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July 2008 Blog Posts (31)

Well, once every 4 months is...

...a "periodic" blog! I've been incredibly busy, not only as a performer, but also in my day job. So, I guess it's time for an update!

I had just been a singer, back-up singer and percussionist for the music performance class in which I was a participant back in March. That was whole bunches of fun!

After that, in April, Linda Jacobson from Boulder and I gave a new workshop on the power of story - the stories we tell ourselves that dictate how we react in everyday life, as… Continue

Added by Sondra Singer on July 26, 2008 at 7:57pm — 5 Comments

Pictures of Minors Posted on This Site

We have a lot of pictures of children posted on this very public site. Is that a good thing? For all the pictures of children, do we have releases for these? Do we need them? Should we be posting pictures of other people's kids on a public forum like this?

I don't know the answer, I am just asking the question. Seems it might be a problem, but hey, what do I know?

Added by Sean Buvala on July 26, 2008 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Storytelling Conference in Phoenix August 2009?

Okay, I'll keep the comments open on this one.

"The Professional Storyteller's Conference"
August 2009
Phoenix AZ

Multiple deep focused learning tracks and/or retreat
Breakout Storytelling
Emergent Concert

Small group.
Large Group Sessions are future focused.
Advance Track and Beginner Track
New model for the structure.
Affordable hotels in the area.

Added by Sean Buvala on July 26, 2008 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

No NSN Conference in Los Angeles in 2009.

The National Storytelling Network hasn't officially announced this yet, but there will be no NSN National storytelling conference in Los Angeles in 2009.

(See Jo Radner's comment of July 23, 2008 here)


what if they refused to hold a conference...

and we all showed up anyway.

Chime in at the forum:… Continue

Added by Tim E on July 26, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

Free Marketing TeleCourse 7/28: Will Your Clients Call YOU First?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Will Your Clients Call YOU First?: Ten Things to Stay In the MindTops of Your Customers and Clients

6:00 PM Pacific Time/ 9:00 PM Eastern

Click here to check the time in your area.

A mini marketing course! You must stay in the mind tops of your clients and customers. If not, they…

Added by Sean Buvala on July 24, 2008 at 5:11pm — No Comments

The Greenbrier Ghost

A poetry forum suggested writing a ballad as a writing prompt. The Greenbrier Ghost is West Virginia's most famous ghost story, and seemed like a good topic. Here's my ballad:

The Greenbrier Ghost

Zona was a maiden lovely

Just sixteen years of age

When murder stole her sweet young life

By her cruel husband’s rage

Trout Shue the smith was dark and strong

And handsome, some would say

But his true nature showed itself

One January… Continue

Added by Granny Sue on July 22, 2008 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Come Join Me!

Anyone interested in a new group I have started to discuss works involving the civil war or characters from that time period. Anything in that time period is up for open discussion. I do a first person account as does Bill who inspired this new group. I also do other stories from that time period. Sometimes in costume sometimes not. Hoop skirts are lots of fun to make you feel you are in that period, just dont try to drive a Jeep in one! That is from a funny personal story I tell about… Continue

Added by Carolyn Stearns on July 18, 2008 at 10:40pm — No Comments

What are some great year long storytelling themes?

I'm trying to brainstorm some.

Perhaps I'm just a bit creatively drained from Summer Reading, Vacation Bible School and Camp telling but I'm having some difficulty coming with with an overall Sept-May theme to play off of.

In the past, I've used Around the World, Holidays, School Curriculum tie in themes, and random themes assigned to me.

I really enjoy having a bigger theme to work off of though I'm having trouble putting one into words at the moment. So any… Continue

Added by Lisa Hicks on July 18, 2008 at 12:07am — 4 Comments

Virtual Storyteller: Going in Blind & Telling Clearly--posted by Rachel Hedman

Thanks to JJ Drinkwater, virtual Caledon Librarian on Second Life, for making this article possible through the invitation to tell stories in a different kind of venue as well as for sharing the snapshot above of my premiere performance on July 5, 2008.

Being a couple weeks new to Second Life (SL), a 3-D virutal world found on the Internet for social and business purposes, I accepted the chance… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on July 17, 2008 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Multicolored Newsletter!

To all storytellers who might be interested: the first issue of the Multicolored Newsletter is ready! (yay!) It has two Hungarian folktales in it, translated into English, with background information, some news from Jonesborough, books and other fun stuff.
If you want a copy (.pdf attachment in email), let me know!

Added by Csenge Zalka on July 17, 2008 at 2:10pm — 2 Comments

Difficult Client : Theme Help?

