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November 2008 Blog Posts (47)

Wel, this isn't exactly a regular blog, is it? :-)

It's been 3 months since my last post, but it's been busy. I just posted my original story/song, Kathy's Kargo in video form on my page here at Professional Storyteller. I recorded this back in August at a free concert in the park in which I was a participant. It is fairly self-explanatory if you listen to the intro. My first adult song! Anyway, I hope you enjoy Kathy's Kargo! It was shot with my little Flip Video camera, so the quality isn't fabulous, but you'll get the idea!

The… Continue

Added by Sondra Singer on November 30, 2008 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Cook Vs Chef

Especially at this time of year, we need to be reminded of what matters most. This op-ed piece, in the New York Times, gets right to the essence of what it means to cook for those you love.


- Joe Paris

New York Times op-ed piece on "Cooks vs Chefs"

Added by Storyteller Joe Paris on November 29, 2008 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

FFHL Blog--"Latin Tales with the Right Aroma: Pantheon Books"--posted by Rachel Hedman

I can never seem to leave a bookstore empty-handed. The trip to Barnes & Noble was no different.

The book that caught my eye was "Latin American Folktales: stories from Hispanic and Indian traditions"… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on November 28, 2008 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Magic around the bend (Layne Gneiting)

*This entry is the latest from my 2009 coast-to-coast storytelling tour by bike blog found at*

It's strange, these blogs. You never quite know if they're entertaining, enlightening, or just the ill-fitted ramblings of a doddering old fool. Heh. Maybe all of the above?

Much has happened. Much. So much that I don't quite know where to begin, nor what to include. Perhaps I'll just begin, and like the avenue of faith, the way… Continue

Added by Layne Gneiting on November 28, 2008 at 9:47am — No Comments

FFHL Blog--"Trek (7 of 7): Which Title Inspires You?"--posted by Rachel Hedman

If ever you want to expand your mind, then there is someone you must talk with: Dr. Marsha D. Broadway.

This is seven of seven posts relating to my info-gathering trek to BYU on October 21, 2008.

When I wrote my… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on November 28, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

New Website Announcement from Anthony Burcher

Hello Friends, We have been busy here in the Burcher household since Tellabration. (side note, it went very well--our featured teller, Denise Bennett did a great job)

We have been hard at work setting up a new website: Plus, one of the site's features,( not up yet) that I'm most looking forward is a page called "Back-handed Compliments", an opportunity for my storytelling friends to add their own ambiguous back-handed compliment about my storytelling. Examples you… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on November 27, 2008 at 11:31pm — 3 Comments

Chicago area storytellers

A big hello to all of my friends in the Chicago area. I hope you are all well and enjoying this holiday season with friends and family. I have a question for those of you in the Chicago area. Does anyone know the contact name for the Art Institute in Chicago who hires professional storytellers? I am interested in traveling to Chicago to branch out to nearby States and cities. Chicago is a great city and I would appreciate anyone's help in coming to Chicago to do some storytelling. if you have… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on November 27, 2008 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Christmas is Coiming...The Goose is Getting fat... PLEASE Put A Penny in This Old Man's Hat

Christmas is coming and I don't have any gigs lined up this year. Money is very tight in the States right now. I may be working in Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the rest of the holiday season selling magic kits from kiosk. It's money AND something I have recently developed an interest in--magic. While waiting for the holiday season to end, I am working on a Medieval/Renaissance program of stories which I can then market to Renaissance Festivals around the country. After all, I am… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on November 27, 2008 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Holiday Stories, Recipes, Folklore and more

Over the past year I have written many blogposts about the holidays, from cooking to natural crafts to family and Appalachian traditions and folklore. To make all of these posts more accessible, I listed them into one post. I though people on this list might like the quick references for stories and other ideas.

Click here to go to more information about these topics:

Mincemeat and… Continue

Added by Granny Sue on November 25, 2008 at 9:37am — 2 Comments

FFHL Blog--"Trek (6 of 7): 'Battling Out' Story Project Priorities"--posted by Rachel Hedman

I must decide which priorities are most important for the premiere.

