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May 2009 Blog Posts (27)


This weekend in the capital of Virgina, story lovers have a wonderful opportunity to hear an entire evening of funny stories. Four tellers from both the VIRGINIA STORYTELLING ALLIANCE & THE TELL TALE HEARTS (Including yours truly) will be performing at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. It's a do not miss event. Please feel free to learn more at

Added by Anthony Burcher on May 31, 2009 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Graduates, Tell Your Story !

Graduates, Tell Your Story

By: Storyteller Joe Paris

Author’s note: This article expands on the usual meaning of "Storytelling" and moves that term out into the mainstream of life, as it should be.

As graduates everywhere take their first steps out into their brave new worlds this Spring and Summer, I am reminded of what my Grandma Lillian always said:

"Telling your story in the world is very important, and to tell your story most effectively, you must… Continue

Added by Storyteller Joe Paris on May 31, 2009 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Matthew Trilligan - A Ghost Story

Storyteller Dale Jarvis tells a ghost story from Casey's Lane in downtown St. John's, Newfoundland,… Continue

Added by Dale Jarvis on May 30, 2009 at 8:59pm — No Comments

How Swine Flu Began

Every now and then, you have to concede that a picture tells the whole story.

Added by Reisa Stone on May 28, 2009 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments


I find it interesting what books I gravitate towards when I go to the local library, as I did today, with my son Vincent. Today I got four books – two were about queens of England around (but before) the Tudor period, and two were about true crime. Queens and crime. Hmmm. Must mean something.

At any rate, I have already decided that one of the true crime books is not to my liking so am left with three books. The one I have started reading is the remaining true crime books and I am… Continue

Added by Patricia Seeley on May 28, 2009 at 11:07pm — 6 Comments

Storytelling & Cultures

Storytelling &… Continue

Added by Dr. Nellie Deutsch on May 28, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Directing and Nurturing a Storytelling Group - Post #5, The End by Mimi Rockwell

I could have titled this post "Unexpected Changes." Quite unintentionally, I made the decision to resign from Beaver Creek Storytellers as their Director on May 21. Here's how it came about:

On April 10 I was finding it more and more difficult to breathe. I had had a cough and cold symptoms all week, but no fever so medicated myself with OTC meds. But that Friday, I actually used my husband's oxygen all day. When I got no better, I called the doctor who ordered me to the ER. I was… Continue

Added by Mimi Rockwell on May 26, 2009 at 11:43pm — 6 Comments

from the Holy Land

Hi All,

we have now finished running workshops with Jewish and Arab groups. First event was a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank called Tul Karem, where we met Palestinians and heard their experience, followed by a meeting of 50 people (25 from each side) who met in an olive grove to share experiences hosted by Combatents for Peace, a group of ex-warriors from both sides who have decided that the gun won't solve the problems. We met under a canopy and despite three… Continue

Added by Roisin Murray on May 26, 2009 at 11:08am — 2 Comments

Coast-to-coast trip day 2 (Gneiting)

Hi everyone. Just updated my cycling/storytelling journal. If you're interested in following the journey click here.

Added by Layne Gneiting on May 25, 2009 at 11:37pm — 1 Comment

I have just come across a wee story/poem that I wrote a couple of years ago

I was wondering if anyone ever comes across something they have written and put on line then forgotten all about them, I was looking through my friends website/blog. the other day and came across two of my tongue in cheek poems as I call them, it was before I developed the new Dodies Dream World, and I sent them to her to view and hadn't realised she had put them out for me.

I haven't had much time to do hardly any writing this past week, as I have to tell you all that my mother in law had… Continue

Added by Dorothy Milnes Simm (Seligor) on May 25, 2009 at 1:34pm — No Comments

When your art is "working"

I am currently working on a project here in Bellingham, Washington, and I am seeking feedback to the following question:

"What elements are present when artists reach a point where their art is "working," that is, when their art reaches a state of flow?