All of my other clients are thrilled at what I do. Last year I did stories from around the world and we were going to continue this year.

One of my clients used to be a teacher. She is now in charge of a library. She doesn't like going around the world in story. It seems to scare her.

She doesn't like me doing anything but old traditional stories.

When she mentions a specific story she'd like me to do, such as The Gingerbread Man, it usually turns out I've done… Continue

Added by Lisa Hicks on July 16, 2008 at 12:30am — 15 Comments

"How to Make Your First CD" Free TeleCourse on Thursday 7/24

Thursday, July 24

“Making Your CD: Step by Step to Getting It Right The First Time”

7:00 PM Pacific/10 PM Eastern

Ready to make your first CD of storytelling or public speaking? STOP what you are doing and get in on this next free telecourse from Master Storyteller Sean Buvala walks you through the twelve steps you need to make a CD. Do you need to order a thousand CDs at once? What is mastering? What’s the last step that many tellers miss? How do…

Added by Sean Buvala on July 15, 2008 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Ancient Secrets of Public Speaking. 7/21 Free TeleCourse

Monday, July 21:

The Ancient Secrets of Public Speaking: Five Things You Must Know to Take Your Speaking and Presenting to the Next Level

4:00 PM Pacific Time/ 7:00PM Eastern. Check out your time zone here.

Ready to be a master speaker? Your audience will never "check their watches" again when you embrace a few great truths…

Added by Sean Buvala on July 15, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New recording

Greetings All, I Continue to be involved and busy here at summer camp, but thanks to my computer literate wife, I've added a free story to my page for your listening pleasure. Please have a listen and enjoy the summer. I need to get back to work. See you in the fall, My Best, Anthony

Added by Anthony Burcher on July 15, 2008 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Free TeleCourse: "So You Want to be a Professional Storyteller" 7/17

Free TeleCourse on July 17, Thursday:

"So You Want To Be a Professional Storyteller?"

July 17, 4:00PM Pacific/7:00PM Eastern

One of the most popular teleconferences we offer. Let’s be blunt: You can turn any corner in any city and you'll bump into someone who wants to be a professional storyteller. Yet, few of these people are ready for the genuine commitment (and very hard work) it takes to be a part-time or full-time storyteller. Are you ready to run a business?…

Added by Sean Buvala on July 12, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Audience reactions

When I go to my son’s school music concerts, I’m always amazed at the concert behavior some of the audience exhibits. When a group performs, one should be quiet. When your child has finished performing and there are other musical groups to follow, you don’t leave. Yet adults either do these things or sit by while children do them. How do you instill the love of art and music, if you demonstrate to your child that the only reason you are there is because your child is in it, not because you… Continue

Added by Harvey Heilbrun on July 12, 2008 at 1:04pm — 2 Comments

Ancient Secrets of Public Speaking: Free Telecourse 7/16

The Ancient Secrets of Public Speaking: Five Things You Must Know to Take Your Speaking and Presenting to the Next Level

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

12 Noon Pacific Time/ 3:00PM Eastern

Check your local time here.

Ready to be a master speaker? Your audience will never "check their watches" again when you embrace a few… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on July 11, 2008 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Writing songs

I’ve always been impressed how singer/storytellers like Bill Harley, Michael Parent, and others create the songs that they write and perform. In the past year, I’ve written two songs, both of which I would like to use in my storytelling events. What has fascinated me is how these songs came to me.

The first song, “Tell Me A Story”, which is the theme for my performances came to me a week before I was to perform at the… Continue

Added by Harvey Heilbrun on July 11, 2008 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Mountains laid low

Mountains destroyed

Hills laid low

Torn open to its heart.

Heart of the mountain

Ancient root of life

Precious black coal

Ripped from the depths

Broken and crushed

Moved, trucked and taken

From the hills of home

To power plants, factories

And homes distant

From our mountains.

The rubble, discard and ruins

Thrown down

Tumbled to the valley

Crushing and filling the hollers

With no thought

Of the beauty…

Added by Stephen Hollen on July 10, 2008 at 4:22pm — 1 Comment

Call for Tellers (Northern California/SF Bay Area) - Tell It On Tuesday Auditions

I'm forwarding this at the behest of Rebecca Fisher and Bridget Frederick, the producers of Tell It on Tuesday, a monthly showcase for solo performance held in Berkeley, California.

They are holding auditions for their next season. Tell It On Tuesday showcases 4 performers the last Tuesday of each month at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley.

Performers such as Liz… Continue

Added by Tim E on July 9, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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