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

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Tori Albright
Ally Karsyn

In college, a Floridian called me a Yankee. No one had ever called me that before. But being from Ohio, that is exactly what I was.

Brian Mathers
Ally Karsyn

About six years ago, I was on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. At sunset. With the love of my life.

Ryan Dowell Baum
Ally Karsyn

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize the world doesn’t make sense.

Branden Bullington
Ally Karsyn

I joined the Air Force fresh out of high school. The day I left for bootcamp, my best friend sat next to me sobbing because we were about to leave our small town in southwest Iowa. I couldn’t wait to get away. 

Jetske Wauran
Ally Karsyn

“You’re positive,” the doctor said.

Shandell Inlay
Ally Karsyn

I learned about persistence the day my husband went to prison.

Ty Rushing
Ally Karsyn

David versus Goliath. Giants versus Patriots. And 3-year-old Ka’Mori versus 23-year-old me.

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.