Story

“Consequences of the Raid,” written by Cecilia Salazar, is a story that takes place on a dairy farm in Northwest Iowa. It conveys the experiences of the farm’s hardworking immigrant employees like Claudia, her husband, Armando, and their family members and friends. It especially focuses on the horrifying day that the Immigration officer came to the farm to arrest and deport Felipe.

The story is true and is based on a raid that took place in Northwest Iowa in the winter of 2008. The names of the people it depicts have been changed. What follows is an adapted excerpt.

“Consequences of the Raid,” written by Cecilia Salazar, is a story that takes place on a dairy farm in Northwest Iowa. It conveys the experiences of the farm’s hardworking immigrant employees like Claudia, her husband, Armando, and their family members and friends. It especially focuses on the horrifying day that the Immigration officer came to the farm to arrest and deport Felipe.

The story is true and is based on a raid that took place in Northwest Iowa in the winter of 2008. The names of the people it depicts have been changed. What follows is an adapted excerpt.

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

People I know have tipi rings on their South Dakota ranch, circles of stones visible only in summer, and then, only when cattle keep the grass down. But they're there, broad circles of half-submerged stones that mark the spots where, years ago our indigenous ancestors pitched tents, footprints of a different time.

Ode: Sara Culley Survives

Jul 20, 2016

My first experience with travel was from Florence Crittenton to a foster home in November of 1959. Within a few months, I moved to a cattle ranch in western Kansas with my new family, a mom and a dad and a big brother, two years older than me. My brother was adopted as well – from outer space. I loved my life on the ranch. I had cats and dogs and my pony Sugar Lump. My animals were my closest friends.

 

Ode: Ryan Allen reads "Shanghai Portland"

Jul 13, 2016
Ally Karsyn

I could have known the instant I saw the eleven foot woman in a pink kimono, cherry red rouge, and dirty-blonde frizzed wig that my ringing in of the new 2008 year would be remarkable.  Could have seen it coming if I’d only watched for it, if only I’d read the website I’d of seen it: the promise of “live painters, stilters, hoopers, costumed fiends, balloons, dragons, and YOU!”  Could have known it was special because we had to take a bus to get here—to a hidden, tucked away in the corner kind of place where cars and feet can’t get you.  Should’ve just looked skyward toward the marquee:

Ode: Ryan Allen "Living on the Edge"

May 25, 2016

LIVING ON THE EDGE

   I’ve lived in many places in my life.   I’ve wandered, I’ve been lost. I’ve searched for things and people I didn’t even know I was looking for.

   I spy through a camera. The world is mad. I try but can’t find any sense. I turn the lens inward and I get even more confused. Where am I supposed to go? How am I supposed to be? I can’t seem to find my place. I’m in-between worlds: between clarity and madness, between being a father and being a son, between a prairie of wild grass and a forest of planted trees.

Ode: Ally Karsyn

Mar 23, 2016
Ally Karsyn

In the middle of the night, I was on my knees, staring into a scummy toilet, wishing I could purge the poison from my body and wondering when was the last time I cleaned the bathroom floor.

This all started a week earlier. I went to go see my doctor for a routine visit while I had some time off of work. On this day, I was running late, a truck on I-29 threw a big rock at my windshield, and once again, I was tired. So when the doctor asked me how I was feeling, I answered by bursting into tears.

Donna Brooks
Ally Karsyn

You went down on August 26—my 29th birthday. That’s what the doctors and nurses kept calling it, anyway. It didn’t take long for me to understand that this is one of many ambiguous terms medical practitioners use to speak without saying anything.

Ode: Four little words

Mar 9, 2016
John Paul Engel
Ally Karsyn

What would you say if I told you four little words that could change your life? 

Ode Storytelling

Journalist Ally Karsyn founded Ode, a live storytelling series. Compelled by her love of telling stories and a transformative experience at a live storytelling event some 4 years ago, Ally has taken up the seemingly unfathomable burden of producing, managing, and, well, everything that comes with running such a project. This is testament to her love, and it is our good fortune.