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April 2008 Blog Posts (49)

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Is some of this ADD we're seeing our fault?



The more I work in schools, the more I think we (the adults aka the system) are somewhat to blame for this ADD (attention deficit disorder) epidemic.



There are exceptions, but during the last year, I've noticed the following are rather standard at every school in which I have performed or done a residency:



...Classrooms placed next to the choir and orchestra rooms- with that constant noise coming in and out of classes… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on April 19, 2008 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

newspaper review of "dark matter"

Illuminations pour

Friday, April 18, 2008

INARA VERZEMNIEKS

The Oregonian Staff



The title of Lynne Duddy's one-woman show is "Dark Matter," and it takes awhile, sitting in the dimness, to realize the full impact of this play on words.



Duddy, a gentle woman with a whispery voice, is a professional storyteller, and when she invited me to see her show, I wasn't sure what to expect.



Generally, we think of storytelling as something that takes place in… Continue

Added by Lynne Duddy on April 18, 2008 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Ah.. the weekend is here...

Northern Kentucky Storytelling Festival

Lots of good fun tonight starting at 7:00 pm Octavia Sexton and Bill Harley

Saturday at 11:00 a.m. till about 4:00 pm Lots of great Kentucky tellers and they are even going to let me tell. Bill Watson, Octavia Sexton, & Cynthia Changaris. Come on out it will be lots of fun.



XM Satellite Radio Channel 171, 8:00 a.m. EST

I am hoping you will join me by radio or internet to listen to me tell stories to a lot of… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on April 18, 2008 at 9:13am — No Comments

Reading: Train Stories

Always there is something new that catches my fancy and I have to explore it. A few years back my husband and I took a wrong turn and ended up going through a mile-long tunnel at night. This tunnel was arched, lined with brick and water dripped on us as we drove. Halfway through we met another vehicle coming from the other way--the traffic light that controlled traffic wasn't working that night. We were at an impasse until my husband convinced the other driver to back out--one half mile of… Continue

Added by Granny Sue on April 13, 2008 at 10:28pm — 1 Comment

Got Any Train Stories?

It's been a while since I posted here. I've been really busy. I've been selected by About.com as their model railroad guide. Please check out my site at modeltrains.about.com.



And while we're on the subject of trains, does anyone have any good train stories? I love trains, but I have to say honestly that I haven't ridden that many in my life. Among all of you professional story tellers there must be a few interesting train stories. How about… Continue

Added by Randall Roberts on April 13, 2008 at 6:33pm — 3 Comments

What stories mean to living

A week or so ago I saw an interview with the college professor who is dying of cancer - now titled "The Last Lecture". He said an important thing as he ended the lecture... it was something like "Don't tell people how to live, tell them stories and let them decide what the stories mean to living."



That is such an important thought. If you know me, you know my personal faith is important to me. I have never tried to force folks to follow me, I am a poor leader. The above thought is… Continue

Added by Stephen Hollen on April 12, 2008 at 5:45pm — 2 Comments

Register for the live, hands-on CD Making workshop.

It is the decision weekend for the hands on, live, do-it-to-learn-it CD Making workshop in Phoenix. If you are thinking of attending, now is the time to register. Thanks. You can get the flyer when you click here.

Added by Sean Buvala on April 12, 2008 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Article in the newspaper

I got a call from a wonderful reporter who wanted to do an article for a local newspaper in a column on interesting jobs that people have. She found my website and thought "storytelling is a GREAT job that lots of people would want to know about." A number of emails, voicemails, a phone interview and emailing photos and TADAH....a really nice article. Take a…

Added by Patti Christensen on April 12, 2008 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

Sharing the Fire 2008 conference report - As I saw it...

Hey all!
I started posting my story about the STF on my English blog - gonna take a while, so keep coming back for more chapters!
Here is the link:
The Multicolored Diary

Added by Csenge Zalka on April 11, 2008 at 11:16pm — 2 Comments

Mixing Marketing with Everyday Life--the Easy Way

A storyteller can be a marketer at any time or place, including being a host for a consultant-based show such as through Mary Kay, Tupperware, Pampered Chef and Usborne Books.



Though I am never the consultant, at the end of every show I tell a story or two… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on April 11, 2008 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

The Mill that was

On Tuesday I had opportunity to meet a client in Georgetown, Kentucky - home of my Alma Mater. It was a simple IRA for the 2007 tax season. We did the paperwork over lunch. Since I arrived early (on purpose) I had time to explore the little town I spent my college years in. How it had changed, how alien it was to me after 32 years to drive old country roads that had become a place for large McMansions, new growth from the Toyota plant in town and far removed from the beautiful country drives I… Continue

Added by Stephen Hollen on April 10, 2008 at 3:01pm — 3 Comments

The NSN 2008 Conference, Southeast Region Tellers from Kentucky are... Yippee!!!

