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Mylinda Butterworth
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Grandma and Myndy

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Grandma and Myndy are a tandem storytelling team located in Maryland.

Grandma & Myndy is a mother/daughter storytelling team. Their storytelling adventure together began just a few years ago, but being family made it easy.

Grandma (Linda Day), as she is known in the schools, seems like she should be the straight-laced grandma type ... but you would be wrong. She has been known to play a very mean troll who tries to eat poor little billy goat legs and at times has even been seen falling on the floor. But give her a piece of paper and a pair of scissors and she will create art right before your eyes. It's magic or at least that is what the kids think as she unfolds the paper to reveal dragons, butterflies, billy goats and the such.

Her daughter, MyLinda Butterworth ( who is often called Myndy because her first name is hard for most kids to say) loves to start a school session by warming up her lips with a good tongue twister and challenging the kids to say it with her. MyLinda first stood in the spotlight at the tender age of 8 months and her mother has not been able to drag her off the stage yet. Yet all those years of theatre come in handy when she creates different voices for characters or actually acts her age, but is that possible in a short skirt, pantaloons and pony tails? All in all when these two get together to tell stories, just happens.

Both tellers are award winning authors. Linda's book Grandma's Magic Scissors has won four national and state awards and with her daughter MyLinda they wrote Frogazoom. MyLinda's book The Monster Run is an iParenting Media Award winner and For Health's Sake: A Cancer Survivor's Cookbook is a FPA President's Book Award winner. Her other book Just 24 Days till Christmas has been seen in Woman's Day magazine.

MyLinda has a degree in Theatre Education from Brigham Young University and is Masters Degree in Storytelling from ETSU. While living in Arizona she owned her own theatre company, S.R.O. Theatre Troupe. When she is not chasing two children she is a publisher/book designer for Day to Day Enterprises.

Linda is a mother of eight, grandma of twenty-three and great-grandma of eleven.

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The Scarlet 'C' — also know as My Finest Hour

MyLinda Butterworth will be presenting The Scarlet 'C' in coordination with Florida StoryCamps', Coming Home to Healing Pre-camp Concert. Elizabeth Ellis and Diane Rooks will be performing at 7 PM, followed by MyLinda at 8 PM. During this performance MyLinda will take you on her journey through cancer and show you how that Scarlet 'C' has changed her life forever. This performance fulfills the "My Finest Hour" requirements for a Masters Degree… Continue

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 2:18pm

Help! I am stuck and need some song & story suggestions-posted by MyLinda Butterworth

The Scarlet 'C' is the working name of my presentation for my finest hour (advanced storytelling). My concept is to look at things that begin with the letter 'C' that will take me through my journey of cancer. Obviously my cancer story is at the core of my program, but cancer goes beyond finding out you have it and heading for the cure. It looks at caregiving, caring, comfort, companionship, comedy, community... that is the journey I am going to take you on. I really don't want… Continue

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 10:04pm — 2 Comments

Enjoy the Season! A Story Poem for the Season

I just posted a Christmas Card for all of you that I hope you will enjoy. You have all given me so much this year and I can only scratch the surface to pay you back. Sometimes I ponder the reason for the season and inspiration will perk my brain and a story or poetry will come forth like a bubbling fountain. Today let me share a piece I wrote several years ago which shares a bit of my soul with you.

Merry Christmas - Happy… Continue

Posted on December 24, 2008 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

Who Am I? How Do I Descibe Myself and My Art?

I just read an interesting blog by Kamal Sinclair called Professional Identity: Who Are You? and What Do You Do? (see below) It made me think about that question. I know who I am in my family, my marriage, my religion, my community and my neighborhood. I even know that I am a storyteller. But can I truthfully say that I can put who I am into the ten second elevator speech or even the 25 word buzz phrase.

As a storyteller I can tell stories that roll trippingly off the tongue with… Continue

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

StoryMasters at the Orlando Kid's Fringe Festival

Well we made it through our first adventure into the fringe. When we arrived on Saturday morning for our first show there was nobody around but vendors. Theresa the Fringe kid's wrangler said to just skip this performance, see a show and do the 12:30 performance. So we went to see fellow Florida storyteller Bernie O'Brien with his show in the green section of the fringe. He was funny as always and he was finished by Noon so we had enough time to… Continue

Posted on May 29, 2008 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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At 8:28pm on January 29, 2009, Jonatha Wright said…
Thanks for the address. I wish I could be at Florida camp too. I expect your new healing show will be excellent. I will look forward to hearing about your experience. I presume that you got all your work done, MyLinda, for your ETSU class. Have you completed the degree? You are a busy person. Jonatha
At 5:52pm on January 28, 2009, Jonatha Wright said…
Hi, just googled you to get your snail mail quick. Guess I'll have to look it up in my hard copy file. Soon I will have book proofs. Those will go out email. But you get a book for submitting an article. Hopefully, in April. Happy FL Storytelling Camp, March?

At 8:07pm on December 18, 2008, Jeff Gere said…
HA! Delighted to get a Storymaters Proposal!
Getting married the 28th, have Frenchys in the house and more on the way!
Thanks for the note- am running. Jeff
At 7:06pm on November 9, 2008, DavidAdewumi said…
Thanks a lot! Much appreciated.
At 6:50am on November 9, 2008, bill ranieri said…
Don't know much about the group but I can see you are very inviting. Happy to be here.
At 11:36pm on November 8, 2008, Ben Boomer said…
Thank you for your kindness. I look forward to learning.

At 10:55am on November 1, 2008, Bruce Hale said…
Thanks for the warm welcome, you two. I'm looking forward to connecting with the group.

Bruce Hale
At 6:58pm on October 29, 2008, Madafo Lloyd Wilson said…
Peace and Blessings...
Thanks for the comments. I look forward to seeing you and maybe working with you, in the near future.
At 11:52pm on October 20, 2008, Dana Ellis said…
Thanks for the warm welcome!
At 7:51pm on September 13, 2008, Rachel Hedman said…
Dear MyLinda:

Happy belated birthday!

I did think about you on September 11th so in some ways my wishing well for your big day was not belated!

On a side note, you may be happy that I officially emailed Dr. Sobol that I will turn in all my papers by September 30th. I have you to thank.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman



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