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June 2008 Blog Posts (39)

Steps in time

Starting afresh, beginning a new, round the corner into the next universe, a light shining from away above, following the star that beckons. Having been blind to the call for so long, and listening to the wild call of the story. Stretching out baby arms to the glistening flow of music that pulls my heart strings until they

vibrate in tune with the flow of the natural rhythm.

Just sitting, thumb mouthed, watching round eyed as the…


Added by Olivia Wells on June 25, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Directing and Nurturing a Storytelling Group - Post #4, by Mimi Rockwell

Last Saturday evening, June 21, was the date scheduled for Mid-Summer's Night Performance by the Beaver Creek Storytellers. Unfortunately, the group decided to cancel it. There were several reasons. My husband, Rocky, went into the hospital with a severe COPD episode on Fri. morning which necessitated my cancelling the tv appearance I had set up to promote the show. (He was hospitalized until Monday morning.) Also, another of our members had a death in her extended family that required her to… Continue

Added by Mimi Rockwell on June 25, 2008 at 1:03am — 1 Comment

Meeting my Mom....when she was 18 years old

Today my Mother had me bring home some precious and old LPs and recordings to my house while her house is undergoing some major interior design renovations. In the process of packing them up there were some fun discoveries such as my Monkees "Headquarters" album that I thought was long gone and an assortment of original cast/soundtrack LPs from the 50s and 60s of my favorite Broadway musicals. One spectacular discovery was a recording of a children's choir from St Josephs School in Libertyville… Continue

Added by Judy Comer-Schultz on June 22, 2008 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Philadelphia Workshop Details Added

We've finished the page with the " Live!" workshop details.

You can download the .pdf flyer at this link or

You can get more info here.

So, PA, DE, NJ and MD folks...we're gonna be in your neighborhood in September!

Register by July 3rd for the best deal

Added by Sean Buvala on June 20, 2008 at 10:32pm — 2 Comments

Lipstick Writer – What I Learned at the Seminar Last Night.

Last night I went to a seminar on “What to consider when designing your CD/DVD cover.” I hopped on 2 trains, got to Manhattan and walked 5 blocks. I got to the seminar 10 minutes early and sat down. Everybody got a packet of stuff. There was a little round, blue plastic thing on top of the pile. I had no idea what it was. I figured, “I’m really out of it,” until a woman sitting next to me asked what it was. I asked a few more people. It turned out almost no one knew what it was and assumed… Continue

Added by Rivka Willick on June 20, 2008 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

A Strawberry Eatin' Day

It is a strawberry eatin' day.
A day to wander down to a patch
An' just squat on your haunches
Maybe, if the berries
Are real good an' abundant
We'll just sit right down
In the midst of them vines.
Reachin' out all sorts of ways
Just a grabbin' handfuls
Stuffin' them in our mouths.
Hungry for the sweetness
That runs down our chin
In our passion for summer
An' Strawberries.

Added by Stephen Hollen on June 20, 2008 at 8:32am — 2 Comments

Everything To Do With Your Work.

(From my main blog.)

“But I don’t need corporate storytelling, it has nothing to do with my work.”

I was in a city across the country from me and I was teaching the corporate storytelling version of my “Storytelling 101" presentation for a large company. The training had been designated as a “not mandatory but… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on June 17, 2008 at 7:53pm — 1 Comment

check out Lynne Duddy's new portal website -

Just finished this project and I'd love to know what you think of it. Like you, I'm a storyteller, but I have an eclectic mix of other things that I do. The easiest way to explain it, might be to say that I put left-brain and right-brain skills on equal footing, motivating people of both minds to collaborate. Story is the common denominator for all of my work. This website is an attempt to bring story to the forefront and let the world know what I have to offer.

Added by Lynne Duddy on June 17, 2008 at 7:27pm — 1 Comment

An old old story

An old Cherokee is telling his granddaughter about a fight that is going on inside himself. He said it is between two wolves. One is evil: Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good: Joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The granddaughter thought about it for a… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on June 17, 2008 at 12:27pm — 4 Comments

PreRelease Sale of the Marketing Audio Kit!

As they say, it's a smoking deal...

I am doing a "soft release" of the "Outside In

Storytelling Marketing Boot Camp" Audio Training Kit. The kit will

include 4-5 CD's of audio training, most of which was recorded live

at the OISB Camp. Your kit will also have the handouts and

worksheets, and a certificate for 1/2 hour of phone coaching. All

of this will be in a three ring binder. I am releasing the kit on or

about July 15, 2008. We don't have the final… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on June 17, 2008 at 11:56am — No Comments Live in Philadelphia., PA!

