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in the beginning... or "How I got into all of this storytelling stuff?"

I started teaching in 1973. For my birthday in 1974 a friend of mine gave me a guitar. I knew some basic chords that I had learned when I was a teenager and this new guitar inspired me to sing folksongs and incorporate them into my teaching.

Granted the students (6th graders) that I was teaching were not going to be impressed with the Kingston Trio’s “Tom Dooley”, but they did get into songs like “This Land is Your Land”, “The Titanic”, “Ballad of Jesse…

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 12:20pm — 1 Comment

To tell or not to tell? - that is the question

I recently was preparing for a storytelling concert in which the theme was kindness and Bucket Filling. For those of you that don’t know what Bucket Filling is, it is based on a book by Carol McCloud, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? To fill a bucket one does things that makes others feel good about themselves. It can be anything from complimenting them to… Continue

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 9:17pm

Finding New Material

In searching out new story material for my performances I came across a great collection of stories. The stories are in the book Le cercle des menteurs: Contes philosophiques du monde entire by Jean-Claude Carriére. My difficulty as you can see is that the book is written in French. The English translation of the title is: The Circle of Liars: Philosophical tales from the entire world. There is also a Spanish translation of the book. Of course I neither read nor speak either… Continue

Posted on August 8, 2009 at 10:14pm

New Story - Rich man, Poor man

This is an extended story I wrote based on a translated story from the book:

Le Cercle Des Menteurs Contes Philosophi (The Circle of Liars, philosophical tales from around the world) by Jean Claude Carriére

Once upon a time there was a beautiful city on the outskirts of a great forest. In the city lived an extremely rich man and an extremely poor man. Each had a son; by chance, the two young men had been born on the same day in the same year.

If I told you that… Continue

Posted on July 14, 2009 at 11:30am

Using Quotes

I was preparing to perform at an elementary school the other day when I noticed in my equipment bag an old blank journal that someone had given me on my retirement from teaching. Since the PTA organizer was there with me and was planning on staying through my performance I asked her if she wouldn’t mind writing in the book, her impressions of my performance. I also asked the Physical Education teacher who’s gym I was borrowing to do the same. Both gladly said that they would.

My… Continue

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 1:46pm — 5 Comments

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At 8:02am on August 16, 2009, Uschi Erlewein said…
Hi Harvey, first of all I apologize for writing automatically "harvest" instead of harvey in my last comment!
Wertheim is not far from here 1 hour by car, about 100 if you come to Germany drop a note! And plan to have more time, there is much to see and discover!
It was nice meeting you here.
At 12:36pm on August 12, 2009, Uschi Erlewein said…
Hi harvest, regards from Heilbronn/Germany to Heilbrun...did your family originally come from Heilbronn?
At 5:13am on July 20, 2009, Marilyn A. Hudson - Storyteller said…
Hi Harvey! Glad you liked the t-shirt post. I -and friends - have several designs by Fresh Eire Design and have been delighted with each one! They are done by a freelance graphic artist who posts them on CafePress.
At 3:18am on April 25, 2009, Coralia Rodríguez said…
Hello Harvey! Sorry, my english is very poor, but I will try:
This is a very short story, but if you want to read the original version you may read the book called "The Lyer's Cercle" or something like that, by Jean Claude Carrière, France.
I don't know if this book is already translated in English, but I hope so for you. It's fantastic!
Thank you for your comment and best regards, bye.
At 11:02pm on December 17, 2008, Carolyn Stearns said…
Hi Harvey, were pretty close I am in the Quiet Corner of Ct. but actually have never been to Long Island. I have freinds there though from another club the Cowboy Mounted Shooters I mentioned in posts in the Animal group. They have sea worthy horses who make the trip over on the ferry for al lthe competitions! I live on a large dairy and we have a dozen horses as my son competes and my daughter is a trainer plus I work in Animal rescue. I sing as well but havent written anything. I also substitute teach at the high school level but am on a hiatus this year to keep away from germs for some ill family members. Lots in common!
At 11:35am on March 20, 2008, Bill Harley said…
HI Harvey,
My advice is to not worry about someone else performing your song, as long as they let you know they’re singing it and they give credit that you wrote it. Of course, no one has legal right to record your song until after you record it. You should look into performance rights organizations (BMI or ASCAP – go to their websites) and I don’t really have recommendations on that. I always figure it’s an honor to have someone else sing one of my songs. I sometimes offer songs to singers I think would do them well, although other singers are pretty careful about what they choose to sing. So, my philosophy is – A song is to be sung – the more the better. Just register the songs with copyright office and get performance rights organizations on board (which I don’t usually do until I record them) and worry about something else. Hope this helps and that our paths will cross down the road!
At 5:03pm on February 22, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
welcome you are going to love this place
At 11:39pm on February 20, 2008, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…

Welcome to Professional Storyteller! I actually type your name quite often because I live in Harvey, Louisiana! Glad you joined the site and that you joined the Storytelling in Ed group too. I look forward to getting to know you.

Dianne de Las Casas
Founder of Professional Storyteller
At 9:03pm on February 20, 2008, Tom Taylor said…
Yes, I have enjoyed Eric's programming - he's providing a great service to storytellers, much as Buck provided a service to you in sharing this site - glad he spoke up, glad you were listening -

At 7:46pm on February 20, 2008, Tom Taylor said…
Welcome, Harvey -

Yet another retired teacher! (I'm a Texas retired high school teacher, also do some writing - examples on my page here).

You're gonna love this site - you'll meet lots of remarkable folks, learn a lot, and, I trust, contribute a lot.

Awfully glad you've joined us - how did you learn of the site?

Best wishes,

Tom Taylor



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