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At 8:59pm on August 13, 2009, Kelvin Saxton said…
Thanks Penny, and thanks too for the links. Next trip down I'll check the schedules.

At 6:44pm on August 13, 2009, Kelvin Saxton said…
Hi Penny,

Thanks for the welcome. Yes I do get down to Portland. I have family there. Is there an active storytelling/listening community in Portland?

At 7:48am on July 10, 2008, Glenda Bonin said…
Hi Again, Penny!

I love your site. Your pictures are great, and it is obvious that you are doing what you love to do. Congratulations!

I discovered that there was an "s" missing in the link to my website on my page. I probably would not have known about it if it had not been for your message. Thank you so much!

At 8:52pm on July 8, 2008, Glenda Bonin said…
Hi Penny!

Sorry you could not get through to my website. I hope it was just a temporary "glitch" and the link will be working soon. In the meantime, please try to go to it directly:

If you can't get the site, please let me know. I have someone working on it to do some updates, but I don't think she has started the process yet.

This week I am working every day at Arts for All, a wonderful organization here in Tucson for special needs kids. I'm having a great time, and the summer campers range in age from 5 to 17. Best of all, this organization stresses art and involves the kids in creative activities at every level. It is a joy to be in this atmosphere!

I am not what one would call a puppeteer in the pure sense as I do not work with a stage. I never do a show without a puppet, however, as I consider them my "partners." Long ago, I used stages, props, etc. but got away from all that as my storytelling developed. Now, I am a storyteller who uses puppets and a bit of magic in my shows (the magic comes from a time when I was a clown - another life - and I needed magic as part of my act). So there you are.

I grew up in Portland and often dream about coming back, particularly when the temperatures here in Tucson stay above 100 for days and days. . . .

Enjoy the green!
Best wishes,
At 10:40am on May 23, 2008, Helen M. Trencher said…
Yes, Penny, it is incredible (and somewhat overwhelming) the amount and extent of the talent represented here...It provides a hope and a motivation that, when the timing is right, I too will be able to not only make a living, but make a life, out of my artistic expression.
At 5:56pm on May 21, 2008, Helen M. Trencher said…

What is so great about the Professional Storyteller network is how much talent is out "there"! Thank you so much for your comment on my introductory vid. I think it's great that your focus and passion is puppetry.
At 5:09am on May 17, 2008, Steve Evans said…
Hi Penny. Thanks for your encouraging words, and thanks for joining Applied Storytelling! I really look forward to your active participation! Best wishes to you! STEVE
At 2:28pm on May 16, 2008, Anastasia Ortenzio said…
Thanks for the add. I enjoy having storyteller-friends over the ocean... even if our languages are different ... stories can fly... I enjoyed looking your photographs
At 12:35pm on May 10, 2008, Giles Abbott said…
that'd be something, wouldn't it? i just got this feedback from a day long workshop i did for storytellers -
"I attended Giles Abbott's voice workshop 'The Storyteller's Voice' on
Saturday and just wanted to say how fabulous it was and to thank you
so much. In the past, my 'work life' has incorporated training in
different aspects of communications and, as such, I have participated
in a number of courses, including some voice work. I must say how
impressed I was with this workshop. Giles is a supremely proficient
facilitator who is obviously a master of his craft. He guided us
seamlessly through the exercises and helped everyone explore their
voices in a fun and sensitive way."

there must be festivals who could use me as a teller and trainer, but i don't know of them. anyone you think i should approach? Giles ;{~
At 6:01am on May 10, 2008, Giles Abbott said…
thank you Penny! i'd love to come to the States, but so far nobody has asked me! & i appreciate your kind remarks about my voice. it's the tool of our trade, isn't it? i'm a qualified voice teacher. I did a workshop for storytellers last weekend which culminated in teaching techniques for creating character voices - such fun!. I know some brilliant tellers who don't use character voice at all, but I love it!



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