Star Signs with Ellen Bowles – Episode 21

Looking Inward as We Head Into a New Year

As we enter a new year, it is a perfect time to look inward, look to the year ahead, and consider our purpose in the world. It’s also a perfect time to share this interview with Ellen Bowles, an artist, astrology and Tarot reader, and ancestral healer from Los Angeles, CA.

In this interview with former Long Story Short intern Julia Christian, Ellen discusses the difference between pop culture astrology and true astrology work, how understanding the energy of the universe can give us insight into ourselves, and the importance of representation in astrology and spiritualism.

Ellen Bowles, an artist, astrology and Tarot reader, and ancestral healer from Los Angeles, CA. Ellen’s life’s work stemmed from her creativity in illustration, creative direction, and fashion. Her spiritual practice is still deeply intertwined within her art, as her subject matter is inspired by goddesses and divine deities. Ellen’s practice contains the use of modalities such as candle magic, ancestral healing, Tarot readings, moon magic, astrology, and much more, which she offers through individual readings and birth chart analysis sessions and monthly workshops she hosts on spiritual topics.

Ellen is the former co-host of The Woke Mystixpodcast, a space dedicated to spirituality, astrology, and magic from the perspective of two non-conforming women of color. She is also a writer and co-author of ASTROLOGY SOS: An Astrological Survival Guide to Life, published by Hardie Grant UK.

Portsmouth Storytelling Live Show This March

If you are looking to hear a live recording of the show, the next one is coming up on March 9. The show “Out There” will be at 3S Artspace at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now!

About the Show

There’s your every day, and then there are the things that go beyond the norm. A trip to a far-off place, a strange encounter with an eccentric person, an adventure with new people. This show aims to explore all things “Out There” and those times we step out of our comfort zone, challenge ourselves and gain a better understanding of our capabilities–and limitations.

Being Young – Episode 20

Youth is wasted on the young, or so they say. This episode explores the way we see the world and the choices we make when we are young.

The first story is from Dylan Haigh, the art director for Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, from the September 2019 show “Breaking All the Rules.” We first hear Dylan talk about his many arrests as a teen the final arrest which made him reevaluate the path his life was taking.

The episode also features Erin Laplante, of Portland, Maine, who takes us on a hilarious tour of her younger years. Like so many teen girls, she pines for cute boys, yet just can’t seem to nail the cool moves. This story was performed at the 2016 show “Past Lives.”

Want to Become a Storyteller?

Long Story Short is a Portsmouth-based storytelling series hosted by Beth LaMontagne Hall and held quarterly at 3S Artspace. It features storytellers of all levels and has become a local venue for new storytellers to take the stage for the first time. In addition, Long Story Short features published authors, professors, marketing professionals, business owners, bartenders and anyone else who has a good story to tell.

If you’d like to become a storyteller, go to the homepage and click the button on How to Become a Storyteller. We will contact you about the proposal process.

Photo Story with Michael Cinquino – Ep. 19

We explore storytelling, photography and acting in this episode with Michael Cinquino, a photographer and trained actor who splits time between New York and Portsmouth, NH. Michael discusses how photographers help their subjects show their true selves, how he’s learning the craft of filmmaking, and how performing can reveal the true meaning of a piece.

You can check out Michael’s short film, “12 Frames” at https://www.sohocreativestudio.com/12frames

Upcoming Live Show in Portsmouth

If you like our show, please subscribe, rate and review! You can also find us @longstoryshort3s on Instagram. You can also get tickets to our next live show on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at 3S Artspace now! The show, Family Heirloom, features four storytellers talking about all things family and the objects we use to remember the ones we love. Tickets available here: https://www.3sarts.org/performances/performance/Long-Story-Short:-Family-Heirloom?performanceid=5329

In This Episode

Want to give a listen? Here’s a segment of the transcript about the show, Michael Cinquino and the upcoming live show at 3S Artspace.

Hello, Beth here. Happy Thanksgiving. Welcome holiday season. Don’t know about you but I am ready for this, for the food and drinks with friends the music. I’ve also got a birthday this time of year and love celebrating that when everyone is feeling all festive. It’s just a great time to reflect as the year is ending on what you’ve done, where you’re going. 

And I think it’s a great time to put out this interview I did over the summer with photographer, actor and filmmaker Michael Conquino. I met Michael because of his interest in storytelling and his pitch for the show was so interesting to me, I invited him to sit down for an interview. Michale pitched a story about how stories transformed his recovery journey — it’s something I’ve heard people say over and over and it’s something I’ve always wanted to dig into more. How does it help why is it so powerful?

And while we talked about that, we also talked about a ton of other stuff, performing, the craft of acting, writing and rehearsing and performing and how that process is so necessary for really getting at the core of a piece.

