Ode is a storytelling series where community members tell true stories on stage to promote positive impact through empathy.

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Steve Mahr
Ally Karsyn

Somewhere south of Colorado Springs, I leaned back in the passenger seat and fell asleep. I woke up screaming, “Ahhhhhhh!

Edem Soul Music
Ally Karsyn

Edem Soul Music will be opening Ode’s live storytelling night on Friday, April 6, starting at 6 p.m. at The Marquee in downtown Sioux City.

Jim Sorvaag
Ally Karsyn

Bill. I met him in early spring of 1981 when I was in law school. I’d come to Sioux City once in a while, looking for something I didn’t think I could find in small-town South Dakota.

Kay Frances Scott
Ally Karsyn

I left Little Rock, Arkansas, bound for the East Coast with two suitcases, $200 and a one-way ticket to Hartford, Connecticut in hot pursuit of an acting career.

Lloyd Lee
Ally Karsyn

I’m lying in the ER, dazed and confused—my whole body numb. I’m holding back the tears as I gasp for breath. I wonder, Will I walk again? Was it really worth the risk?

Jenny Bullington
Ally Karsyn

I’d spent the last 11 years being a professional mothering machine.

Jessica Zepeda
Ally Karsyn

When I was 13, I ran away from home with my 16-year-old brother.

Ben Nesselhuf
Ally Karsyn

When I was 20, I dropped out of college and drove a car from Chicago to Guatemala City.

Jim Schaap
Ally Karsyn

On an ordinary day in rural Niger, sheep are everywhere.

Marcia Poole
Ally Karsyn

I love short ribs.