This is six of seven posts relating to my info-gathering trek to BYU on October 21, 2008.

Ideally all of the following options would be available, but I may need to drop one or… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on November 24, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Learn to say 'no.'

There is a time to say 'no'

As storytellers, we must learn how to say "no."

Now I realize that this point of view goes against the grain of most of us. We are promoters, givers, sharers, keepers of the flame that stories represent in our and every culture.

But after having told for several decades, I am convinced that one telltale sign of a veteran, quality teller is knowing when to say "no."

To wit:

1. When you become so busy… Continue

Added by Storyteller Joe Paris on November 24, 2008 at 3:44pm — 5 Comments

Brand new Multicolored Newsletter!

Yes! Finally I had some time to finish my second newsletter! It has all kinds of musings from me, plus a Hungarian folktale translated into English with all the additional tidbits, and book recommendations too. And pretty pictures.
If you are interested, you can download it from HERE.
Read and enjoy! And let me know how you like it :)
The Multicolored Lady

Added by Csenge Zalka on November 24, 2008 at 2:44pm — No Comments

New website

I have a new website (thanks Doug!) I need to fill in some content/descriptions, but it is live.

Added by Millie Jackson on November 23, 2008 at 8:25pm — No Comments


A night of "wonder-filled" stories will be presented in the auditorium of Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, OK. Featured tellers will be: Kathryn Thurman, Molly Lemmons, Chester Weems, and Marilyn A. Hudson as fill-in and MC.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and costs $5 (or $3 with a valid student ID from any local school). Funds will go to support mission major student trips to Africa in the spring.

For other events around the state:… Continue

Added by Marilyn A. Hudson - Storyteller on November 22, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

FFHL Blog--"Trek (5 of 7): 'Oh Glorious' Paperwork for Theatre"--posted by Rachel Hedman

Whether or not the university is conservative or has religious connections, there is a guarantee there… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on November 22, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Barack Obama the Storyteller

Well, it seems this post is winning attention (according to the blog's stats.) so you might want to read it and comment.

You will also see the Agora is open to requests and you are invited to ask or suggest anything that comes up.

Added by Limor Shiponi on November 21, 2008 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Review - Sean Buvala's "Grumpy Burgers" Teleseminar (Kath Worsfold)

I went on Sean's Teleseminar on Monday, and I got lots of new ideas to try, plus heaps of good marketing tips. Some things I knew of (good to get re-inforcement of that knowledge, though), but most were new ideas that will really help me improve our business and get more bookings. Sean teaches a lot of his ideas in point form (which he then elaborates on) - this is great because it makes it easy to take in and remember. I have already started to use some of the ideas, and will add more as I go… Continue

Added by Bill and Kath Worsfold on November 20, 2008 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

FFHL Blog--"Trek (4 of 7): Theatre & Visual Art as Story Cousins"--posted by Rachel Hedman

I have never been in a play nor have I had any pieces showcased at a gallery.

This is four of seven posts relating to my info-gathering trek to BYU on October… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on November 20, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

"Tunes & Tales: Notes on Music's Power in Storytelling"--posted by Rachel Hedman

Thanks goes to Joanna Huffaker, group discussion leader, as well as to the Utah Storytelling Guild Olympus Chapter members for granting permission of the use of their comments/picture from the November 12, 2008 guild…


Added by Rachel Hedman on November 19, 2008 at 12:10am — No Comments

Some Feedback/Invitation to Friday's Economy Telecourse

Hi folks-

We had a great call last night and a handful of storytellers from around the world got some marketing ideas that few artists have ever used.

"Grumpy Burgers, Wood Fires and Cheap Whines:

The Economy is Not Your Business."

Please consider joining us this Friday (11/21) evening? Details at:

One person… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on November 18, 2008 at 9:24pm — No Comments

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