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February 2009 Blog Posts (41)

The Weber State Storytelling Festival, WOW.

I just spent a day in the presents of Greatness. I was lucky enough to tell at the Weber State Storytelling Festival. This festival is a little different then most I have been to. It takes place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and young folks are bused in from elementary and junior high schools from all over the region to hear local, regional, treasured and national storytellers. There is also a Bilingual Voices section. In addition to the kids coming to the storytellers, storytellers are… Continue

Added by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on February 28, 2009 at 6:25pm — No Comments

A story of healing and acceptance.

Ah Fook and the Railway track.

Once upon a time, there was a little boy called Ah Fook. His parents were busy working and had many children and so Ah Fook went to live with his grandmother.

She lived about a hundred yards away from a disused railway track. Many people used the railway as a crossing place. Children loved to hop on the tracks in the evenings after school and invent jumping and racing… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on February 27, 2009 at 1:20pm — No Comments

A Celebration of Story in Clemson, SC

A GREAT EVENING for Storytelling by the Clemson Area Story Tellers. For future storytelling meetings and events see: The crowd of almost 200 enjoyed the stories and music. Music was by A Festive Evening for all.
Tuesday, Feb 24 at the Clemson Arts Center presented a Celebration of Story. Tim Lowry and Nancy Basket were featured tellers at this first annual Storytelling Festival.

Added by Jo Sanders on February 26, 2009 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Last call for World Storytelling Day Events

The list of events for World Storytelling Day continues to grow. You can see the events listed so far at:

If you have an event that is not listed, please email it to me BEFORE March 5th. After that, I can not promise that I will be able to put it on the website.

You can email the event to me at:


Added by Dale Jarvis on February 26, 2009 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Press Release: National Professional Storyteller Brings Live, Literacy-Building Performance to Maryvale-Area (Arizona) School on Friday, February 27, 2009.

Press Release Immediate Release

Use Date 2/20- 2/27 2009.

National Professional Storyteller Brings Live, Literacy-Building Performance to Maryvale-Area (Arizona0 School on Friday, February 27, 2009.

Avondale Arizona- As part of the literacy program of "Read Across America," the students at Lela Alston Elementary School in the Maryvale area of the West Valley (Arizona) will be treated to a presentation by national professional storyteller K. Sean Buvala on Friday,…

Added by Sean Buvala on February 25, 2009 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Press Release: "Bobby Jindal's Speech Highlights Do's and Don't of Effective Storytelling," says National Expert.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Avondale, AZ- National storytelling expert and speaking coach, K. Sean Buvala, reviews Bobby Jindal's "Republican Response" speech and offers four public-speaking tips gleaned from the Governor's presentation.

Buvala, the director of the national storytelling resource site at, says, "Regardless of anyone's political preferences, the Governor's speech illustrates that stories…

Added by Sean Buvala on February 25, 2009 at 6:59am — No Comments

Memories of my Great Grandfather Ed Spalding Deputy Sheriff of Fremont County, Colorado.

Some of my earliest memories surrond a trip my parents made along with my maternal grandmother. We arrived somewhere in Colorado to a farm where some one special lived. My parents came to the door and were greeted by an elderly couple that came out and hugged my Grandmother and mother. I came to realize later that they were the parents of my Grandfather Clay long past away leaving my Grandmother a widow to raise her only child my mother Elaine.

My Great Grandfather had a Parakeet… Continue

Added by David S. Sharp on February 24, 2009 at 6:12pm — 8 Comments

A new interlude....The big nose...

Once, upon, well maybe twice upon a long time ago, maybe as long ago as the hair on my head - there was a little boy.

Now this little boy he had a question in his mind which he asked his daddy, day after day after day, and he never got an answer that satisfied him.

"Daddy? Why have you got such a BIG NOSE?"

His father looked at him with a smile on his face and always said the same thing ..."Because that's the way I was born"

Somehow that answer just… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on February 23, 2009 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Angels Watching Over Me


Sleep is over rated. I have now found that you can just skip over it for quite a period of time and it amazes me what can be accomplished in a stupor. On the other hand there is true quality in a real nap. Not a stolen five seconds, but being totally zonked for a couple hours. It is as refreshing as cool water in summer. Why would I experiment with sleepless nights?

I have given over my nights to an angel. You see all winter through the rain and… Continue

Added by Carolyn Stearns on February 23, 2009 at 4:17am — 1 Comment

Kevin Cordi in Phoenix This Weekend! 2/22

We're still on for hosting the storytelling concert and "Permission2Play" coaching workshop with Kevin Cordi this Sunday.

More details are at:

Or download the pdf flyer at this link.