Doug Banner

Added by Doug Banner on May 20, 2009 at 6:37pm — 3 Comments

Haunted Victoria Street

Added by Dale Jarvis on May 20, 2009 at 2:48pm — No Comments

The Diary of an Itinerant Storyteller

This year I am keeping a diary/blog of all the venues I'm telling at this year. Its called...
The Diary of an Itinerant Storyteller
Its just been updated with trips to the British Museum, a Medieval fayre, a Castle and an Elizabethan Manor House. Fell free to check it out...

Dave the Yarnsmith

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on May 19, 2009 at 8:49am — No Comments

Hearts ease.

This story is written for a close friend at a difficult time. I hope it helps.

In the old times, when time was stiller than now, there lived a young man.

Taking his sword in his hand, the young man decided that the moment had come when he must walk out into the world, and find the song which had been calling him for so many years.

The song had been whispering gently to him from time to time, in… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on May 18, 2009 at 2:29pm — No Comments

The pain of Dragon - era

One hour ago, or was it one day ago, or one week ago? Anyhoooo - there was a time in a time when a man went walking.

He was a tall man, slim, with grey trousers and long black hair. He wore a hair shirt which dug deeply into his skin, and it pained him all the time. He could not take off the shirt for the hairs had grown into his skin and were embroiled within his being.

Walking along the road, he spied a tall tower.… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on May 17, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Have you ever heard of a lady called Helen Parry Eden, she died age 25 years old, what a sad loss to the world of storytelling.

Four Paws

Four-Paws, the kitten from the farm,

Is come to live with Betsey Jane,

Leaving the stack-yard for the warm

Flower-compassed cottage in the lane,

To wash his idle face and play

Among chintz cushions all the day.

Under the shadow of her hair

He lies, who loves him nor desists

To praise his whiskers and compare

The Tabby bracelets on his wrists

Omelette at…

Added by Dorothy Milnes Simm (Seligor) on May 17, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Storytelling for Peace in the Holy Land

Have just spent four weeks with 13 other storytellers from 11 countries in all, working in Emerson college ~Sussex, UK. Two of our group Roi Gal-Or and Ethan Freidman are programme carriers for a great event - we are going to the Holy Land to work with Arab and Jewish storytellers, teachers, parents and young people. We will host workshops in various places, and at the end of May we are performing in Galilee at a Storytelling for Peace Festival in Harduf. for more info see… Continue

Added by Roisin Murray on May 14, 2009 at 8:04am — 2 Comments

Here is a Wee Folktale from Scotland, within the United Kingdom

The Wee, Wee Mannie

A Scottish Folktale

ONCE upon a time, when all big folks were wee ones and all lies were true, there was a wee, wee Mannie that had a big, big Coo. And out he went to milk her of a morning, and said ;

'Hold still, my Coo, my hinny,

Hold still, my hinny, my Coo,

And ye shall have for your dinner

What but a milk white doo.'

But the big, big Coo wouldn't hold still. 'Hout!' said the… Continue

Added by Dorothy Milnes Simm (Seligor) on May 13, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Muppets Visit Seattle

Here's something interesting! I may drive down to Seattle for this. Anyone else thinking of going?

Jim Henson's Fantastic World

Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum

May 23 - August 16, 2009

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, organized by the Smithsonian Institution and The Jim Henson Legacy, will make its West Coast debut at Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame from May 23 – August 16, 2009. The exhibition features original… Continue

Added by Reisa Stone on May 13, 2009 at 3:58pm — No Comments

A Groovy Quote:- or stuck in a rut with a dragon!!!!!

A Groovy Quote:- or stuck in a rut with a dragon!!!!!

Could this possible be the description of an old vinyl record, as In the Groove.

Of course it could also be the grooves made by the wheels of a cart, or even a scooter, anything really that when travelling through mud forms a groove. When Valcour was at the meeting in the Great Chamber after Baizals death. He left deep grooves with his talons on the table, just before he killed Yodroth.

(The Dragon Lords, Book One,… Continue

Added by Dorothy Milnes Simm (Seligor) on May 13, 2009 at 12:03pm — No Comments

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