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March 2008 Blog Posts (95)


That is it. How are you building community?

Added by B.Z. Smith on March 31, 2008 at 11:32pm — 4 Comments


Dasho Kinley Dorji, chief editor of Bhutan’s Kuensel News Corp, feels his country is going through difficult times, on the road to a complete destruction of the country’s values systems. One way to combat that, he believes, is to create stories calling attention to the situation and ensure that those stories are shared and heard.

His creative non-fiction short story Pretty Woman portrays how the introduction of television to Bhutan in 1999 thrust the country into dramatic and painful… Continue

Added by Steve Evans on March 31, 2008 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Earth Hour/Lights Out

On Saturday, March 29th 2008, the lights went out. Not in a bad way, but deliberately, people turned off at least some of their lights, at least some of their gadgets, just to see what would happen. Even the Google website changed on that day, turning dark to celebrate the event. In some places, there were events to get people out of the house, to keep them from electrical temptations.

In our community, at least, this event was perfect for storytelling. The weather was cool but not… Continue

Added by Nick Smith on March 31, 2008 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Why don't we like Ghost Stories any more?

b>b>When I was younger, I loved to hear Ghost Stories, perhaps more than my mother would have liked. And it seemed that there were no ends to find, read, and listen to them. Now it’s all gone. I mean, there are plenty of gory movies and lots of “horror books but where are the stories?

I found this article on and I think that it answers this question, at lest in part.

January 23, 2006

The Ghost Storyteller: A Dinosaur Among Lemmings?

By… Continue

Added by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on March 31, 2008 at 8:52pm — 2 Comments

Samples of my stories


The soft spring breeze blows over the cold damp ground of the LaPlace swamp. The shy flowers are beginning to show their tiny little heads through the damp ground. All around the swamp life is beginning to bloom a sure sign that spring is in the air.

A chirping sound from high in the Magnolia tree sounds the arrival of a new life. A tiny bird slowly pecks his way from his shell and awakens to a new and beautiful world. Spring has come in all her glory.… Continue

Added by AJ Rodriguez on March 31, 2008 at 11:27am — No Comments

First one

Test... Test... is this thing on? Hello... Hello...

My First Blog.

How did I do?

Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller
March 31. 2008

Added by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on March 31, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

[The Story Biz Blog] Making Media Magic 3-31-08


A new blog has been posted in the Story Biz group, It's all about getting press coverage. Included is a sample of my "Fast Facts" sheet as well as a successful press release.

Best wishes for Story Biz Success!

Dianne de Las Casas

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 31, 2008 at 4:44am — 3 Comments


Edward Chamberlin, Canadian professor of English and Comparative Literature, shared the following story, an incident from which he derived the title of his book on stories and national-cultural identification: If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?

"It happened at a meeting between a [native America] Indian community in northwest British Columbia and some government officials. The officials claimed the land for the government. The natives were astonished by the claim. They… Continue

Added by Steve Evans on March 31, 2008 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Little by Little has moved to Take Five.

I hope you will join the others who are trying to improve their work. Five things a day.

Buck I will begin to use this blog for something else.

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on March 30, 2008 at 11:13pm — No Comments

I always wanted to be a drummer....

When I was in fifth grade, it was the time when you could sign up to be part of the band. I went to the meeting all prepared to say "I want to be a drummer." However, when Mr. Stetz, the band teacher got out the instruments and introduced what our choices were, he didn't mention drums. Hr got out trombones, trumpets, clarinets, French horns, flutes, even tubas. We went around and each students said what they were choosing. My best friend sitting… Continue

Added by Patti Christensen on March 30, 2008 at 10:08am — 3 Comments

First Blog Ever!

I've been talking about blogging and social networking of late, but have never sat down to actually write anything. With all of the different things that I do, I could probably start a multitude of blogs - one for storytelling, one for singing and music, another for advertising and radio (my vocation during the day), one for politics, one for writing. Sigh...does anyone know how to clone?

