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Storyteller Joe Paris
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  • Lafayette, Louisiana (Acadiana)
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All Saints Day

Once upon a time, Halloween & All Saints Day weren't just about costumes and parties and candy; they were about sweetly told family stories.

I am an Acadian ('Cajun,' or South Louisiana French American) by blood, earth , and disposition - my ancestors were Acadians, I was born within the culture, and I am blessed with a "joie de vie" personality. In my Cajun culture of South Louisiana (and many other cultures around the world, I have learned), late afternoon on 'All Hallow's Eve'…


Posted on November 1, 2018 at 3:48pm

Graduates, Tell Your Story !

Graduates, Tell Your Story

By: Storyteller Joe Paris

Author’s note: This article expands on the usual meaning of "Storytelling" and moves that term out into the mainstream of life, as it should be.

As graduates everywhere take their first steps out into their brave new worlds this Spring and Summer, I am reminded of what my Grandma Lillian always said:

"Telling your story in the world is very important, and to tell your story most effectively, you must… Continue

Posted on May 31, 2009 at 1:43pm

Old Cajun Year-end Toast

Dear Fellow StoryLovers

This time at the end of the year

is often accompanied by

a reflective look back AND

a hopeful look forward.

One year is dying

and another is about to be born.

To honor this time passage,

Here's an Old Cajun Toast

I heard from my Great Uncle Mose one year :

May your coffin

Be made of the finest wood

From Century-old Cypress trees

That I shall plant


Posted on December 25, 2008 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

Cook Vs Chef

Especially at this time of year, we need to be reminded of what matters most. This op-ed piece, in the New York Times, gets right to the essence of what it means to cook for those you love.


- Joe Paris

New York Times op-ed piece on "Cooks vs Chefs"

Posted on November 29, 2008 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Learn to say 'no.'

There is a time to say 'no'

As storytellers, we must learn how to say "no."

Now I realize that this point of view goes against the grain of most of us. We are promoters, givers, sharers, keepers of the flame that stories represent in our and every culture.

But after having told for several decades, I am convinced that one telltale sign of a veteran, quality teller is knowing when to say "no."

To wit:

1. When you become so busy… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 3:44pm — 5 Comments

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At 8:38pm on April 8, 2009, Marisa Keegan said…
Hi Joe,

Thanks for touching base! I look forward to having our paths cross in the future.
At 9:12pm on December 5, 2008, Mary Margaret OConnor said…
Thanks - this looks fun! I may just have to give it a lash one of these days!
Mary Margaret
At 12:30am on December 1, 2008, Mike Lockett said…
Glad to accept the invite. Hope to get to know you in person and catch a few Cajun stories. Best to you. Mike Lockett
At 9:39am on November 3, 2008, Pam Holcomb said…

I absolutely love your one-sentence stories! What a gift you have. Thanks for sharing, and please keep it up.

At 11:21am on October 10, 2008, Bobbie Kinkead said…
WOW! GREAT! you are professional. Sure add me to the long list of friends you have. Can only learn more about the art of storytelling. THANKS!
At 9:36am on October 2, 2008, Octavia Sexton said…
Hey Joe,
I am honored to be your friend. I loved reading about you. I have a very dear friend, Phyllis Free who's father introduced me to the love of cajun stories. He passed away this year at the young age of 93.
I love the dialect, the stories, the music, the history and of course - the food!!
At 11:12pm on September 28, 2008, Holly Robison said…
Thanks for being my friend! I enjoyed reading your page. You seem to have a great understanding of the power of stories!
At 8:26am on September 25, 2008, Emma Alexander Arthur said…
Hello Joe, I look forward to hearing your Acadian tune. I'm not very familiar with Cajun music. Have you heard the other tune on my website? It's called 'Highland Storm' - totally different from 'Celtic Nights'. As the name suggests it's very stormy. When I hear it, I think of the wild Scottish highlands with kilted Scottish warriers charging with swords flying in the air. Let me know what you think.
At 11:05am on September 22, 2008, Storyteller Joe Paris said…
My beloved grandmother Lillian once told me ( lucky for me, she lived next door to me as I was growing up )

"To love life, love many things."

I believed her, and that point of view has made my life immeasurably better in almost every way, from "attitude to altitude" as she used to say.

Thank You for commenting !
At 10:53am on September 22, 2008, Marjorie Shaefer - a.k.a. - Mother Goose said…
Hi Joe,
You have a love of the whole wide world, Don't You?
I love the fall, when not only car windows, but all house windlws can be open comfortably, and the trees show their most beautiful colors.



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