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April 2008 Blog Posts (49)

Three Tellers, Two Lanaguages..El Día de los Niños/The Day of the Children

This week we celebrate the Mexican holiday El Día de los Niños/The Day of the Children, a holiday on April 30th. This holiday has been celebrated since 1929, and since the 1990's sometimes is known as El Dia de los Nios / El Día de los Libros/The Day of the Children/The Day of the Books...a celebration of children and books.For more information about libraries celebrating this event, take a look at this site:… Continue

Added by Patti & Panchita-Bilingual Storytelling on April 30, 2008 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Storytelling Trip--a tale of telling

I just completed the last post about my six-day storytelling journey in West Virginia and Virginia. Lots of photos and commentary on my blog.

Every time I tell stories, I am reminded of the value of what we do--connecting people to each other, their past, their place, and their hope for the future. From private school to low-income school to library audience, everyone has the same needs: to know that others share their experiences and… Continue

Added by Granny Sue on April 30, 2008 at 10:06pm — No Comments


I'm thinking about the power of saying " I'm a storyteller " Yeah, well I also say to myself " how good?" However, what I'm saying to someone I meet is that storytelling is an art. Most often they don't know what a storyteller is. It could be they hear me for the moment saying - I'm going to lie a little or I'm going to tell you about myself or I'm going to bore you with something you didn't ask to hear. But, after the pregnant pause and I don't say anything, they are most times at a loss for a… Continue

Added by Tom Carter on April 29, 2008 at 6:40pm — 2 Comments

Ct. Storytelling Festival

Wow! What a whirlwind weekend. I just couldnt do just the festival but on Friday night started my weekend with a 15 minute show as part of the Tolland Senior Center Variety Show ( Ct. ). I was so impressed they had a large audience and using the new Tolland high school ,the stage, lights and sound system were all brand new and state of the art. What a treat! For my part I went on and was calm and focused and delivered my best performance to date! I did 3 stories in the 15 minutes I was hired… Continue

Added by Carolyn Stearns on April 29, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Listen to Interview--"Confident Marketing: Sharing story passion with others" with Rachel

Part of the interview "Confident Marketing: Sharing story passion with others" is now available on Rachel Hedman's profile page under "My Music" or on her blog.

Permission was granted by the radio station as well as from storyteller/interviewer… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on April 29, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment


“In his book Culture Jam, Kalle Lasn says, ‘The most powerful narcotic in the world is the promise of belonging,’” said Annette Simmons, author The Story Factor. “To that I would add, the promise of being ‘known’ – not understood, not necessarily even valued – but simply to be acknowledged and seen.” She said that in a technological economy, human attention is the emerging scarce resource. “People need it, crave it, and will pay for it with their cooperation,” she… Continue

Added by Steve Evans on April 29, 2008 at 5:40am — 2 Comments

World Wide List of Storytelling Courses

I took over maintaining the World Wide List of Storytelling Courses from Eric Miller when I was a student at ETSU. It is currently posted on my wiki page and on the SHE SIG wiki page ( It is also on the NSN page under resources (minus the two courses I just added a few minutes ago). I have received a couple more courses to add just since joining this group. If you know of other courses in oral storytelling, please send me the information… Continue

Added by Millie Jackson on April 27, 2008 at 7:19pm — 1 Comment

What would be your last words?

"If you had just learned that you were about to die, what would be your last words?"

This was the challenge put to us by Jean Harper, a wonderful creative nonfiction writer and English professor at Indiana University-East. The class groaned. It was an impossible assignment. Or was it?

Since my father had died suddenly a couple weeks earlier, without saying any last words to my brothers or me, the assignment took on a new meaning. What would I say to my children if I knew… Continue

Added by Jennie Kiffmeyer on April 27, 2008 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Chances to tell again

I will be telling to a group of 4th graders in a few weeks. I'm very excited. Making the transition to a new state and new job hasn't given me much time to tell stories. I will also be telling in the Alabama Showcase at the NSN conference. I'm very excited about that.

