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May 2008 Blog Posts (38)


For a word, there is no meaning outside of context. In a way, that is also true for stories. Consider an iceberg. When we tell or hear a story, all that is understood about that story is the tip of the iceberg seen above the waterline, unless we also know all of the context that is hidden below! When we know the context, the story often takes on different or fuller meanings or understandings. Often, when we take stories from the more oral cultures to the more literate ones, some… Continue

Added by Steve Evans on May 31, 2008 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Directing and Nurturing A Storytelling Group, Post 1 - by Mimi Rockwell

Ten years ago my husband and I founded a storytelling guild in the small city of Bristol, TN-VA. (Bristol is an Appalachian border city, in the two states of Tennessee and Virginia; in fact the state line is the main street.)

Half a dozen people attended the first meeting, and it grew from there until today there are 26 members with 16 performing storytellers. Not a huge increase, I suspect, because Bristol's citizens are much more interested in country music than in storytelling.… Continue

Added by Mimi Rockwell on May 30, 2008 at 10:03pm — 3 Comments

StoryMasters at the Orlando Kid's Fringe Festival

Well we made it through our first adventure into the fringe. When we arrived on Saturday morning for our first show there was nobody around but vendors. Theresa the Fringe kid's wrangler said to just skip this performance, see a show and do the 12:30 performance. So we went to see fellow Florida storyteller Bernie O'Brien with his show in the green section of the fringe. He was funny as always and he was finished by Noon so we had enough time to… Continue

Added by Mylinda Butterworth on May 29, 2008 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Parents Choice Awards Call for Entries - FYI from Dianne de Las Casas

The Parents' Choice Awards™ Call for Entries in the Audio category

is now open through June 20th 2008.

Winners will be announced on October 2nd.

The Audio category includes Music, Audio Books and Storytelling.

Established in 1978, Parents’ Choice Foundation is the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media. Parents’ Choice Awards are given to products that meet and exceed standards set by educators, scientists, artists, musicians,… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on May 27, 2008 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Jonesborough in Spring

Yesterday was the Jonesborough Garden Gala. I posted some pictures that I took so that those who only see our town in October can see it in Spring. I tagged most of the pictures so if you look at them individually, you'll see the descriptions. There are some pictures of the Henly's garden. I'm sure that during the festival, many of you cut through the alley from Main St. to the College St or Library tents. Those pictures show you what's on the other side of the whimsical wall. Hope you enjoy.

Added by Betty R Smith on May 25, 2008 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

Mountain Thirst

There is a thirst that cannot be satisfied

A hunger that pains the insides

Of mountain folks long separated

From hill,home and holler.

It lingers on our minds like

A daydream never forgotten

Like a teenager's first kiss

Dreamed of and never matched.

It rolls around on the tongue

And in the belly like the sweet

Taste of sourwood honey.

Life in the mountains is hard scrabble

Never forgotten, underappreciated

A struggle that we… Continue

Added by Stephen Hollen on May 24, 2008 at 6:56am — 1 Comment

Let me see your keys!

It was more than twenty years ago, that I was sitting in my office on the 14th floor of the "Boston Building" in downtown Salt Lake City. Along with other contractors we were working on a Saturday morning cartoon for Marvel comics animation out of California. We made pretty good money when we were busy working, but much of the time we would wait for contracts or new shows to come in, and animators without something to keep them busy are much like a Mad Hatter's tea party without any tea, or… Continue

Added by David S. Sharp on May 22, 2008 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Lipstick Writer's Orlando Fringe Journal Day 7

And the Fringe goes on......

I took Monday off to visit my mom who lives a couple hours drive from Orlando. I got back 3 hours before the performance. I passed out cards, pickles and ice cream then headed off to do another show. Unfortunatly I caught a nasty virus and my nose was a virtual facet. And this was the show that was being taped. It was also the show that was being reviewed!!

I blew my nose, met the audience (I didn't know I was being reviewed) and did the show.… Continue

Added by Rivka Willick on May 22, 2008 at 10:58am — 3 Comments

Gilgamesh Lives

The 14th Street Playhouse was a good home for Gilgamesh. This was the inaugural performance for the newly formed Houselights Storytelling Theatre. You can read more about them in this month's Storytelling Magazine. Here are a few shots from the show:…


Added by David Novak on May 21, 2008 at 9:31pm — No Comments


“If this is your land, where are your stories?” Edward Chamberlin asked in his book by the same name. This question carries with it the impact of a doubled-edged blade: Not only do the stories of a people define who they are and the space they possess, but the stories of a people are also the tools used to possess that space. There are two African folktales that so poignantly illustrate this. One, The Departure of the Giants, is from the Horn of Africa, while the second, Strength,… Continue

Added by Steve Evans on May 21, 2008 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Three and Half more days.