Hey all, just a heads up that I am bringing the " Live!" event to Philadelphia on Saturday, September 27, 2008. Currently scheduled for a hotel near the airport. More info to follow very soon. Mark your calendars.

Added by Sean Buvala on June 17, 2008 at 11:51am — No Comments

"Sleepy Storyteller: 5 Reasons to call Mr. Sandman"--posted by Rachel Hedman

You glance at the clock. It says 1:23am and still you are working on a project. With a few more minutes, you could rest knowing that you accomplished what you wanted to do.

Another look and the clock says 2:17am. Your eyes are heavy, but more and more an all-nighter seems to be on the schedule.

Heavy sigh.

The stage may have a sleepy storyteller, but at least it was worth getting things done.

Sound… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on June 16, 2008 at 7:24pm — 2 Comments

Father's Day - a Daddy's perspective

Dear Cousins,

First of all, Happy Father's Dady to all of you who are Daddy to someone. It is a wonderful day. You are an unsung hero, a knight who has rescued your children over and over again from the boogerman under the bed, a dentist who had bravely grabbed a loose tooth that just won't give way to little fingers, a tooth fairy who waits till a little one is asleep and slips coins under a pillow in exchange for the tooth you pulled early in the day.

You are the teary-eyed… Continue

Added by Stephen Hollen on June 15, 2008 at 8:12pm — 1 Comment

Nurturing A Storytelling Group - Post #3 by Mimi Rockwell

I promised I'd let you know how our parking lot sale on June 7 turned out. Unfortunately, we chose one of the hottest days so far this year--94 degrees by noon. Six members (including I) were there shortly after 7:00 a.m. to set up and begin to sell at 8:00. There were 75 other yard sales listed in the newspaper for that day including several large churches and the Bristol TN High School, only a few blocks away. So we were not overrun with customers, but by 2:00 p.m. when we shut down, we had… Continue

Added by Mimi Rockwell on June 14, 2008 at 7:25pm — No Comments

The poems of Hafiz..

I recently was introduced to the poetry of Hafiz - wonder-fully translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

I wanted to share one here with you, it is so beautiful. It is from the book "The Gift"

Covers her Face with both hands


we speak

Becomes the house we live in.

Who will want to sleep in your bed

If the roof leaks

Right above


Look what… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on June 14, 2008 at 6:59am — 1 Comment

My New Web-site

Please check out my new web-site. It’s still under construction but it has a good idea of what I’m about. I would like you pro-storytellers to tell me what you think.
Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller

Added by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on June 13, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Perilous Journey

I left yesterday on a storytelling trip to eastern West Virginia: three gigs in two days, all for 4-H camps. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it?

I live on the western side of the state, so I would be driving all the way across West Virginia, almost to the Virginia border. Traveling across such mountainous terrain can be...exciting. Fortunately I built in extra time; I needed it.

I had not left my hollow before I met the first obstacle. Recent flooding had clogged ditches and… Continue

Added by Granny Sue on June 10, 2008 at 9:06pm — 3 Comments

Storytelling works and breaks down barriers in learning

Storytelling is a great key to breaking down the barriers felt by children with second language problems.

I have just worked with two groups with many lacks in social skills and learning disabilities. During the course drama and english, I had them build up small scenarios around the storytelling building blocks - person - place and problem. It seems if you have two things that are difficult in play at the same time, they outweigh each other and you might as well just go for it and do it.… Continue

Added by Laura Kamis Wrang on June 9, 2008 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

The Holy Tree

The Holy Tree

I've told this story just once to an audience, during a Saint Patrick's

Day concert we did in a theatre with our band "Idlewild" and a troop of

step dancers, a pipe band and some of my storytelling, four years ago.

At the time some years ago I would travel to and fro in downtown Salt Lake

City and in one part of the inner city neighborhood my wife and I would have lunch at a wonderful little Japanese Restaurant called the Koko Kitchen. They… Continue

Added by David S. Sharp on June 9, 2008 at 1:04pm — No Comments

the book..

Here, resting on a raw wooden table lies a book.

No ordinary book this.

Its cover worn, torn and wasted, covered with scratches and rubbed raw.

Clasped firmly over the page edges a rusty worn gold lock, inscribed with the words,

“Mirabile dictu”

A child, sandy haired, of young age, reaches out to the book. As his fingers touch

the worn leather cover he senses the stirring life within.

Excitement, wonder, joy, laughter, tears, sadness – all…


Added by Olivia Wells on June 9, 2008 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

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