For this blog, though, I will occasionally add things that I'm doing creatively in… Continue

Added by Sondra Singer on March 28, 2008 at 7:02pm — 8 Comments

"Confident Marketing: Sharing story passion with others"--March 30th Broadcast with Rachel

Join Rachel Hedman as she shares how the fearless performing artist on stage could overcome the shyness of marketing through a KUNM/NPR radio interview on Sunday, March 30, 2008.

Time of Broadcast (whether Internet or Radio way):

Sunday, March 30, 2008





Learn how to give business cards as easily as taking a… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on March 28, 2008 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

Arrived in Florida

I arrived safely in Ft. Lauderdale Florida where a very dear friend of mine picked me up after a fun game of "Where the Hell are my bags?" Arrived safely at her house and had dinner. Left alone to my own devices, I sat down and watched PBS. Saw a wonderful puppettoon of Peter and the Wolf and the Live From the Met broadcast of Hansel and Gretel sung in English and disturbingly directed and designed by someone with food-on-the-brain, but very original and did I say, disturbing. The guardian… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on March 27, 2008 at 9:52am — 1 Comment

Storytelling News FYI: Resolution Would Make Doc McConnell Tennessee's First Storytelling Laureate

Resolution would make 'Doc' McConnell Tennessee’s first 'Storytelling Laureate'

Published 03/26/2008 By Hank Hayes

'Doc' McConnell performs in this Times-News file photo.

Longtime Hawkins County storyteller “Doc” McConnell is on track to become Tennessee’s first-ever “Tennessee Storytelling Laureate.”

A resolution creating the office of Tennessee Storytelling Laureate and designating McConnell as its first… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 27, 2008 at 9:16am — 7 Comments


Cultures are dynamic and are always in flux. What happens, however, when there is evidence of an eroding values system within a specific culture? Can a particular culture’s worldview intentionally and substantially change? It is unarguable that one’s worldview, culture and values are entrenched and to influence the alteration of these is difficult. However, the idea that affecting one’s worldview, culture and values to the point of change is not impossible. What this discussion proposes is that… Continue

Added by Steve Evans on March 27, 2008 at 5:36am — 4 Comments


Who am I? Where do I belong? What are the accepted norms of behavior for me? A people’s stories help answer these questions; while their stories also help shape their answers. These questions touch on the very core of being – identity, community, culture, etc. Cultural anthropologists, sociologists, ethnographers, and cultural researchers seem to agree that to investigate the idea of self and all that self means, one does it by way of an individual’s stories, along with the stories of his or… Continue

Added by Steve Evans on March 27, 2008 at 5:34am — No Comments

The Story Biz Blog: Show and Tell - Showcasing Your Work


I posted a new Story Biz Blog in the Story Biz Group. The blog is also about showcasing, thanks to Rivka's suggestion.


Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 27, 2008 at 4:50am — No Comments

Oh, By The Way... "Awake" Means "Coherant"

Before I begin let me tell you a little about myself. I am, or was, a teacher. Although I taught computer related topics to adults, I was known for my tangential stories, usually relating to history, or American Pop Culture. At the end of a database administration class I once had a student tell me he couldn't believe how much he'd learned. I told him that I was glad he'd learned so much about database administration. "I wasn't talking about database administration, I was talking about… Continue

Added by Randall Roberts on March 26, 2008 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Southern Story telling at dinner

The southern tradition was to tell stories of the day at dinner. My parents were from Texas and in the summers I went to stay with family out there. I learned about values, attitudes right there with my family.

We had all the stories in the world. History stories of family members, growing up ones about how someone did this or that. I loved those stories. They were important ones that became myth in nature. How Dad (Knocky Parker) found ragtime music downtown in Palmer, Texas. Stories… Continue

Added by Lynne Pope on March 26, 2008 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Florida StoryCamp is Almost Here and I'm Already Exhausted ;o`)

All I can say is that Florida StoryCamp is almost here! Almost here! almost here.... I am exhausted before it even starts. As the assistant camp director the last few days are hectic and there are always last minute changes that happen. I finally got the program done for camp early this morning and now off to the printer. We have some great tellers this year Michael McCarty, Molly Catron, Kuniko Yamamoto, Michael Parent and Sandy Walker. What fun we will have learning at their feet and… Continue

Added by Mylinda Butterworth on March 25, 2008 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

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