In three and half more days of teaching I will be leaving my teaching position for the last 33 years. I have left on a high note after receiving the Learning Disabilities Association Indiana State Teacher of the Year for 2007-2008 school year. I will miss the students and friends I have had and going to school each day. I know a new door is opening for me to step through to do full time professional storytelling. Since 1993 I have been a part time storyteller and have thouroughly enjoyed the… Continue

Added by Gary Wittmann on May 21, 2008 at 7:20am — 3 Comments

Lipstick Writer's Orlando Fringe Journal-Day 5


The fifth day has passed and it was good. If you are following this blog, you know that my first show had a rather light showing (no one showed up) but I was assured this is normal for out-of-towners that are new to fringe. So I continued on, hitting the lines, talking to everyone and anyone.

I did a free morning performance for the kid's fringe, but it was so darn hot (the kid's fringe is outside) only a few kids showed (and the Blue Man… Continue

Added by Rivka Willick on May 20, 2008 at 9:40am — 2 Comments

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Added by Doria Hughes on May 20, 2008 at 9:04am — No Comments

Come Listen in Now to Liz Weir in the Amphitheater!

It's a fresh, brand-new Amphitheater moment! One of Ireland’s premier storytellers, Liz Weir, spends some time with the director for this wide ranging interview recorded in March 2008. Liz talks with Sean about how she chooses a program (or doesn’t), her views of storytelling throughout the world, her work with storytelling as a pathway to peace in Northern Ireland and a variety of other topics.… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on May 18, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Listen (and learn!) to an "Outside In Storytelling Marketing Boot Camp" Conference Call!

Our most recent marketing workshop was in February. Part of that camp experience was a follow up conference call. We recorded that call and it's here for you to listen to now (click here). If you are on the edge about… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on May 18, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Storytelling Nonprofits in a Changing World--posted by Rachel Hedman

Dedication and thanks goes to Anthony Radich, Executive Director of the Western States Arts Federation (Westaf), for giving permission to post the picture of us as well as to apply his workshop session “The New World of the Nonprofit Arts: Adapting to a Shifting Landscape” to storytelling nonprofits on May 9, 2008.

Technology and social trends have changed the environment for the average nonprofit… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on May 17, 2008 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Lipstick Writer's Orlando Blog Journal-Day 2

I came close to not writing this entry--but storytellers are fearless, we tell the good and the ugly so here goes.

Day 2 at the 2008 Orlando Fringe

I woke up, called home and headed back to the festival site. (I'm staying about 20 minutes away.) I had a 10:00am tech rehersal so I had plenty time for coffee. I usually enter a performing place, make sure the mic works (if I need one) and if it doesn't I hurry about and try to fix it. Then I work on seating, tickets, etc and… Continue

Added by Rivka Willick on May 16, 2008 at 12:26pm — 3 Comments

Lipstick Writer's Daily Fringe Journal - Orlando is a place in the sun!

Over then next 12 days you are invited to my world through this blog. I will keep a daily journal, more or less, and share a virtual fringe experience. I will keep adding, so please check back every now and again.

DAY 1 Tuesday May 14th

I got on a plane at 6AM and left my New Jersey world. The last few days were rough. My mother-in-law became critically sick last week and died on Sunday. The funneral was Monday. I thought of canceling but my husband insisted that I get on… Continue

Added by Rivka Willick on May 15, 2008 at 1:11pm — 2 Comments

My Father's D-Day Story

My Father’s D-Day Story

In looking back on how I fell into storytelling, I began to realize my Father is a great storyteller. As a child I heard stories about my family, but on some occasions I would hear my Father talk about his experiences landing a Glider on the early morning hours of D-Day behind the beaches of Normandy.

My Dad (Dr. Byron James Sharp) was a young Lieutenant in what was then the United States Army Air Force. He was trained to fly a plane called a DC-3,… Continue

Added by David S. Sharp on May 14, 2008 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Dance Pinnochio

Dance Pinnochio

I told this story at a Music and Storytelling concert last March, 2007, when our group was asked for an encore.

During the day I work part-time for the American Federation of Musicians, Local 104 as the Business agent. My office co-worker is also a musician contractor and plays in a German, Swiss, Bavarian band called Salzburger Echo. They travel to the various Octoberfests and ethnic festivals around the country. My friend came to work one day dressed in… Continue

Added by David S. Sharp on May 14, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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