So if you’re interested in photography, writing, filmmaking, give this a listen bc there’s some good wisdom in here.

And of course, I don’t want to forget to remind everyone in the north of boston, nh, southern maine region to get tickets for the next lss on dec 8 at 3s. The theme is Family Heirloom and we have 4 storytellers who I am so excited for you to check out.

We’ve got Christine Kelly telling a story about loss and courage and the bravery to ask for what you want, centered around the loss of her grandmother and keeping her memory alive.

We have Kate Sheridan, this is her second time on stage and I’m excited to have her back bc she has this interesting way of structuring her stories that is very unique and evocative.

We have Samantha Bradbury-Koster who is getting her MFA at UNH and has appeared on shows like Creative Mornings and TedX and will tell a story about an abusive family relationship.

We have Heather Angell who has done Mass Mouth shows, WGBH’s Stories from the Stage, the show Sound Bites in Brunswick Maine who is going to share how she incorporate her dads memory into her gay wedding.

Tickets are on 3Sarts.org, and start at $5. The December show is always one of the liveliest and the best, so come join us if you’re in the area.

Seasons Change – Episode 18

Life unfolds slowly. We get sucked up in our day-to-day, with work, school, kids and the latest binge-worthy TV show. Then one day we look around and see that things are completely unlike what we expected. Sometimes it’s when life throws you for a loop, like in Raya Al-Hashmi’s story about reckoning with her father’s absence. Other times, it’s a slow burn, like in Brooke Williams’ story about how the ambitious, artistic 20-something she once was faded into the background as marriage, kids and homeownership took priority. 

In this episode, we examine how “seasons change” in our lives and the ways in which we come to accept the passage of time. Al-Hashmi told her story at the December 2018 show, Family Ties, giving a touching, and at time heartbreaking, overview of what it’s like to deal with the choices of our parents, and the need to have answers. Williams told her story at the March 2019 show, Regrets Only Please, highlighting how age has a funny way creeping up on you and the reminders we get in our 40s about the things we once dreamed of doing, but likely never will.

New live show coming in December in Portsmouth

If you want to catch a recording of Long Story Short live, the storytelling podcast will host a live show in Portsmouth, NH at 3S Artspace. the show, Family Heirloom, will be on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and will feature five storytellers discussing all manor of family, from disfunction to the absurd. We all need a little laugh at our family from time to time, especially during the holidays. Tickets available here.

If you like our show, please subscribe, rate and review! You can also find us @longstoryshort3s on Instagram.

What Would You Do? – Episode 17

How are we supposed to act in an extraordinary situation? When logic is telling us one thing, but our hearts say to do another. This episode, all about reactions to strange situations and how to make difficult decisions.

About the stories

The first story, from Ryan Van Dalinda, revisits his time in Los Angeles, trying to make it in show business and finding a different kind of job in the process. From the March 2020 show Denial, Ryan touches on the ways we act foolishly when we want something so bad, and how people in a city of dreams can take advantage.

The next story is from Charlene Thorburn, a Long Story Short fan favorite. This physician assistant talks about the time she volunteered to be a living organ donor, and what was behind her difficult decision not to do it. Charlene told this gripping story at the March 2019 show, Regrets Only Please.

About or Portsmouth Storytelling Series

Long Story Short is recorded live at the 3S Artspace performance space in Portsmouth, NH. The storytellers are not professionals, but are average folks with amazing stories. Head to the homepage for more info on the series and how to sign up to become a storyteller.

If you like our show, please subscribe, rate and review! You can also find us @longstoryshort3s on Instagram.

Dark Tales: Spooky Stories for the Portsmouth Halloween Parade

Who’s ready for Halloween? This show features spooky tales told at Portsmouth Halloween Parade fundraisers held at 3S Artspace. If you haven’t been to Portsmouth, NH at Halloween time, it’s worth the trip. The city goes all out with a community-run Halloween parade that nothing short of an impressive show of creativity and creepiness. Anyone can join the parade, which is probably wide it draws hundreds of participants, musicians and floats, and about 10 fold the number of spectators.

Authors and storytellers featured

The first story on this episode is from Kristen Ringman, a fantastic horror and fantasy writer, who shares a story from her book I Stole You, Stories from the Fae, which was a Lambda Literary Finalist in LGBTQ Science fiction, fantasy and horror. This story is a mesmerizing tale about a woodland supernatural creature longing for human connection and the consequences that come from trying to seek it.

The next story we have is a story from Long Story Short advisory board member Mark Michael Adams with this “true” story about exploring an abandoned prison at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. This prison is a looming castle over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, made famous for being one of the most fearsome military brigs in all of the armed services. Known as the Alcatraz of the East, legend has it that if anyone escaped, the Marine guarding that prisoner would have to serve the remainder of his sentence. The prison closed in 1974 and has since been empty–with plenty of local conjecture as to what secrets might be inside. Here, Mark talks about a night he and his friends dared enter the secure facility and the supernatural occurrences they witnessed there.