I don't know how the other states in the Southeast selected their Showcase Tellers to represent them at the NSN Conference in Gatlinburg, TN. But this is how Kentucky did it. The following is a letter from our NSN State Liaison, Mary Hamilton. She also is our KY Storytelling Association (KSA) President for 2008. I am picking up her letter after the salutation and opening statement to all the Members of the KSA.



"Entries were received. Out-of-state panelists judged, and the following… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on April 9, 2008 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Layered world

As I sit on the old front porch

Coffee mug warming my hands

I look into the distance

At times my vision fuzzes

Secondary to memories and thoughts.

As I refocus and look

Down the hillside

It is as if God has layered the world

On clear plastic cells

An artist might draw on.

Most distant I see the horizon

Purples, blues and reds

A promise of sunny yellow.

Then a layer of burnt umber trees

Forming a defined tree line.

The… Continue

Added by Stephen Hollen on April 7, 2008 at 1:42pm — 1 Comment

"QUEER!!!" A great success at the Lehigh Storytelling Festival Fringe

Well, as I sit here writing this entry, I can't believe that it's over. TOmorrow I return to Michigan and prepare for my show at Nicola's Little Professor Bookstore's Spring Concert with the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. But, I have to say that today's performance was really great. I was all nerves just before going onstage. When Chaz Kiernan introduced me, he did a really great job as emcee, by the way, I was standing on the sidelines waiting for my chance to get onstage and do my piece.… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on April 5, 2008 at 10:12pm — 2 Comments

The adrenaline rush of progress is over and the cool reality is setting in... for me.

I woke up this morning, 8:30 a.m. and those of you who know me... know just how rare that really is. I slept late by about four hours. I fried a mixture of potatoes, peppers, onions, cooked some bacon & eggs, toasted oatmeal bread & a nice glass of orange juice, a huge cup of coffee. Two actually I drank one cup while fixing my meal and then I settled into to my seat to eat it while watching Book C-Span on my little tv. Macio Maku, noted Quantum Physicist was talking about his new book… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on April 5, 2008 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Storytelling Concerts at Godfrey Daniels a big hit at the Lehigh Storytelling Festival

I was picked up at the airport by Jolene Kiernan and whisked off to my hotel to rest before the evening storytelling concert. I got to Godfrey Daniels and what a delightful place. Small, intimate, the perfect place for folk music and storytelling venues. Reminded me of The Ark in Ann Arbor and AJ's Cafe in Ferndale, but much more intimate. There were two fantastic storytellers last night: Richard Marsh and Odds Bodkin--two very different styles--both expert storytellers. Richard Marsh told… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on April 5, 2008 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

COMMUNICATION AS NARRATION

Could it be that any story, every story, has the power to not only inform but to influence? It seems that every story told touches somebody somewhere at sometime. In fact, it is probably true that every story selected by a storyteller to share is selected for a reason, no matter how innocent – at minimum because that particular story touched him or her in some way when it was heard or read. It was then decided to pass it on to others.



One of the leading scholars on human… Continue

Added by Steve Evans on April 5, 2008 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

That Story is MINE!!!

Last week I checked a book out of the library (title with held) that was full of wonderful stories. Some of the stories I would love to add to my list and put into my own shows. Of course, I like to give credit to the author of a new story, also if I tell a traditional tale like someone else’s version, I gave credit to them. Most of the time, I like to find as many versions of the story as I can and then work it over until it’s mine, them I tell it.

However, in this book, (when I went to… Continue

Added by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on April 4, 2008 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Easter Snow in Texas

Saturday, April 07, 2007 –6:30 p.m.

Easter Eve





Easter Snow in Texas





I mowed the grass yesterday, a mere 24 hours ago

And I just looked out the window – to see a world of snow!

Easter weekend! In Texas! You know, TEXAS – cactus, cowboys and such?!

‘Spose I coulda been more surprised, but, I declare – not by much!



Birds didn’t mind, ‘cause there they sat, snackin’ on sunflower seed

I’s peekin’ through the kitchen window, jus’… Continue

Added by Tom Taylor on April 3, 2008 at 7:26am — 5 Comments

Tax Time: 10 Tips for Tellers on Tour

Staring at the calendar and then glancing at the calculator are not enough to complete taxes for the professional storyteller. Pulling out hair is less likely to help.



Hopefully you kept receipts for anything connected with your art, though this could mean you have a boxful of papers to shift through and determine if there are any amounts that could be deductible.



While making those decisions (and consulting with an… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on April 2, 2008 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

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