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September 2010 Blog Posts (21)

A Simple Thought

I found a little book in an antique shop last week called Flowers from Dickens. It is not in great condition, but the lithographs are beautiful, on heavy off-white paper and accompanied by quotes from Charles Dickens' many books. The book opened to this quotation:…


Added by Granny Sue on September 30, 2010 at 12:06pm — No Comments

No Tale to Tell - A new story on my story blog

The nights are drawing in and so its time for all us storytellers to turn our attention to those darker, Devilish tales like the one that I've just this day set down on my story blog...

But just…

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on September 27, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments


We are human beings, not human doings, and in every way we are made up of many colours, some dark, some light, some demanding, some gentle.

The dark and demanding are necessary for us to take action and the gentle and spiritual are for nurturing.

When we accept all that we are, then we can accept all that is in others.

Added by Olivia Wells on September 22, 2010 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Experience Northern Ireland: Titanic and More NYC Grand Central Station

Anyone near New York City or passing through Grand Central Station from 23- 30th September. I will be there for a week-long celebration of Northern Ireland’s tourism, featuring signature project themed displays; activities; culture; food and entertainment. The main stage will host fine music, drama and storytelling - all FREE! I…


Added by Liz Weir on September 19, 2010 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Lao Tsu and the Tears

In the times of great long ago, there lived a woman, in China.

This woman was very unhappy, her family had thrown her out, she had no home, no family and was in the depths of despair.

"What am I to do - how can I live when there is nothing in this life and nobody who loves me?"

She sat quietly by the side of the river, her tears forming a tiny stream which flowed down to meet the waters of the river.

Each tiny tear pooled at her side until they all… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 19, 2010 at 6:58am — No Comments

Take a leaf..

Take a leaf,

from the heart of a friend,

it is there to share with you

spend it wisely,

the love that it brings

is valid for time long

and a day.

Measure it and you will see

that it reaches beyond the sunrise

and slips between your fingers

if you let it go.

Be gentle..

it is intended,

just for you.

Added by Olivia Wells on September 17, 2010 at 8:22am — No Comments

Words in the moment

This minute,

is ringed around with every feeling that

exists in this wide universe.

Like a silver coated rainbow running

rings round my soul, in darkness

and lightness, pulled here and there

I sit amidst the storm of passion and

fury, waiting for the centre to pass,

not to be swept away by the emotional

trash that flings itself my way,

the emotional detritus of everyone… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 17, 2010 at 8:21am — No Comments

Speaking to love..

Today I raised my voice and said

"Love - its time to come here and hold hands,

we're struggling, pushing our way

through the mud of every day life and there you

sit, just watching and laughing!"

Love turned to me and smiled,

"What do you want of me? All I

have given you, you turn away

and throw down as if rubbish

was more important.

I say that the rubbish of love is

greater… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 17, 2010 at 8:19am — No Comments

Waiting on a raindrop

That grey ol sky, he just poured raindrops on me,

so I looked up and pointed at him.

"Hey sky, whatchoo think you doin?

I don't deserve this rain! Why for you cryin?"

The sky answered smiling

"Today is a day for rain, tomorrow may be a different day,

for sunshine, and today I am…

Added by Olivia Wells on September 17, 2010 at 8:18am — No Comments

Unnamed poem


is sitting on my hands, running through my fingers

it passes by like water that I just cannot

touch or feel.

When the tomorrow comes that is the final

tomorrow will things come to rest, or will

the puzzle still need to be solved?

the pieces lie in my lap, some of them seem to fit,

and others wait in the wings to be recognised.

What is the difference between the whole picture

and the tiny piece that I… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 17, 2010 at 8:15am — No Comments

Poem for a friend...

Ode to a son...

Ode to a son.

Like an angry jewel,

your blood red rage

filled my soul

with black dread.

The demon in you, spoke

in words of fire

never finding space

to sip the milk of love

that was offered.

Sometimes the child

that you were,

appeared like a wraith

reaching out to me

in heart… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 17, 2010 at 8:14am — No Comments

What is it?

Here. This once upon a time thing. This once it was and I was there. What is it? Shall I walk around it, or sit and watch it.

My hand reaches out to touch, and yet, I cannot see it. So near and yet so far. A bump. A tiny bird feeling - something old, not new, not borrowed and definitely blue.

The wind rushes by my window, just as I rush through life, not pausing to stop, to wait - just for a moment.

This one thing, has been waiting beside, behind, and above, for… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 17, 2010 at 8:12am — No Comments

Cutting out my heart...

Today I threw spears at my soul,

I took up a burnished sword,

and cut out my heart,

calling myself names that you wouldn't understand,

shouting at myself like there was no tomorrow,

until the wise teller inside me said

"peace...what is point of your raging,

there is nothing that you have done

that needs changing - all is here and

all is well"

So I shook her hand, and said thank you

smiling, briefly, and waving my knife

behind my… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 17, 2010 at 8:11am — No Comments

Reflections on Alzheimers...and Autism

Today I saw you,

lost in a little world,

that was yours, dreaming

listening, singing songs

that had nothing to do with me,

a world that I cannot touch

cannot see, and will never know.

Robbing me of the human

being that I know, or knew,

smiling a smile that I've never seen

before, for some reason that is


And a child, lost in his quietness,

writing invisible things in the sky,

watching beyond my sight and… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on September 17, 2010 at 8:09am — No Comments

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Added by Sean Buvala on September 15, 2010 at 6:03pm — 3 Comments

Starting to teach Story Workshops at the local Galway Arts Centre, Sept 2010

The Art of Storytelling at the Galway Arts Centre starting Sept 20th

Struggle to tell a tale? Choke up when it's your turn at the party? Always wanted to tell a story but never know how to begin? Then come to the Introductory course in storytelling at the Galway Arts Centre with International Performance storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy. Learn the art of narration, how to build your story, how to…

Added by Clare Muireann Murphy on September 13, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Portland Story Theater Opens Its 2010/11 Season

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Added by Lynne Duddy on September 9, 2010 at 7:23pm — No Comments

A new traditional food for Rosh Hashana

During the first night of Rosh Hashana there are many traditional foods that we eat. We dip the apple into the honey, eat round Challa, eat a fish head (so we will be the head not the tail), fish (so we will multiply), carrots, beets, gourds, dates, cabbage/leeks, pomegranate, and new fruits.…


Added by Rivka Willick on September 8, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Doorinna the snake-dragon.

There was once a white dragon, one that lived on the very edge of time, splitting her life into distinct places which…

Added by Olivia Wells on September 6, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Performance storytelling to make a splash at CULTURE NIGHT, Galway, September 24th 2010

Hello my Voracious Verbal Artists and Friends of the Spoken Word

September dawns heralding the start of the best month of weather in Ireland. September also heralds the dawn of Performance Storytelling to be seen in my lovely city here in the West of Ireland.

Once a year the galleries, theatres, bookshops, libraries and every conceivable artistic space around Ireland open their doors to the public one Friday Night in September for Culture Night. The idea is to celebrate… Continue

Added by Clare Muireann Murphy on September 4, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

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