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February 2009 Blog Posts (41)

Old Christmas, Jan. 6, Celebrated in Bristol, VA

Hello All - I've been gone for awhile due to several events and issues. The last I posted was in November, then devoted my time to publicity for our Old Christmas program and preparing for a vacation my husband, Rocky, and I were taking over Christmas. We returned the very end of Dec. and on New Year's Day Rocky came down with bronchitis. He is a cancer survivor of 4 years and has the chronic condition of COPD. He seemed to be recovering by Jan. 6, our Old Christmas celebration but chose not to… Continue

Added by Mimi Rockwell on February 10, 2009 at 12:49am — No Comments

Broaden The Size Of My Back Porch in Deb's Back Porch Tales

Broaden The Size Of My Back Porch in Deb's Back Porch Tales

Description: When I was eleven, a girl of my own age was tragically murdered while walking in the woods. I was so traumatized that I no longer indulged in my favorite pastime of exploring without great fear. Years later, I decided it was time to broaden the size of my back porch. I drove to parks and other places of interests. Following my instincts and inner wisdom, not only did… Continue

Added by Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons on February 9, 2009 at 12:20pm — 1 Comment

The Turtle who Wanted to Fly

Everyone knows that a turtle cannot fly, however there was this little turtle who had a dream, and only one dream in his whole life that he was able to fly high in the sky. The little turtle never stopped trying, as every morning he would climb a tree and tried to jump from the branches and flapped his hands. But as we all can guess, he was always falling down right to the ground.



Poor little turtle... but though it was quite hurt, he never gave up. One day, he realized that his… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on February 8, 2009 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Actors' Nightmare

Every performer has them sooner or later. Usually they involve forgetting your lines or opening a show with no rehearsal. Often they involve the audience walking out or getting restless as they wait. Sometimes they involve forgetting your pants when you go onstage. We've had plenty of them in our time, though not so frequently in recent years. One reason is that we've actually experienced just about all of these in real life—well, except for forgetting the pants. And today we had the potential… Continue

Added by Act!vated Story Theatre on February 8, 2009 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

Reisa Finished "My Goat Prefer Naked"!

Yahoo! Yippeeee!!! Last night I finished the last story in my gonzo memoir, My Goat Prefer Naked: Ukrainian Soul Food with Stories From the Village.



104,000 words over 18 months. Intimate acquaintance with the narrator, a malcontent, borshch-slinging Ukrainian grandmother. Days of despair that I would never finish this project. Now I even have material left over for Volume II.



A couple of days breather, then on to creating the materials for agent submission. This is… Continue

Added by Reisa Stone on February 7, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Storytelling in Business Podcast #3: "Just Enough"

Our next edition of the “Storytelling and Narrative for Business Podcast” is now available. This time around, we respond to a listener's email asking about the use of jokes, anecdotes and stories. Sean discusses the differences between each of these items as well as tells you the story of "Just Enough." Sponsored by http://www.executivespeakertraining.com and presented by http://www.seantells.net.



Please send your questions and comments to sean@storyteller.net and be sure to put…
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Added by Sean Buvala on February 6, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

MundArt Ch-Bad Zurzach

Heute findet ein erstes treffen der programmverantwortlichen statt um eine erste sichtung möglicher programmpunkte und artists vorzunehmen. der weg ist vorläufig das ziel. i hope auf ein spannendes mundArt 2010 in Bad Zurzach.

Added by Jürg Steigmeier on February 6, 2009 at 4:01am — No Comments

Coyote Steals Fire - Podcast

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The Coyote is a prominent recurring anthropomorphic character in the folklore of many Native American tribes, particularly in the Southwest. He is generally portrayed as a trickster, a semicomic hero who gets the better of some of the other critters. (He didn't get his comeuppance until the Twentieth Century, thanks to the Roadrunner.) Our current stage production, “…

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Added by Act!vated Story Theatre on February 5, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Mousedeer and the Dog - chapter 3

After the dog managed to get out of the river and dry himself, he continued running after the Mousedeer, and again the Mousedeer was easily found by the sharpness of the dog's nose.



The Mousedeer was tired running around the jungle that he forced himself to think up an idea to stop the dog forever. When he was hiding behind the bushes, he was startled to find a sleeping snake just right behind him. But then, it gave him another idea to escape from the dog.



He quickly got… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on February 5, 2009 at 4:09am — No Comments

The Mousedeer and the Dog - chapter 2

Even though the mousedeer was able to run away from the farmer, but he was not able to escape from the dog for the dog had an excellent smelling sense. No matter where he went or where he hid himself, the dog would surely find him. So having no where else to run, the mousedeer had to find a way to make the dog stop chasing him everywhere.