Want to know more about the Portsmouth Halloween Parade?

The Portsmouth Halloween Parade is a community-funded event that relies on donations. Please consider making a donation at https://www.portsmouthhalloweenparade.org/ or attending one of their spooky fundraisers:

Fri Oct 1 – Rock Show @ Press Room, 8pm

Thu Oct 21 – SCARY-oke @ Daniel Street Tavern (aka D Street), 9pm

Fri Oct 22 – Movie Night @ Liar’s Bench, 8pm

Sat Oct 23 – Pumpkin SMASH @ Portsmouth Farmer’s Market*, 8am – 1pm

Sun Oct 24 – Halloween Costume Paddle Contest @ Pierce Island, 11am – 12pm

Wed Oct 27 – Flatbread Community Night @ Flatbread Portsmouth, 3pm – 9pm

Thu Oct 28 – Undead Beat Night @ Book and Bar, 7pm

For the most up-to-date information, check their Facebook page.

Swipe Right – Episode 15

There’s a lot more to someone’s story than just their words. Body language or facial expressions help us get the full meaning. But what about audio-only media? Podcasts and radio? What happens between the words that help reveal the depth of the story?

This episode, we talk with writer and podcast producer Amor Yates about the craft of creating stories in podcasts. Yates is the Producer for Design Museum Everywhere’s weekly podcast, Design is Everywhere. Originally from Los Angeles, Amor discovered her love for audio storytelling at her KCRW internship in Santa Monica. There, she produced her first feature on the value of a community college education. Amor studied abroad in New Zealand where she wrote about tech news for an online publication. She graduated with a B.A. from UC Davis and has written and reported on topics of education, dating, travel, the restaurant industry, and technology. Before joining the team, Amor produced narrative-style podcasts, including We met on Tinder. Amor is based in New York City and loves sloths.

Portsmouth NH Storytelling Opportunities

Head to the main page to learn about opportunities for telling stories and attending upcoming shows. We are always looking for good stories and storytellers, both for the podcast and our shows at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH

Close to You – Episode 14

If there’s one thing we’ve learned since March 2020, it’s that humans need human contact. When we’re feeling alone or disconnected, stories help bridge that gap and bring us closer together. Stories are also essential to memory and legacy and help us celebrate what we love about the people who are no longer with us.


In this episode are two joyful stories of remembrance. The first from Chuck McMahon, Content Director of Tiny Bully agency in NH, author and former reporter, who talks about becoming a father in a way I rarely hear men do.

The second story is from Jessica Bacon, a long-time Long Story Short participant who honors her brother on what would have been his 49th birthday with a collage of stories about his mischievous spirit and love for cars. If you appreciate classic vehicles, you’ve gotta catch this one.

If you like our show, please subscribe, rate and review! You can also find us @longstoryshort3s on Instagram.


To learn more about Long Story Short and sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to longstoryshortpod.com/

Close to You – Episode 14

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned since March 2020, it’s that humans need human contact. When we’re feeling alone or disconnected, stories help bridge that gap and bring us closer together. Stories are also essential to memory and legacy and help us celebrate what we love about the people who are no longer with us. 
In this episode are two joyful stories of remembrance. The first from Chuck McMahon, Content Director of Tiny Bully agency in NH, author and former reporter, who talks about becoming a father in a way I rarely hear men do. The second story is from Jessica Bacon, a long-time Long Story Short participant who honors her brother on what would have been his 49th birthday with a collage of stories about his mischievous spirit and love for cars. If you appreciate classic vehicles, you’ve gotta catch this one.
If you like our show, please subscribe, rate and review! You can also find us @longstoryshort3s on Instagram.
To learn more about Long Story Short and sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

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We’ve Got Some Big News – What’s Ahead for Long Story Short

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We’ve got big news, including new episodes dropping this fall and winter. If you’ve been missing stories from us, make sure to check out the new episodes with archival stories from some of the most popular shows, as well as new interviews with writers, photographers, podcasters and even a mystic oracle. There’s more in this little minisode, so make sure to give a quick listen to hear about all we have planned.

While you’re at it, check out the new Long Story Short logo, designed by Amy Jane Larkin, a LSS Advisory Board member and graphic artists with And How, an Arundel, Maine-based 3D animation and graphics design studio. Learn more at: https://madebyandhow.com/

We’ve also got a live show coming up on September 8 at 7pm at 3S Artspace. To get tickets and learn more, give a listen, and then go to https://www.3sarts.org/