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August 2008 Blog Posts (31)

September 2008: Reading Coast to Coast

Our summer library season is over, and we are ready to begin touring to schools in the fall. But in between the two, we took some time off to take a 10-day, 325-mile bike tour in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Camping in a tent, we explored Cape Cod, Plymouth (we picnicked by Plymouth Rock) and Newport, and the countryside connecting them, on two wheels.

It was our first time ever to visit Newport, a colorful little seaside city steeped in history – and also steeped in music, being…


Added by Act!vated Story Theatre on August 31, 2008 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Signing off Professional Storyteller as We Evacuate - Dianne de Las Casas


We off to see the Wizard... My family and I are heading to Birmingham, Alabama. Thank you all for your well-wishes and prayers. I will be signing off PS for a little while as we journey to safety. You can keep up with me on my website,

Godspeed and safe travels to all hurricane evacuees. May Gustav be kind...


Dianne de Las Casas

Founder of Professional… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on August 31, 2008 at 12:39am — 2 Comments

Collecting Stories from People: How do you gather the right group.

I want to hear, then tell some good ghost stories. I have been reading ghost story compilations and looking through old news papers, you know all the “Research” stuff. And believe me, there is gold in them pages. I have also been looking through the Urban Legends too and have found some good stuff. But I want what’s being told now, at campfires, slumber parties, office retreats, you know the stories that scare people now.

So to that end, I want to go out and talk to the people and… Continue

Added by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on August 30, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Hurricane Gustav Updates from Dianne de Las Casas


Here in the New Orleans area where I live, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued by 8am tomorrow (August 31, 2008). The airport is closed and my oldest daughter (Soleil, age 18) is in Houston, visiting her boyfriend. Her flight home was canceled so we have her rerouted to Birmingham, AL, where my family and I are heading. We have a hotel room and hope they don’t give it away. That happened to us during… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on August 30, 2008 at 9:13pm — 6 Comments

The Ghostly Lady at Number 16

A ghost story from the city of Valletta, Malta. Told by storyteller Dale Gilbert Jarvis, and recorded live at the "Voices in the Vaults Summer Storytelling Series" on Friday, August 29, in the Newman Wine Vaults Provincial Historic Site, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

A classic ghost story,…


Added by Dale Jarvis on August 30, 2008 at 6:45am — 1 Comment

Dianne de Las Casas Evacuating from Hurricane Gustav


If anyone is interested in following my family's journey (leaving New Orleans and evacuating from Hurricane Gustav), I will be blogging ( and twittering ( Godspeed to everyone on the Gulf Coast. You can also find me on (Dianne de Las… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on August 29, 2008 at 8:52pm — 3 Comments

Gustav: We're Watching You! - Dianne de Las Casas


2 days marks the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (August 29, 2005). It's very eerie to see the warnings and all the officials taking extra precautions, preparing for the worst. Several computer models have Gustav heading towards to New Orleans. Right now, the cone extends from the Texas border to Tampa, Florida. We're smack in the middle. Predictions have the storm at a Category 3 (winds at 111-130mph) or higher. Haiti broke up Gustav and he has been downgraded to a… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on August 27, 2008 at 7:32pm — 5 Comments

Mark Your Calendars Alert: February 2009 Outside In Storytelling Marketing

Hi folks-

Mark your calendars! We've set the next live "Outside In Storytelling Marketing Boot Camp." Set aside the dates of February 26-28, 2009 in Phoenix. This workshop, running Thursday to Saturday, will change your career. More info coming soon or click here now.

Added by Sean Buvala on August 27, 2008 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Summer ends

Hello all, Summer camp 2008 here at Makemie Woods has come and gone. It wasn't too hot and the kids weren't more annoying than kids should be. Now with camp over, I am looking forward to telling as many stories as I can this fall to whomever will listen. Also, if I can come hear anyone and be supportive, let me know, and job willing/allowing I'll be there. If you have time, please give the audio story I posted a listen. I think it will make you smile. See you soon, Anthony

Added by Anthony Burcher on August 27, 2008 at 6:28pm — No Comments

New Story Biz Blog Posted - "Information that Synchs In"

Dear Friends in Storytelling:

A new Story Biz Blog has been posted - "Information that Synchs In." Organize your schedule and your contacts the easy way - making technology do the work for you! Enjoy!

