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Happiness is Monarch Butterfly Away

I caught one. Only one. But I did it. Became a member of the Teacher Monarch Network and they led the way. It was hard trying to find those critters, and after all that training, I was glad I found a fecund field. But only one in hundreds of milkweeds? Yeah, only one. I'm told the population was decimated by a hail storm in Mexico last winter.

I brought it to the classroom in DC with my homemade rearing cage the Network taught me to assemble. Our little caterpillar just today…


Posted on August 27, 2010 at 9:55pm

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At 12:29pm on December 7, 2012, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…


I just sent you a message, but then thought about my hope we can get together when this coming summer National Storytelling Network hosts its conference in Richmond.  Until then, prayers and virtual hugs to you and your family.

At 5:25pm on August 24, 2008, Katye Jordan said…
Of course! I would love to attend - send me a reminder when the time comes again :)
At 4:58pm on July 20, 2008, Susan Danoff said…
Dear Susan,
Do you have a regular email address? I wanted to send you an email --mine is I'm so glad you can come to Vermont.
Susan Danoff
At 8:47pm on June 3, 2008, Susan Danoff said…
Dear Susan,
I will send out the book and CD -- they are a gift. Enjoy. Also-my direct email is It would be lovely to see you in Vermont if you can make it. Thanks so much for getting in touch with me.
At 8:37am on June 3, 2008, Susan Danoff said…
Dear Susan,
Thanks for your note. Yes, I used to see Bill Danoff's name on sheet music occasionally and wondered who he was.

I did write "The Forgotten Gifts." Thank you so much for remembering it. You are certainly welcome to tell it, but I would appreciate it if you could credit me and let folks know that it is available in my book The Golden Thread:Storytelling in Teaching and Learning and on my CD. ( If you would like me to send you the book and CD let me know your address.

Did you know that Teresa Whitaker and I run a retreat for storytellers in Vermont? It runs from July 31 to August 3, and there's info on my website about it. Would you like to join us?

My sister lives in Potomac, MD which I think might be near you. I haven't been down there in a while but perhaps if I'm visiting her we could meet some time.

Thanks again for getting in touch.

Susan Danoff
At 7:32pm on May 6, 2008, Susan Danoff said…
Dear Susan,
Thank you for contacting me. I don't know either Bill or Joan Danoff, but I wish I did. There aren't very many Danoff's in the world that I know of. I grew up in Wilkes-Barre, PA where there are still a few Danoff's, and my sister Leslie Danoff lives in Potomac, MD.
At 5:38pm on April 7, 2008, Debi Richan said…
Hi Susan-- I haven't heard of the Mountain Women, but the story reminds me of a Dolly Parton song! Currently, I'm teaching a class about the Underground Railroad quilts at the quilt shop where I work. I know the whole subject is very controversial, but it's a good beginnning quilting class, teaches good techniques, and allows me to tell stories too. I am telling everyone there is a real debate about whether or not slaves really used quilts as codes, but the stories seemed to be well-received, whether or not the whole code thing is true. I'll keep an ear open for The Mountain Women--are they from Utah?
At 3:57pm on April 4, 2008, Rachel Hedman said…
Dear Susan:

I love how your toddler was your primary audience. Even if storytelling didn't happen on the stage, the most important place is in the home.

With your connection with the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild, you may like to know that a lot of people on the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival Committee love to quilt and have created stories around the activity. One of these tellers/quilters is Debi Richan. I recommend you say "hi" to her.

Also, since you tell to a lot of adult audiences, are any of them within the 18-35-year-old range? There is a group within "Professional Storyteller" called "College Big Cats: Tracking and Capturing Gigs" that may interest you.

Welcome to the site.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
At 9:40pm on March 27, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
Hello Susan... hope you love this site as much as I have grown to love it... lots of good stuff and great people... open and that's good.

Welcome again... check out my page... I tell mostly to adults too.
At 5:48pm on March 25, 2008, Tom Taylor said…

Just tried three times to go to your website, but couldn't make it happen. Tho't I'd best give you a 'heads-up' -



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