Please let us know if you are coming and *not* preordering tickets. We need to be sure that we have enough materials…

Added by Sean Buvala on February 19, 2009 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Australian Animals Need You

Please donate generously. Thousands of animals need emergency care:

Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

International Fund for Animal Welfare

Sam gets his burned feet bandaged. This is the koala you've seen

all over the news being given bottled water. Rescue organizations need funds for bandages, salves, x-rays, oxygen,…

Added by Reisa Stone on February 19, 2009 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Use of Storyboards

I have have just uploaded a video on our use of storyboards at Digistory. We have tried different ways of getting children from 5-12 to sequence elements within their stories. We have found that storyboards work better than blank sheets of paper. We have also experimenting with groups developing a joint map... the advantages of individual work within a storyboard and group work within the development of a map, or though collective story developing are different. I shall be exploring these… Continue

Added by Virginia Cano on February 18, 2009 at 10:49am — No Comments

Historical Storytelling - Storytelling for Historic Site, Museum, and Parks Interpretation

Dale Jarvis, St. John’s, NL, 2009

Heritage tourism is a growing business, and there are countless museums, parks and interpretation centres where the story of our past is told and retold. Many times however, this telling is not done by storytellers! I believe that there is a great opportunity for the storytelling community to get more involved, and that we have a unique perspective that can only help create more interest in our shared heritage.

Storytelling on site… Continue

Added by Dale Jarvis on February 18, 2009 at 10:33am — 4 Comments

A Mid Winter Rambling

A Mid Winter Rambling; Carolyn Stearns Storyteller

Ice, it was the main event here on Storybook Farm through much of January and into February and then it finally melted. So now it is not underfoot but only in the buckets and water barrels the animals drink from. I carry a splitting maul on my morning rounds using its heavy sharp edge to crack through and break the ice. Often and usually on the coldest days the water splashes back at me taking a direct hit on my face! I hate that,… Continue

Added by Carolyn Stearns on February 17, 2009 at 8:43pm — 3 Comments


I am so glad I live in Virginia. I also hope you're happy where you live too, but lately the opportunities to hear good storytelling has been popping up in my backyard, so to speak. Today, President's Day, I had the pleasure of hearing Charlotte Blake Alston down in Newport News. She is outstanding. Don't miss hearing her if you can. (p.s. it was also free--SWEET!) Secondly, coming right here to Williamsburg, the official home of my humble site... uh, and my home, are three… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on February 16, 2009 at 4:58pm — No Comments

History of Black History Month and Celebrating Presidents

February is Black History Month, and it's also the month when we honor American presidents. It seems especially fitting to commemorate both occasions this year, as the nation just recently inaugurated its first ever African-American president.

Most of us think of Black History Month as an event of recent origin, but it had its birth nearly a century ago. Of course, like other newborns, it wasn't fully grown yet; it started out as just a single week. It was the brainchild of prominent…


Added by Act!vated Story Theatre on February 16, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

The mate tea

I love mate tea. I first started drinking it when I was in Argentina. It was prepared by some fiends of mine from Bahia Blanca and I soon became addicted. I was delighted when I found a story about the mate tree. This story comes from the Guarani Indians. I have just translated it and can be found in Stories from the Americas . It is a magical story about a child, the rainforest and the search for the moon. Please share it with others!

Added by Virginia Cano on February 14, 2009 at 7:57pm — No Comments

The Three Trees - A Inspirational Christian Story

Long ago in the forest, lived three tall tress, the biggest among all trees in the forest. One fine day, the three were having a chat, talking about their dream of the future.

The first tree said, "I want to grow taller and stronger, and I want a man to chop me down and make a beautiful bed of my trunk, so a great king can sleep on me."

The second tree said, "I want to grow taller and stronger, because I want a man to chop me down and make a big yacht of my trunk, so a… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on February 13, 2009 at 1:19am — 1 Comment

The Boy and the Apple Tree - A Touching Story

A long time ago, there was a huge tree.

It loved a little boy very much, the boy loved to come and play around it every day.

The little boy liked to swing with its branches,

Ate the apples,

Take a nap under the shadow,

He loved the tree, and the tree was so happy.

Time went by…

One day, the boy came back to the tree.

The tree said, “Come and play with me.”

“I am no longer a kid. I don’t play… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on February 12, 2009 at 8:52pm — No Comments

The Crab and the Crane

Back when the world was young, and the animals could speak to each other, lived a crab and his friends, the fish in a peaceful pond behind the mountain. They lived happily, playing together and taking care of each other. However, it was unfortunate for them, a long dry season happened that year, and the water in their pond was getting less and less. The fish were getting worried for they knew very well that they would die without water, unlike their firend, the crab, who could still survive… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on February 11, 2009 at 10:57pm — No Comments

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