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Posted on March 31, 2008 at 11:32pm — 4 Comments

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At 4:09pm on May 10, 2009, Harlynne Geisler said…
Hi, B.Z.! Hope life is treating you well. It's been so long since I saw you.

At 8:19am on August 4, 2008, Rob McCabe said…
Hi B.Z.

Sorry it took so long to get back in touch with your initial posting for OUT Stories. If you like, please give your LGBT friends the email address for the ning and I'll invite them for a dialogue.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Rob McCabe
At 5:13am on June 26, 2008, Jonatha Wright said…
BZ, I LOVE the signature photo of your wonderfully expressive hands! What a great idea. Jonatha
At 1:12pm on April 26, 2008, Elaine Stanley said…
Hi BZ...just found this site yesterday! Am just learning how to navagate it! How are you and Cynthia doing? haven't seey you in a while. Will you be coming down to the Bay Area for our Festival on May 17&18th this year? Hope to see ya' soon. LIFE IS GOOD!!! Hope to see ya' soon...Good...Stories...Elaine
At 10:29pm on April 2, 2008, Harlynne Geisler said…
If you can help this teacher, just email her directly.

Story Bag Harlynne Geisler

Here's what I need:

For 7th grade:
1) an engaging, wonderful collection of folktales and myths, too, from
the Middle East, China, Japan, Africa, and the Mayan world. I remember
you gave out some titles the day you presented. This would have to be
something that kids would buy on their own, so it can't be over
expensive--unless, maybe, the collection is so good and covers so much, I
could get the school to buy a class set, and have the kids just use it in
class. Do you have an idea? If not a text that includes all of
that--maybe two good paperbacks that do?

2) an engaging, accessible novel that takes place in the Middle Ages--we
used The Door in the Wall and A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver--the
second really doesn't match the historical period (and that's SDJA's
philosophy for English).

3) a book of terrific contemporary short stories suitable for 7th
graders. And another for 9th graders? I have individual stories I could
photocopy, but you might know of a collection.

Thanks for all,
At 10:52pm on March 25, 2008, B.Z. Smith said…
Thanks for the warm welcome! I'll check out the forums.

As for the delayed CD--well, welcome to LIFE! Dear, sweet Dr. Arne Nixon, children's lit prof of Cal-State Fresno (who passed on some years ago) presented to folks at a Cal-Lit conference in the early 1980's. He spoke about living a LIFE so that one can "gather the flowers of life's bouquet." It is those bumps, bruises and blissful blinks that let us capture the words, images, nuances of our tales. This same sentiment is the essential message of Ruth Sawyer's "Way of the Storyteller"---a must read for all tellers.

"JUST DO IT"--as Nike used to say.
At 9:38pm on March 25, 2008, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…

Hi girl! Welcome to Professional Storyteller. Glad to see you here. Where is your other half? Is she joining too or did I miss her. I think you'll enjoy the site. Be sure to poke around a bit and explore the different forums and groups we have going. You may want to join the "It Takes Two - Tandem Telling" group by MyLinda Butterworth. It's all about community here - we're one fabulous online quilt of storytellers! Best wishes always!

Dianne de Las Casas
Founder of Professional Storyteller
At 9:30pm on March 25, 2008, Tom Taylor said…
Hello and Welcome, B.Z. Smith!

First: If I had a CD that earned the praises yours did, I don't believe I'd wait 8 years to produce the second one....(I'm sure there's a reason, but it just doesn't come to me at the moment)

You're doing 'the right thing,' - you the proud bearer of an awesome 30-year career both telling and writing stories -now passing on to the Nex-Gen tidbits of your sage counsel and, good for you, and good for them!

And, excuse me, but what is the name of your award-winning CD?

This site is awesome in its usefulness and helpfulness. Check it all out, if you have questions, see the FAQ Group, or holler at me - one way or another we'll find a/the way to fix the problem and/or to answer the question. You'll have a ball!

Best wishes for continued success, a relatively pain-free remaining labor and delivery, and a great time on this site.
Glad you're here and, again, Welcome!




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