Dianne de Las Casas
Author of The Story Biz Handbook
Founder of Professional Storyteller

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on August 27, 2008 at 5:24pm — No Comments

New Releases for The Normal Storyteller

Hello storytelling friends,

I wanted to share the release of two brand new storytelling products. Last week I released a new book called The Basics of Storytelling. That is the good news. The bad news is that it is only available in Taiwan and in Chinese. So - those of us who read only English can only enjoy the pictures and guess at the content. (well - I DO know the content and have it stored on my trusty computer. I will now be seeking a publisher to put out the book in English.)… Continue

Added by Mike Lockett on August 27, 2008 at 11:45am — No Comments

FFHL Blog--"Outreach: Transform Solo Piece to Community Art"--posted by Rachel Hedman

A storyteller does not have to be alone. With all the wondrous art forms out in the world, the merging of them brings about something that more than one person can enjoy.

When I attended a workshop by the Utah Arts Council, I already had the idea of asking for who would like to join me in this "Family Famine: Hunger for Love" premiere set for February 9, 2009. With so many months for preparation, what… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on August 26, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hopping on the Twitter Bus

I've taken the plunge and started using Twitter a lot more, in light of all the travelling I've been doing. It is a great way to keep people updated on what you are doing, and I use it to provide some ever changing information on my website and facebook page.

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to… Continue

Added by Dale Jarvis on August 25, 2008 at 6:28pm — 7 Comments

Concert Was Yesterday!

What a blast! Eight of us plus accompanists performed a wonderful little free concert in the park yesterday. My "story-song" didn't go quite as well as I rehearsed it or as I've performed it before, and the light was bad for my camera. Still trying to decide whether to post the video because I forgot the words to the first verse and had to laugh and stop before starting again! But, the second time I did it, I didn't like the story/opening as well. So, if you guys don't mind seeing me totally… Continue

Added by Sondra Singer on August 25, 2008 at 3:04pm — No Comments

FFHL Blog--"The Beginning--An Idea Formed"--posted by Rachel Hedman

This has not been the first time that I tossed about the idea to create the narrative production "Family Famine: Hunger for Love". I have wrestled with the magnitude of this project since summer of 2005, especially as this will determine my next level as a professional storyteller and ultimately my legacy.

Part of my artist statement says, "I am exploring the strength of family relationships within the lives of historical, mythical,… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on August 22, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

GOODNIGHT FROM HEAVEN ...saying 'goodbye' to a friend

In the stillness of night, when the world was asleep, my heart heard the words: GOODNIGHT FROM HEAVEN. I've hesitated to write about the recent passing away of a dear friend, Neele., but am trying, now, to push some of the pooled and pent up energy I feel in my body, back into the main current, the River that is Life. I want to move the log in the river that… Continue

Added by Mara Hawks on August 22, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Keynote Speech

I Just gave the keynote address for the Playgrounds of Learning Child-Care Conference in Spruce Pine, NC. I recorded this with my iPod. Good quality, but a bit skippy for some reason. Check my Music list to listen!

Added by David Novak on August 22, 2008 at 9:17am — No Comments

I'm Telling in Jonesborough!

Hey ya'll,
All the stars aligned today, and I found out that I'm going to be able to tell at the Thursday night concert at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. I've been part of the "Youthful Voices" segment at Jonesborough, but this will be the first concert with professional tellers at the NSF that I will be a part of. I can't even describe how excited I am! Hope to see many of you there.
-Rixon Lane

Added by Rixon Lane on August 18, 2008 at 6:50pm — 8 Comments

Removing the mask...

High up, lit by the glow of a thousand stars stood a tall tree – its branches strong, firm and filled with the life giving flow of wood sap.

From within the wood heart of the tree, there seemed to come a sound – life leavening, heart strengthening, a singing such as no being had ever heard.

Hanging like fruits from the branches masks of every hue, in rainbow colours

Green wood, silver metalled, bronze branched, diamond sharp faced.…


Added by Olivia Wells on August 18, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

Keeping the fire burning under me

It's been two weeks since I drove home from Fanning the Embers -- a Storytellers' Retreat filled to bursting with the creative spirit. Part of the excitement came from the reaction of my fellow tellers to "The Tale-Teller," a story I wrote but rarely tell. The morning of Aug. 3, I told it. By the time I got home, I had plotted a fantasy novel around it.

Or rather, around both of the stories I wrote using the metaphor of Story Stones. I wrote them at the same time and they're basically the… Continue

Added by Leslie Slape on August 17, 2008 at 9:45pm — No Comments

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