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December 2008 Blog Posts (32)

Your Best 2008 Moment?

So, when you look back on 2008, what moments in your work as a storyteller are your most memorable?

Added by Sean Buvala on December 31, 2008 at 3:53pm — 19 Comments

Take a listen to Elizabeth Ellis – Storytelling and the Development of Ethical Behavior.

Hey Folks

Just posted my most recent show #070 on the Art of Storytelling with Children with Elizabeth Ellis talking about Storytelling and the Development of Ethical Behavior.

Elizabeth Ellis storyteller kissing a frog while storytelling for children.

Please take a listen - I think this show is required listening for all serious professional tellers - the show is saved in a lower quality to make it accesable to… Continue

Added by Brother Wolf on December 29, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

New Year's Bonfire

Every year my family lights a bonfire on New Year's Eve to light in the new year. As part of our tradition, we write down the things we're worried about--health, money, family, work problems, etc--and we toss those troubles into the fire.

The first year we did this, we invited family and storyteller friends to email their troubles to us to burn, and many did just that. This is the 9th annual bonfire I believe, and once again I invite my friends and family to send troubles for the… Continue

Added by Granny Sue on December 28, 2008 at 9:04pm — 2 Comments

A tale of a tail

A very long time ago, wehn I was young and so was my mother, there lived a large rat. Now this rat he thought that he had the most beautiful tail. His tail was very long and very thick, and as shiny black as the night was long. He was sooo proud of his tail and he showed it off to everyone.

Now this rat was a very large creature indeed. He had strong legs and strong arms and very sharp teeth, and although he didn't know it, he seemed very dangerous and frightening to all the animals… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on December 28, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments


Let me tell you a story, a story of stories, one which happened not so long ago, it could even have been yesterday...

There lived in a large cave, in the mountains close to the sunshine a pair of beautiful dragons.

Now these dragons had lived very exciting lives, they had scoured the land, and collected gold, gold of all kinds, they had visited all the countries of the world and had found treasure in abundance wherever they walked.

Their claws were shiny and sharp and… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on December 28, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

Visit Me!

Here's my announcement: during my tenth day snowed in, I realized I have compiled quite a collection of curmudgeonly rantings. So I started a blog. Isn't that what you're supposed to do? I'm currently blogging about: Vancouver snow, Craigslist postings (no Mad Flaggers on my own blog, ha ha!), a weird writers workshop and my experiences with Vancouver's housing shortage. Visit me at:

Added by Reisa Stone on December 27, 2008 at 11:19pm — 2 Comments

Story Swapping Between Cultures

Over at "Breaking the Eggs," I've posted another entry from last month's storytelling tour of Tamil Nadu organized by Eth-Noh-Tec and the World Storytelling Institute. This time, you can read my thoughts on the story swapping in rural villages we participated in.

Added by Tim E on December 27, 2008 at 8:49pm — No Comments

A story in the now.

Once upon a time many years ago, when I was very young and so was my mother, there lived a man, a man who wore a very tall hat.

He so loved his hat. It was a tall and very high black top hat. Shining black as night it was. With a dark bow around the base.

Everywhere he went, people exclaimed "My oh my sir, what a beauuutiful black hat you wear, it does suit you so well, and makes you look soo tall."

The man wore his hat everywhere when he went out, it attracted… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on December 27, 2008 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Old Cajun Year-end Toast

Dear Fellow StoryLovers

This time at the end of the year

is often accompanied by

a reflective look back AND

a hopeful look forward.

One year is dying

and another is about to be born.

To honor this time passage,

Here's an Old Cajun Toast

I heard from my Great Uncle Mose one year :

May your coffin

Be made of the finest wood

From Century-old Cypress trees

That I shall plant


Added by Storyteller Joe Paris on December 25, 2008 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

A Merry Christmas Gift from the Founder of Professional Storyteller, Dianne de Las Casas - 12-25-08


On this joyous day in New Orleans, Louisiana, I wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday. May 2009 bring you success, peace, love, and new friendships. Here is a gift for you - a story...

Rabbit’s Turnip

A Tale from China

Retold from Dianne de Las Casas

Reprinted from Tangram Tales: Story Theater with the Ancient Chinese Puzzle (Libraries Unlimited 2009)

In the… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on December 25, 2008 at 4:30am — No Comments

Enjoy the Season! A Story Poem for the Season

I just posted a Christmas Card for all of you that I hope you will enjoy. You have all given me so much this year and I can only scratch the surface to pay you back. Sometimes I ponder the reason for the season and inspiration will perk my brain and a story or poetry will come forth like a bubbling fountain. Today let me share a piece I wrote several years ago which shares a bit of my soul with you.

