Des Moines Storytellers: These people will share their 'Love in the Modern World' tales
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Love seems easy when you can find it with just a swipe on your phone.
Hundreds of faces are trying to sell the best versions of themselves: Bright smiles, perfectly brushed hair and the occasional picture with a dead fish.
But while love and connection is seemingly a click away in the modern age, the mechanics of what makes human beings whole, connected and fulfilled through love still goes back to old-school struggles and exploration.
And to help us through that, we have the gift of something from less modern times: 90's music.
"What is love? Baby don't hurt me. Baby don't hurt me. No more."
It speaks to the angst, particularly in teenage years, when we just wanna give love, but our baby hurts us.
"Oh I would do anything for love, but I won't do that."
Meat Loaf teaches us that setting up appropriate boundaries is important, even if we're seeking validation and want to please people.
"You gave me faith 'cause you believed. I'm everything I am. Because you loved me."
Celine Dion shows the power healthy relationships can have on our self-esteem. This song also shows how I felt when Wendy's announced "Four for $4 meals."
"Give me a sign. Hit me baby one more time."
Britney Spears taught us that communication is important. We're unable to understand each other unless we're expressing our needs in a healthy and constructive way.
All jokes aside, there are so many different kinds of love that it's hard to pinpoint what exactly it should look like.
The six storytellers listed below will share their “Love in the Modern World” stories at the next edition of the Des Moines Storytellers Project, which hits the Hoyt Sherman stage on Feb. 12. Each of them were coached to the stage by Register staffers Courtney Crowder, Kim Norvell, Rekha Basu and me.
Each of the storytellers have their own unique "love stories," whether it's dealing with an unexpected divorce in later years, finding love in more than one person or achieving the ultimate compassion: Love for yourself.
Love was the cause of heartache and pain for some. But it was also one of the best things to ever happen in all of their lives.
So join us for our inaugural show at Hoyt Sherman Place where we'll cry, laugh and think deeply about our relationships with ourselves and others.
Rev. Lindsey Braun is a minister of the United Church of Christ, serving Plymouth Church in Des Moines. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she has been listening to and sharing stories in churches for 12 years. Lindsey relieves stress by swimming and baking. If you’ve got an opinion on rhubarb, she wants to hear it.
Pete Rose Holmgren
Pete Rose Holmgren bartends at America’s finest craft beer bar, el Bait Shop. In his free time, he enjoys picking up shifts at work. Beyond that, he loves getting out in the community and meeting all the wonderful people Des Moines has to offer. Oh, and watermelon. He loves watermelon.
Ryan Moon is the membership director of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce where he is passionate about the work he does for the business community and the Urbandale Chamber's young professional group. Originally from Casey, he now resides in West Des Moines with his wife, Haley, and their two dogs, Hilton and Stark.
Sumitra Red Wing
Sumitra Red Wing is from Worcester, Massachussetts. Now retired and living in Des Moines, she is a renaissance woman who lives life embracing new adventure and opportunities. Sumitra entered a convent from high school and after leaving, she worked in radio, television, concert production and more. She enjoys approaching everyday with an open mind, open heart and spontaneity.
Antoinette Stevens moved to Des Moines from Stone Mountain, Georgia in 2015 after graduating with her degree in computer science from the University of Georgia. She works as a cybersecurity analyst at Principal Financial Group and serves as executive director of Reboot Iowa, Inc, a non-profit she founded to teach adults about coding and technology. Antoinette formerly served as the chair for TAI’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. She’s focused on developing her skills in cybersecurity by being an active member of SecDSM and an organizer for the BSides Iowa Security Conference.
Martha Wolf is the owner of the Ivy Bake Shoppes in Burlington and West Burlington. She has three children and eight grandchildren. She is a passionate food enthusiast. The adage, "If you are standing still, you are falling behind," has led her to open restaurants, write a cookbook and participate in the Des Moines Storytellers Project.
Love in the Modern World
The messy world of dating, marriage and singledom. Feb. 12 at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines. Show is at 7 p.m. Tickets, which start at $12, are available at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or in person at the Hoyt Sherman Place box office. Complete season tickets are also available starting at $60.
To learn more about the Storytellers Project or listen to stories from previous events, visit DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.
Become a teller
The Des Moines Storytellers Project strongly believes that everyone HAS a story and everyone CAN tell it. None of the storytellers who take our stage are professionals. They are your neighbors, friends or co-workers, and they are coached to tell by Register journalists.
Want to tell your story at one of our upcoming Storytellers Project events? Read our guidelines and submit a story by clicking "Speak" at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers