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Started this discussion. Last reply by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Mar 29, 2008.

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Apr 6, 2010
Jay Stailey left a comment for Michael Wright
"Michael, Nice to connect here. Are you in Wilmington now? What drew you to the storytelling? I am one of the 25 returning storytellers next weekend at the 25th anniversary edition of the Tejas Storytelling Festival. I will be telling at three…"
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Jay Stailey commented on Mary Grace Ketner's event 25th Anniversary Texas Storytelling Festival / A Sterling Event
"Am looking forward to hearing great stories and hanging out with wonderful tellers."
Aug 12, 2009
Jay Stailey is attending Mary Grace Ketner's event

25th Anniversary Texas Storytelling Festival / A Sterling Event at Denton Civic Center

March 11, 2010 at 7pm to March 14, 2010 at 12pm
It's all Tejas all the time, featuring 25 Tejas Tellers for the 25th! We're bringin' em all back home: Jeannine Pasini Beekman, DeCee Cornish, Elizabeth Ellis, Tom McDermott, Gayle Ross, Barbara McBride Smith, Tim Tingle, Jay Stailey, Shelly Tucker, Sheila Phillips, Linda Befeld, Eldrena Douma...and the list keeps growing! Check the website for more info:
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"Hey Jay!"
May 3, 2009

Storyteller and Educator Jay Stailey

Author of "Think Rather of Zebra: Dealing with Aspects of P0verty through Story" and "Short Tales, Tall Tales, and Tales of Medium Stature", Jay Stailey was a early member of the Houston Storytellers Guild and board member of the National Storytelling Association for 6 years in the mid-nineties. For a decade he taught "Storytelling in Education" courses as part of the University of Houston/Clear Lake undergraduate program in education, and currently works as an adjunct at the University of Houston Downtown teaching a course in "The Culture of Urban Education." Jay has appeared as a regional teller at the National Storytelling Festival, and a feature teller at Winter Tales in Oklahoma City, the Tejas Festival in Denton, Texas and several other regional storytelling festivals. He is two time winner of the Greater Houston Area Liars Contest. He has traveled and collected stories on four continents.

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At 4:02pm on May 3, 2009, Margaret Read MacDonald said…
Hey Jay!
At 4:18pm on May 3, 2008, Ramona King said…

I'm in New Mexico and loving it...though this sometimes feels like a long pit stop. Kind of missing my family on the east coast. Met some really neat people here. I miss Houston. I'd like to come out and visit sometime soon. All the children are teenagers now. Wow! I'm sending one off to college. The other child follows next year. Doing some theater work and writing. I put on my first one-woman-show, Maternal Dreamer at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in March. All is well here in the desert. RK
At 9:34am on May 3, 2008, Ramona King said…
Greetings Jay,

Cool, glad to see you've taken the freedom jump in your storytelling career. 7 or 8 years ago I was just leaving Houston to come to Albuquerque. I've been out of touch. Recently, I called and left a message for James Ford but I don't think he remembers me from the guild. So much happens in such a short time. We all move on and continue our life's call. It can be easy for many of us to lose memory of faces and a few experiences. I'm really grateful to Dianne for making this possible for all of us. I look forward to staying connected. Have you or anybody heard from Jeanine Pasini Beekman? I've lost all of her contact information and was hoping to find her on the site.

At 11:12am on April 2, 2008, Kevin Cordi said…
Jay, It is great to hear from you. I was recently at the NCTEAR and someone you work with was singing praises. I joined in the concert. I am glad to hear you are fa ellow Buckeye, I am working with the kids, but now on a national level. However, I also was married in October and hope to finish my doctorate work by December. We should share soon! From one Buckeye to another. Because of you I had the joy of the Fulbright program, for this and much more, thank you,
sending all my best,
check out for fun and let me know what you think.
At 5:02pm on March 30, 2008, Scott Hill Bumgardner said…
Howdy Jay
Good to see you are getting out and about. I look forward to our next chance to share a stage. Sorry to hear it will not be this Sat..
See Ya / Scott
At 5:02pm on March 30, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
I love that title... "short tales, tall tales and tales of medium stature" I think I need to track that book down and buy it. Glad you are here and I hope you are well. You will just love this site... I think you will anyway. Lots of good groups and discussions.. some fun too in the Video Section and some people have auido files uploaded on their pages... we have a lot of great tellers here.

welcome again

At 10:11am on March 30, 2008, Judy Sima said…
Hi Jay

I haven't seen or hear of you in years. How are you doing? Are you still a principal or have you joined the ranks of us happily retired educators? Hope to see you at the National Conference in Gatlinburg
At 4:26pm on March 28, 2008, Tom Taylor said…

Familiar w/ Temple/Belton on I-35? That's our territory.

Don't think we've crossed paths, but I've been wrong before, so don't listen to me - but I have known OF you for a good long while.

Re: Farewell stories - I've done such for years, create an original tale (in verse - either as song or poem, or simply told as a tale). No one else ever told it, no one else ever heard it. It is, in the literal sense, unique - one of a kind.

Your responsibility is simply to supply me w/ the info...names, dates, places, events, etc.

References upon request.

Fee: for you, at your retirement - none.

Require minimum of 12 hours notice....

For what it's worth -


At 10:41am on March 28, 2008, Mike Lockett said…
Welcome to another former educator! 21 years in elementary ed. for me, 10 years in the central office as a Director of Title I and Summer Programs (and lots of grant writing) and 2 years as a principal of a challenging alternative high school. Retirement and storytelling is a great way to spend one's time after that. I KNOW you understand how I feel.

Glad to see your bio on this site. I spent so much time speaking at educational meetings, in schools and at conferences that I never got to travel in the storytelling circles until going full-time with my telling two years ago. It is a pleasure to meet and learn from other tellers. I hope I get the pleasure to meet you in person some day. Best to you.

Mike Lockett (the storyteller from Normal, Illinois who goes by the monicre "The Normal Storyteller")
At 10:26am on March 28, 2008, Sean Buvala said…
It's actually been more like 10 years. Good to see you!



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