Merry Christmas - Happy… Continue

Added by Mylinda Butterworth on December 24, 2008 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments


I know there is a lot of talk at this time of the year about people being afraid to offfend by wishing people a "Merry [fill in the blanks]" or a "Happy [fill in the blank]" - but seriously who can be offended when someone wants to share a smile, or a helping hand or a positive thought? That is really what is behind the seasonal greetings. A message that says, "Hey, at this time of the year I enjoy a special belief that has all of these good things attached to it; like love, hope, concern,… Continue

Added by Marilyn A. Hudson - Storyteller on December 24, 2008 at 10:20am — No Comments

Saving Wild Birds

Here's an article from a BC newspaper regarding saving wild birds during the snowstorms across North America. Wildlife biologist Andy Stewart discusses the fact that in some areas, the weather disruption is killing songbirds that cannot get at their usual food sources.

If you live in an area that does not usually have this heavy or prolonged a snow cover, he recommends putting out bird… Continue

Added by Reisa Stone on December 24, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Here's to a healthy and happy New Year

I can't believe that 2008 is almost over. Where does the time fly when you're busily living your life? This coming February I turn 50. I hope things get better for me next year. More work would be nice. I don't mind traveling. In February I will travel to Florida to stay with a friend while I look for a potential job. I have pretty much had it with Michigan, but I don't know if Florida is the answer. After all, it's a very Conservative state and I am anything but Conservative. Early this… Continue

Added by Rob McCabe on December 23, 2008 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Winter Solstice Letter


This is also available as a note on my Facebook page. But or those who prefer PS, here it is or your reading pleasure.

I was talking to Chris Shillock at Jules Nyquist's Solstice party last night.

He says he has a new girlfriend.

Good for you.

We had our first fight but we've made up.

Might I ask what it was about?

She called me an Idealist who wants to change the world. I said I'm a Realist.

But Chris, you are an Idealist.

Don’t… Continue

Added by Loren Niemi on December 23, 2008 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

Dianne de Las Casas Has Phenomenal Week with 2 new books and a book signing! December 20, 2008


On Saturday, December 20, 2008, I had my first book signing for my first children’s picture book,The Cajun Cornbread Boy. The book signing was at Maple Street Children’s Book Shop in New Orleans.

I am so excited because my book was not supposed to arrive this early. It was quite a rush to make them available for the holiday season. But I have shipped out a ton of books to my sweet fans. Here is a picture of… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on December 23, 2008 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Warmest Holiday Wishes to You All

My warmest holiday wishes to you all. Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas: they're each about warmth and light and gathering with people we care for. A time to reflect on the year past, its blessings and obstacles.

And a time for food. Oh yes, lots and lots of scrumptious food. Despite the record snow fall in Vancouver BC, I have gone out. I've slipped and slid my way to: egg rolls with plum sauce, hummous, Ukrainian fasolia (hummous with white beans), chicken,… Continue

Added by Reisa Stone on December 22, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Press Release: Expert Hails Disney's New Movie "Bedtime Stories" for Featuring the Number One Success Skill for Parents to Presidents.

Press Release

Use date: December 17 2008-January 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Photo link included below.


Expert Hails Disney's New Movie "Bedtime Stories" for featuring the Number One Success Skill for Parents to Presidents.


"Telling stories, that is using imagination and seeing situations from new perspectives, is the number one success skill for anyone, from parents to presidents," says… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on December 18, 2008 at 8:37pm — 3 Comments

FACEBOOK and MYSPACE - Gift of the Gods and Evil Nemesis of all hard working people everywhere.

This Post was originally posted in the facebook, ning, linkdin, twitter, myspace, how to best use each? - discussion in the New Media - Blogs, Podcasts and Social Networking

I personally wouldn't touch Myspace with a ten foot pole - other people swear by it - I use Facebook very successfully to boost my listeners on… Continue

Added by Brother Wolf on December 18, 2008 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Lesson in Compassion

Lesson in Compassion

Our lessons often come to us in unexpected fashion all we have to do is pay attention and be open to the message offered. So it was on the day Jack died. Jack was 12 years old and had lived a fine life always at the side of his twin Jasmine. Inseparable hardly explains their relationship. They lived with and for each other. What may seem a short life span actually was one of many accomplishments and his good natured disposition made him a favorite with all. Jack… Continue

Added by Carolyn Stearns on December 18, 2008 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

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