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David Stone
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  • Oak Park, MI
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Any Good Penguin Stories?

Hello- I am new to this...Penguins are my favorite animal. So, I thought, I should have a collection of "Penguin Stories" to tell. So, I am wondering: does anyone have any good penguin tales? Continue

Started Mar 16, 2014

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Professional Storyteller is a network for people who work in the field of oral storytelling. Please write a brief paragraph about your work.
I am a professional educator and maggid. I am drawn to stories from Asian countries. While I enjoy the folk-tales of Asia in general, I am drawn to those of China, and of the Asian trickster "Monkey King". My website is under construction.

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Any Penguin Stories Out There?

Hello- Penguins are my favorite animals. So, I thought: I should build a collection of "Penguin Stories" ! Does anyone tell a really good penguin tale? 


Posted on March 16, 2014 at 11:26am — 2 Comments

Books I Am Reading

Hello- I just finished Ji-Ji Jiang's book "The Magical Monkey". I love the subtitle: mischief in heaven. I have ordered Waley's version from a local library. I hope to get a chance to tell these wonderful stories!

    Also, I am reading a sci-fi novel by Mark Lawrence' called: "The King of Thorns" . It is the second book in his Broken Empire series.

    I would like to thank all of you who are helping me to develop as a storyteller. I won't List names because I might leave…


Posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:48pm

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At 12:45pm on February 26, 2014, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

Yes, D.P.L. has it although I was surprised to see their books don't show up in the statewide Melcat.  I was also surprised that Melcat only lists it in university and college libraries.  If you go to your Oak Park library, they should loan it from Pontiac.  Monkey is mainly the graphic novels in the local library cooperative catalog, but Pontiac has the Waley translation.  I'm betting you'll want a copy to own and there should be lots of used copies online.

I'll send Michael a message asking where he is these days.

Lovers of the Monkey King unite!

At 11:11am on February 26, 2014, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

Hey David, what do you think of the Arthur Waley version?  It was the old traditional intro to Monkey, but I wonder if you think it's lacking anything?

BTW I'm not sure if he's still in the area, but I know a Filipino-American who is in our area and enjoys telling Monkey, too.  If you like, I could probably get the 2 of you in touch with each other.  Michael was also living in Oak Park.  My only reason to hesitate is he was more geared towards film writing and may have left with the way our movie industry became less "industrious" thanks to The Nerd.

If you and Michael don't already know each other and you're interested, I'd contact him.

At 4:50pm on February 24, 2014, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

Love the Monkey King!  Welcome, David, and you're also here in the metro Detroit area!

By all means if I can help you with anything related to storytelling in Michigan, or here, too, please be sure to let me know.  Do you know about MI Story, our state's email storytelling newsletter?  You can subscribe to it, or, if you only want to check what's happening occasionally, you can go to Michigan, which posts the newsletter monthly along with contact information on the various groups here in Michigan and a bit more, including a bulletin board where any last minute information that may have missed the newsletter's deadline.

Looking beyond our own state, this is a great international network with sub-groups that each have a specialized focus you may want to explore.  All groups are open for viewing, but joining lets you show your interest and also speak there to ask questions or make comments.  We also have the Forum for general discussions open to all.

Among the things you now can do here as a member, on your personal page you may blog, post photos and videos, and you can also let us know of any storytelling events you may want to let people know about.  We have several Michigan members and there also are nearby events here in the Great Lakes area, including the Northlands Storytelling Network conference that's fast approaching at the end of April. 

I look forward to meeting you sometime soon!




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