From the moment we are born we begin chasing love. We, hopefully, start with our parents and, or, family members moving on to friends before chasing after romantic love in hopes of finding the rarest of treasures, true love.

Writing and practicing for a month to condense a novel sized ‘true story’ down to 6 fleeting minutes for a competition was an exhilarating challenge. The highlights of my first storytelling experience included a 1st reading of my initial compilation of memories when filled with too much wine in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Bravely, I gave a 2nd reading to an intimate gathering of inebriated souls who eagerly shouted out critiques in lieu of praise and applause. Surprisingly, the memory of that unpleasant moment was extremely helpful during the final edits of “Chasing Love“. My final rehearsal, delivered from memory, fluidly flowed until I experienced a brain freeze. Seconds rapidly ticked by as I pleaded with the storytelling Gods to enliven my mental meanderings with the next line of the story I devotedly crafted. My audience, consisting of the dearest of friends, promised to give me hand & body signals if I repeated this unacceptable behavior during competition.

With warm regards, my thank yous are wrapped in big hugs and giant smiles for Donna Newton who shared the opportunity of the competitive event entitled, Long Beach Searches for the Greatest Storyteller; for Judy Iacovetti who has supported my most important endeavors throughout decades, for Karen Hanes who has blessed me with her intellectual wisdom time and again; for Cynthia Markopulos whose blunt honesty, in the end, mentors and enlightens; for Michael and Tamara Dilella who always surround me with their love and tender care; and to Michelangelo, my best friend and favorite tango dancer, who dared me to step into this creative challenge and passionately embrace every nuance of the experience.

Author’s message: STOP CHASING LOVE in order to love living life.