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December 2009 Blog Posts (11)

Last Day of 2009 update from Debbie Dunn

Debbie Dunn conducted her Be Bully Free program in a Georgia school and five East Tennessee schools since the school year began. She tells three stories to the whole school that teaches coping-with-bullies skills. The stories also focuses on the importance of practicing your talents and skills instead of bullying. This is followed by a 2-hour workshop with 49 target students who will put on the one-size fits all poncho costumes and perform a 7-act… Continue

Added by Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons on December 31, 2009 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Prometheus & Pandora

According to the Greeks, people were created by two brothers, who were cousins to the gods. Their names were Prometheus & Epimetheus. Epi was the younger of the two and was all excited about making a brand new world and started inventing animals left and right. He had a big pile of wings and claws and fur and such and he just let the creativity flow. Soon, there were birds flying in the air and fish swimming in the ocean and cats prowling in the jungle.

By the time, Prometheus got to… Continue

Added by Christi U. on December 28, 2009 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

The Call

I am standing here in a daze, holding my cell phone. Has it really been only two hours since I got the call? I feel lost and uncertain. I admit that I am scared.

Two Hours earlier:

I am sitting at the dining room table, sorting the Wedding invitation list. Michael, my fiance, didn't want to invite his Great Aunt Miriam but I thought it was rude not too. Still, we had a limited amount of space and we both agreed not to have too big of a wedding. I was pondering this when my cell… Continue

Added by Jodi Ann on December 28, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

My White Reindeer book is finally published today!

Hooray! My White Reindeer book is now published as of today – barely in time for Christmas! It is being sold for $22.95 on my Publisher’s website.

This week only, if you put in the coupon code of “Merry50″, you can buy the book for 50% off plus $.99 shipping if you don’t mind waiting for… Continue

Added by Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons on December 23, 2009 at 5:39pm — 2 Comments


When I was an 8year old boy, I was very close to my mother. One night in late April, 1991, my mother and father had gotten into a pretty bad fight. My mother left the house in our '84 Chevelle.

I didn't see her for 3 days. On the 4th night, she came into my room while I was asleep and woke me up. She said she was sorry that she stayed away for so long. She told me how much she loved me and asked about my day. When my dad woke me up for school the next morning, I asked where mom was. He… Continue

Added by Jodi Ann on December 20, 2009 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Storytelling in Higher Education: Performance-Lecture

As an academic storyteller (personal term for a teller in higher ed) I have found that the students who hear me as a guest performance-lecturer are seemingly "starved" for stories, i.e, I still have students from several semesters past who approach me on campus to ask when I'm telling again, what classes(s) do I teach [which I can't teach due to my employment classification], where does the local guild meet, etc. etc.

This I have found troubling during my employment here at… Continue

Added by Silverchin on December 16, 2009 at 10:49am — No Comments

This Christmas Eve - Turn on the Radio, Tuck Yourself Up, and Let Me Tell You a Story

Snuggle down under the duvet this Christmas Eve, with a slurp of cocoa, and have a listen to BBC Radio 3. I have just had the honour of recording a Winter-Themed piece with two musicians; a singer an a percussionist; for the BBC Arts programme Late Junction. The three of us had never met before we came together for one day only to improvise and play a piece for the christmas Eve programme. I had a wonderful time, writing words, words, words, telling, singing and playing a HUGE gong! Have a… Continue

Added by Debs Newbold on December 10, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

A Child's Quirky Christmas Wisdom

I was playing guitar and singing for a Lions Club Christmas party. Near the beginning of my concert, I preluded Little Drummer Boy by asking the kids what gifts they would have brought baby Jesus.

"Game Boy." "A pony." "Hot Wheels!" Their answers came quickly. They interrupted each other in their excitement. Man, this was great. I was a hit. I reminded myself not to get a swelled head; I was just the warm up for Santa. One girl, about 8 years old, stood a tad apart from the… Continue

Added by Reisa Stone on December 9, 2009 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Mrs. Thatcher

Cindy Thatcher was 87 years old. She had been a widow for the last 17 of them. She kept Doctors appointment, clipped coupons, and attended Hillside Baptist every Sunday. She was sitting at her worn pine desk, writing her suicide letter. Here is what she wrote:

Dear Friends;

I hope this letter finds you well. I shall be gone by the time you read it. Please don’t be sad or angry at the ending of my life. I assure you, its what I want and what my soul needs now is rest. I am… Continue

Added by Jodi Ann on December 8, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Judith Black Makes Latkes

Judith Black has an article about her storytelling

in the food section of the local paper. Online version:

I get some love from my local paper today

for the DaddyTeller book. Online version:…


Added by Sean Buvala on December 4, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

New DaddyTeller™ Training Video: Get Close to Your Kids

Just added another free training video to my list here at Ning. You can see it here. Bedtime Stories are a powerful way for Dads (Moms, too) to connect with their kids. Don't be afraid to sit close, put down the storybooks and tell a story to your kid. Yes, Dad, you can do this. You will grow closer to your… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on December 1, 2009 at 7:14pm — No Comments

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