Added by Millie Jackson on April 27, 2008 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Story interuptions continued:

I recently read a blog post by Sean Bulava, and it got me thinking about story interuptions I've had that stuck in my memory. Recently I went and told a set of stories with music at a local rest home. The activities director was grateful that I would come and entertain the residents for the small budget they had and they knew what my normal evening fee would have been. The experience was not well planned by the staff and there was some confusion as to where in the building I was to perform, so… Continue

Added by David S. Sharp on April 25, 2008 at 1:06pm — 3 Comments

FYI - 2008 NAPPA Children's Products Awards Now Accepting Entries

Get the Attention of 4 Million Parents - Enter Today!

For 18 years, the National Parenting Publications Awards has connected moms and dads with the best toys and products for today's kids. Will your products be among them?

The 2008 NAPPA Children's Products competition is now accepting entries for all categories. For 18 years, NAPPA has directed parents to the best children's:

• Toys: Indoor, Outdoor, Electronic and Board Games - deadline June 30, 2008

•… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on April 24, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

I'm Looking for Books full of Ghost Stories

I have to date about 20 book of just ghost stories, and many more with ghost stories in them. BUT I WANT MORE! I have seen that many of you have Ghost Story books and I would like them. Many of you have read books of ghost stories that you liked and I want to know about them too. I also want to know the stories that the teens in your towns, or even the adults tell to scare the hebers out of each other. I'm only one man people and I can't go everywhere to get every story, but if all of you… Continue

Added by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on April 24, 2008 at 6:28pm — 2 Comments

My Five: 4.23.2008: School Gauntlet

Picture of: little kids and their snacks shuffle into one of my school shows yesterday.

Today I: drove through this strange thing where the hours are rushing to get to the school; set up very quickly for the shows; performed five shows back-to-back… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on April 24, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Help...I'm going to jump.

So how do you know? At what point does the line become clear between here and over there?

I am tired. I work 50 hours Monday through Thursday at a desk and then hit the road on Thursday afternoon.Travel, tell, and travel back. Sunday night I stumble through the door and at 6am the alarm goes off. Back to the grind.

My job is great...but the time has come. I can feel it.I have some friends who tell full time who are urging me to make the jump, but they are in way different… Continue

Added by Kim Weitkamp on April 22, 2008 at 8:19pm — 13 Comments

Hunting Dragons on St. George's Day

St. George's Day is not an official national holiday in Canada. The patron saint of England’s feast day is, however, a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador, where it is usually observed on the Monday nearest April 23rd (also Shakespeare’s birthday). This year the St. George’s holiday was celebrated Monday, April 21st.

The most well-known story of St. George concerns him slaying a dragon that had long ravaged the country of Libya. Every day the dragon demanded a sacrifice… Continue

Added by Dale Jarvis on April 22, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment


“Why story and storytelling?” Thomas Boomershine asked in his book Story Journey. “Story is a primary language of experience. Telling and listening to a story has the same structure as our experience,” he said. “The episodes of our lives take place one after another just like a story. One of the ways we know each other is by telling our stories. We live in stories.” He continued: "Storytelling creates community. Persons who tell each other stories become friends. And men and women who… Continue

Added by Steve Evans on April 22, 2008 at 3:17am — 7 Comments

Teller's Dilemma: Hating Practice, Loving Showtime

Practicing—whether stories, piano, sports or anything else—usually prompts someone to say, “It is for your good”. Perhaps this is because they are grateful they are not the one practicing. The word is often associated with torture and boredom, yet it is through this act that a stellar performance comes about.

Practicing can be a moment to anticipate with these five ideas:

1. Set some goals

2. Dream the final… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on April 21, 2008 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

More Exciting News!

Hey y'all,
Well, the good news just keeps coming. I found out today that I have been selected to perform at the South Carolina State Showcase at the National Storytelling Conference in Gatlinburg, TN in August. Needless to say...I AM VERY EXCITED!!! I hope to see as many of you there as possible. If any of you know you will be coming or performing, please let me know.
-Rixon Lane

Added by Rixon Lane on April 20, 2008 at 8:46pm — 3 Comments

An honor

I'm most grateful to David Joe Miller for inviting me to be part of Professional Storyteller. As someone that's not a storyteller per se, but a storytelling enthusiast and former employee of the National Storytelling Network, it's an honor and a privelege to be amongst you. Thank you.

Added by Eric Miller on April 20, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Do you know Flat Stanley?

Take a look at our blog about Flat Stanley's California Adventures....

Added by The Patchwork Players on April 19, 2008 at 5:20pm — 1 Comment

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