Near by, he saw a bee hive hanging high on the branch of an oak tree. Seeing the hive gave him an idea of how to escape from the dog. He cam closer… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on February 5, 2009 at 3:28am — No Comments

Good-Bye, Denise (1 of 2 Stories Honoring Black History Month)

This is the book cover for the 1990 out-of-print book that I self-published under my former married name: Debbie Rauch. My illustrator was Dusty Araujo.





This story is a piece of historical fiction. The friend of Denise exists only in the author’s imagination. My purpose in writing this story is to promote discussions among school children of an actual event of history. I hope that they will begin to… Continue

Added by Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons on February 4, 2009 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Two Brothers and M.L. (1 of 2 Stories Honoring Black History Month)

This is the book cover for the 1990 out-of-print book that I self-published under my former married name: Debbie Rauch. My illustrator was Dusty Araujo.



This historical fiction story highlights words spoken to M.L. by his mother and the mother of his two best friends. The conversations between the white mother and her sons and the reactions of the white boys are a product of the author’s… Continue

Added by Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons on February 4, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The legend of the Vanilla

I have been researching a number of stories concerning the legend of the Vanilla, as told by the Totonac people. I settled finally on a story that marries both botanical facts with magic and a wonderful love story. If you are interested in finding out about the problems in pollinating vanilla plants by the early Spanish conquistadores go to Digistory. If, however, you want to read the full legend of the vanilla, go to… Continue

Added by Virginia Cano on February 4, 2009 at 7:59am — No Comments

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR COWS ARE?

You won't believe what happened yesterday---it was like a dream!I live in a village development of apartment-style homes in Auburn, Alabama. One of the best things about my end unit is that I have a decent view of the lake, a much appreciated amenity when I’m working at my computer and able to enjoy the view.



Within a one-mile radius of where I live is a movie theatre, a shopping mall, a row of restaurants, some new subdivisions, a… Continue

Added by Mara Hawks on February 4, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Mark Calendars: Artists' Unconference Retreat August 2009.

Mark your calendars:

The Outside-In
Artist Unconference Retreat


August 14-16, 2009
Phoenix Arizona.

Won't be expensive and it won't be free.
BUT- AZ in the Summer is good for inexpensive lodging.

What would you present/teach/demo in a conference if you had 45 minutes?
You might get your chance. We won't know until we all get there who's presenting and who is not.

Watch this space.

Added by Sean Buvala on February 4, 2009 at 12:49am — No Comments

Share the Love of Reading

Our friends over at My Own Book would like to thank you for your vote. With your help they won a $10,000 grant from Best Buy. They will now be able to buy 8,000 books to give to underprivileged kids.

Share the Love of Reading

It is library lovers month! This month My Own Book is hosting a national month long event "Share the Love of Reading". All teens and adults are encouraged to buy a brand new book, read…

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Added by Act!vated Story Theatre on February 3, 2009 at 12:28pm — No Comments

The Weary Tourists Swap Stories: Another post from India

18 storytellers sharing a bus for two weeks. How hard can it be to find time to swap stories?
Harder than you think.

Read my latest blog entry about the World Storytelling Institute/Eth-Noh-Tec Tharisanam storytelling tour of November 2008 over at Breaking the Eggs: http://storytelling.blogspot.com/2009/01/india-weary-travelers-swap-stories.html

Added by Tim E on February 3, 2009 at 12:54am — No Comments

The Mousedeer and the Dog - Mousedeer

The farmer was happy to take the mousedeer home with him. It was not easy to catch the clever mousedeer, and since this time, he was able to do so, he surely would call a party, and asked his wife to cook the mousedeer and prepared it as a main dish.



The mousedeer knew that he would end up as a dish in the farmer's house, so he kept on thinking how to escape from the farmer's house. When the farmer was near to his house, the farmer's pet, the dog, who had been loyal to the farmer,… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on February 2, 2009 at 3:51am — No Comments

The Mousedeer Stole the Cucumbers - Indonesian Famous Fable



The mousedeer is a famous character in Indonesian fables. It has so many series of the adventures of the mousedeer. Nowadays, the mousedeer is one of the endangered animals in Indonesia. It is called a mousedeer, because it looks like a deer, but it is the same size as a dog.



So this is the story...



Long ago in Java island, lived a famous animal, the mousedeer. The mousedeer was famous of his cleverness, that he could… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on February 2, 2009 at 1:35am — No Comments

The Legend of Roro Jonggrang - Candi Mendut, Center JAva, Indonesia

If you visit Indonesia, remember to visit Candi Prambanan. There's a wonderful story behind it. There are several candi (temples) standing there. One of those has a statue of a standing woman. Villagers said that it was the statue of a princess long time ago named Roro Jonggrang.





Roro Jonggrang was a very beautiful princess from a Javanese kingdom, Prambanan Kingdom hundred years ago. Her famous beauty was known throughout the… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on February 1, 2009 at 3:38am — No Comments

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