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A Storytelling Funnel

     This image of a funnel the kind you might have in the kitchen at canning time, or in the garage with a can of lawn mower gas. It is open and wide on one end for receiving, focused and narrow on the other end to push  through the contents.

     I am a funnel for storytelling news and all of us in the business should be. To grow storytelling we need to focus our…


Posted on February 12, 2014 at 11:13pm — 3 Comments

As Ships At Sea

As Ships At Sea

Raising children is a precarious business. I have found great challenges in the everyday and amazement in their far reaching capacity. Always teetering the scales of life, whirlwinds come to batter and we attempt to keep the scale balanced by adding to the other side. Education, arts, athletics, family, travel, on we heap the good seeking balance and elusive peace.

I have been thinking of the peace and balance and my thoughts crossed over to my recent reading of… Continue

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 7:30am

Storytelling is Like Play-Doh

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Storytelling Is Like Play-Doh

I have made my weekly trip to the library and carted home another bag of storybooks. Always in search of new material or different views of presenting old classics I pour through the children’s section savoring memories and new treasures. Twice a year our library holds a benefit book sale and towns people donate books from their collections and a garage fills. Come the appointed weekends it… Continue

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 12:43pm — 1 Comment

Sky Racers

Sky Racers 5/9/09 Carolyn Stearns

I went out walking tonight as one storm was chased from the sky on the steeds of another. I paused at the gate to the meadow and watched. There across the western horizon monstrous black clouds mounted and with their golden rims sparkling, went skittering northeast as if in the great derby itself. The rest of the sky presented a fanfare to the riderless clouds and mounted great banners across the deepening blue. These Cirrus clouds waved uneven yet… Continue

Posted on May 9, 2009 at 7:48pm — 1 Comment

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At 4:14pm on September 3, 2012, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

Your photos of Libby Franck as Julia Ward Howe and the Mark Twain house (I remember hearing how it led to his speaking performances) and had two wishes: to be there and the Latest Activity showed MORE!  Hope people click the MORE to see anything they miss.

At 8:07pm on April 11, 2011, Robin E. Kitson said…
So sorry I didn't get to go. I am just back from Florida where I lost my voice and started a coughing campaign to win an Olympic medal in sport. Call me if you can my number is 919 342 5991 while I may have to whisper I would love to hear more about the meeting and how you are doing with telling where you come from.
At 8:41pm on May 31, 2009, Carolyn Stearns said…
OK I have always wanted to own a chuck wagon and one of you already does! Love to ask about it, I saw it on the opening slide show. I can share info on my milk wagons if you will tell about the chuck wagon. The dutch oven bisuits looked good from here!
At 5:43pm on May 31, 2009, Dale Jarvis said…
Thank you very much!
At 12:58pm on May 10, 2009, Glenda Bonin said…
Dear Carolyn,

I'm sorry to hear you have been going through such a difficult period. Congratulations on finding your way through and taking the time to be there for your family.

The pictures you have posted on your page are great. Have you ventured into Chautauqua performances with your historic characters, or are you providing a variety of stories about the Civil War era? I have been developing an interest in historic tales, but so far have not settled on a specific theme, character or approach.

Like you, I sometimes use puppetry during my library and school shows.

Keep on keepin' on!

Best wishes,
At 7:44am on April 24, 2009, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Hello Carolyn

I had a look at your website and saw that you were telling tales from the 18th and 19th centuries. But then again we storytellers grow new corn from old fields. We shape the older stories to suit our times so I bet anything you like that our tales aren't that different. Good luck with this new venture Carolyn...
At 9:23pm on January 17, 2009, Pam Holcomb said…
Hi Carolyn:

I've been asked to tell some Civil War stories to a school group in early Feb. as a part of a program they are doing - any suggestions on some good stories to share???

At 8:50pm on October 8, 2008, Pam Holcomb said…
Hi Carolyn:

I sure do enjoy reading your blogs. I look foward to becoming PS friends with you!

Take care,
At 12:47pm on September 4, 2008, Sylvia Payne said…
Hi Carolyn, Unfortunately Chapel Hill is over a 3 hour drive from my town. Ron Jones who is here on Professional Storyteller lives in Durham so you may want to get in touch with him. I hope that your daughter is enjoying the area.

Also check with Claire Ramsey (on Professional Storyteller) who is in Wake Forest. That isn't too far away from Chapel Hill.

Hopefully we will "talk" again.
At 11:51am on August 25, 2008, Katye Jordan said…
Thanks Carolyn! Well, I am still new to learning about the Civil War (even though it's an extremely important part of our history!) but it is something I have long wanted to know more about. I sometimes hike on Kennesaw Mountain where one of the battles was fought (forgot which one) . I guess I'm mostly interested in how the Civil war shaped our culture and society. I'd like to study it's affect on our identity as southerners and maybe develop some stories based on my findings :) Let's keep in touch!



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