that would have forced me to cancel my manicure. Continue reading ...

FEAR CITY by Penny Ross Burk

The traffic going up Route 81 was a little heavy but pride kept me on the highway and passionately directed. I was scared to death, an introvert flying down the road trying to function in an extrovert's world. Continue reading ...

FULL CIRCLE by Terri Lyne Carrington

Due to the fact that I am a drummer, playing an instrument predominantly played by men in the male-dominated music world, I have had to be fearless and daring; otherwise, I basically would not have gotten anywhere in this business. Continue reading ...

PLAYING THE CANCER CARD by Simon Chaitowitz

So no, I'm not into pretending that cancer isn't horrible. But the Big C does have one little perk that doesn't get publicized much. And I'd like to make sure that no cancer "survivors" guilt-trip themselves out of using it. (Like yours truly, until recently.) Continue reading ...

REVEALING MY SECRET: I HAVE PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIA by Rebecca Chamaa

Sure, living with paranoid schizophrenia is difficult, but so are millions of other things. Cancer is difficult. Diabetes is difficult. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are difficult. Who is to say which challenge is harder? Continue reading ...

GOLD MEDAL MERMAID by Kelly Crowley

When you're the odd kid out at a small Catholic grammar school, you're destined to get picked last for every kickball game. In my tiny class of 17, the odd kid out was me. Continue reading ...

“WE CAN READ!” by Anna Elkins

And there on her doorstep, I had a revelation. When we tell our stories of gratitude—the anecdotes—we create the antidote to the bad stuff: fear, anxiety, annoyance, all the nasty et ceteras. I can testify: it works. Continue reading ...

WALKING ACROSS AMERICA IN MY 90TH YEAR by Doris “Granny D” Haddock

Well, was that me? Old Doris? It was not the Doris who had sat meekly among them a year and a quarter earlier. Even at my age, I had changed quite a bit. For the first time in my long life, I was clearly not afraid of what someone might think of me - I cared more about the issue than my vain self. Continue reading ...

A LIFE-LONG DREAM REALIZED: VOLUNTEERING WITH THE BIG FIVE IN AFRICA by Melissa Haynes

I turned down the job and dared to do what I had wanted to do my entire life. A spark of passion that was ignited in kindergarten while daydreaming within the pages of National Geographic magazine - I would go to South Africa and save the animals. Continue reading ...

SOLA PEDALING by Carter Helliwell

I’ve read that growth occurs in the space outside one’s comfort zone. I’m not sure why I had to go to the other side of the world to leave my small comfort zone, but that’s when I learned to listen to my own voice. Continue reading ...

ISN’T THAT FABULOUS by Jenna Jolovitz

I knew no one, and no one knew me. I was completely anonymous. So I did it. Like a banana, I peeled down the top of my tank suit (Did you really imagine I owned a bikini?) and into the water I went. Quickly. Continue reading ...
Alison Levine

ON THE EDGE by Alison Levine

I knew what it was like to get the snot kicked out of me high up on the summit ridge in a storm. And I wasn’t afraid of that this time around. I knew what my risk tolerance was, and I knew what my pain threshold was. Had I not had that failed experience eight years prior, I very well might have turned around when most others did...

ODE TO GRAY by Michele Maggiora

I made the decision to stop, many times. But I kept at it; the ritual of dyeing my hair. I have colored my hair since my twenties, long before I started to gray. Continue reading ...

WHAT I NEVER EXPECTED by Molly Caro May

Pregnancy may have knocked me over, but I had labored like Wonder Woman. If the upswing trajectory followed, postpartum would be manageable, maybe even a breeze. Continue reading ...
Jo-Anne McArthur

LOVE MADE VISIBLE by Jo-Anne McArthur

It's summer in the Antarctic and on sunny days I can venture out onto the bow of our Sea Shepherd vessel, the Bob Barker, to let the warmth penetrate my bones. Continue reading ...

A NOVEL IDEA by Kristin McCloy

When I'm writing I often ask my small charges to help me channel the genie, and so often they will curl up around me (on the arm of a couch, on the floor at my feet, nearby on a windowsill) and fall into the trance-like sleep I so envy, creating an atmosphere of deep serenity into which my mind can drop. Continue reading ...

MRS. SPOOK, SPAIN, 1965 by Lillian McCloy

Frank was suspicious that Boris was a double agent, working both sides, as it were, so he asked for my help one evening. The plan was as follows: Continue reading ...

MOIST: A JOURNEY OUT OF CHAPSTICK ADDICTION by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta

Since discovering lip balm at age ten, I put it on my lips between 50 and 100 times a day. These are real numbers, by the way, not fuzzy math. Continue reading ...

BEATING THE COLLYWOBBLES by Ingrid Newkirk

Of course, I am no stranger to speaking up—but on this occasion, for some reason, it was different. I was dog-tired, the seating area was crowded with strangers, and I was in a town where hunting was so popular that children got off from school on the first day of deer season. Continue reading ...

HER NAME WAS HONG by Jill Robinson, MBE

There can be no more proud or joyous feeling than to look into an animals' eyes, knowing that you have made a difference, rather than turning away, ashamed, at each new vision of despair. Continue reading ...
Ali Rushfield

A COMEDY WRITER’S STORY by Ali Rushfield

In 2001, when I just started out working in TV comedy, I worked in one of the most difficult writer’s room there is, Judd Apatow’s, on his show, Undeclared. It was difficult in the way you want a writer’s room to be difficult—everyone was so good at what they did, it was hard to make a dent. Continue reading ...

MEET A MUSLIM by Moina Shaiq

It was standing room only and it was pretty overwhelming. I invited people to ask me any questions that they might have. No question would be off limits. I wanted to let them know that I am an ordinary American, just like they are. Continue reading ...

OF MEN AND A MACHINE by Anne Singer

You live in a city like New York long enough and you learn to ignore things. The urban cacophony – sirens, horns, music, and that relentless commentary on you and the body you walk around in. You know, those verbal flares men send up that illuminate you in the crowd and alert everyone to the woman over here with the audacity to unbind her feet and venture out
Gloria Steinem

ON SELF-ESTEEM by Gloria Steinem

It was the late sixties, those days that were still pre-feminist for me. I didn’t question the fact that male journalists with less experience than I were getting the political assignments that were my real interest. Continue reading ...

A SHY TV ANCHOR by Wendy Tokuda

I was a living stereotype of the nice little Japanese girl: quiet, polite, and obedient. My mom worried that I would spend my life being stepped on like a doormat. Continue reading ...

LE BAISER (THE KISS) by Ann Walsh

As I turned the calendar to February, I reflected on the kisses and the people that have been part of my life and conjured up the memory of my ultimate dare to be fabulous kiss. Continue reading ...

GO WITH THE FLOW by Karen Wolf

My life's headlines might read like a National Enquirer front page: KILLER BEES ATTACK SAILORS IN VENEZUELAN JUNGLE; HURRICANE FLOYD SWAMPS COUPLE IN NEW JERSEY MARSHES. Continue reading ...

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