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Ukrainian Soul Food, Werewolves and Amazons


Ukrainian Soul Stories at the Library

Compared to shoplifting live turkeys in your bloomers and erotic games in the village bath, immigrant life is beyond boring. So firebrand Baba (Grandma) is brewing up Old Country customs in her new neighbourhood.

Hear Raisa Stone tell outrageous stories she's collected from Ukrainian people, including a true murder confession from her neighbour. She kept the secret until…


Added by Reisa Stone on September 6, 2014 at 1:18am — No Comments

Riding Naked: Natural Horse Wisdom

When we are young and thought foolish, we sometimes have the greatest wisdom. Forty years ago, long before "natural" horsemanship became a trend, I'd arrive at the…


Added by Reisa Stone on September 2, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Woo Woo Thing

Check out my blog, Animal Nation. Stories about my work as a professional Animal Communicator. You want stories? Animals got stories!

Added by Reisa Stone on January 16, 2012 at 2:54am — No Comments

Baba's Kitchen: Ukrainian Soul Food with Stories From the Village

My book is now available on my website and through Kindle!



Added by Reisa Stone on January 15, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Variety Show to Benefit Japan's Earthquake Survivors!

A great cause and a great show!

What happens when a little girl dreams of Olympic equestrian glory, but

finds she must train on a Prairie pig farm? Sometimes you have to put

down the Pony Club Manual and just...improvise.

If you've ever longed for a horse, run amuck of a determined pig or just

enjoy a good yarn about an underdog who wins, Reisa's true life story

will make you howl with laughter. At once starry-eyed with…

Added by Reisa Stone on March 31, 2011 at 11:59pm — 2 Comments

Why Storytelling? By Reisa Stone

Why Storytelling?


Storytelling is a way to inform each other of our deepest needs,…


Added by Reisa Stone on February 16, 2011 at 2:52am — No Comments

Noel the Christmas Pony

For everyone who has inquired about Noel, the pony found pitifully emaciated and near death in a boarded up barn in BC. Here he is, one month short of two years later. He was rescued by Kevan Garecki & the SPCA Dec. 4/08. Noel is healthy, partially trained under saddle, and ready for adoption! This pony went from Hell to Heaven.…


Added by Reisa Stone on November 5, 2010 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

The Horses are Calling: Please Help Canadians Strengthen Animal Anti-Cruelty Law

Dear Fellow Storytellers & Animal Lovers,

You know I am a passionate advocate of animal rescue. In fact, most of my stories are based on my experiences with animals. I moderate the Animal Stories Group.

I'm working on the campaign to end horse slaughter in Canada, and need your help. Inhumane, assembly line slaughter has been an easy and profitable solution for irresponsible horse owners for too…

Added by Reisa Stone on July 20, 2010 at 10:30pm — 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

How are you celebrating St. Francis Day?

St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. His day is Sunday, October 4th. A couple of Vancouver, BC churches are offering an Animal Blessing.

I've been to one, and was astonished at the variety of pets. Though dogs predominated, the church lawn was filled with everything from hedgehogs to horses.

This year, I'm asking our animal shelter to bring a dog or two, along with flyers about adopting rescued creatures.

What are you doing for St. Francis Day?

Added by Reisa Stone on September 30, 2009 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

What to do with fledgling crows?

It's that time of year again. Crow and other avian parents are pushing their babies out of the nest, hoping they'll learn to fly.

I've seen two situations recently where city people didn't know what to do when faced with a fledgling crow on the ground. They thought it was hurt, abandoned, etc. You can tell they're babies because they have blue eyes, their feathers aren't a fully glossy black, and they're a bit smaller than adults (but not by much). They crow hop along and look… Continue

Added by Reisa Stone on July 1, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

How Swine Flu Began

Every now and then, you have to concede that a picture tells the whole story.

Added by Reisa Stone on May 28, 2009 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

The Muppets Visit Seattle

Here's something interesting! I may drive down to Seattle for this. Anyone else thinking of going?

Jim Henson's Fantastic World

Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum

May 23 - August 16, 2009

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, organized by the Smithsonian Institution and The Jim Henson Legacy, will make its West Coast debut at Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame from May 23 – August 16, 2009. The exhibition features original… Continue

Added by Reisa Stone on May 13, 2009 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Australian Animals Need You

Please donate generously. Thousands of animals need emergency care:

Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

International Fund for Animal Welfare

Sam gets his burned feet bandaged. This is the koala you've seen

all over the news being given bottled water. Rescue organizations need funds for bandages, salves, x-rays, oxygen,…

Added by Reisa Stone on February 19, 2009 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Reisa Finished "My Goat Prefer Naked"!

Yahoo! Yippeeee!!! Last night I finished the last story in my gonzo memoir, My Goat Prefer Naked: Ukrainian Soul Food with Stories From the Village.

104,000 words over 18 months. Intimate acquaintance with the narrator, a malcontent, borshch-slinging Ukrainian grandmother. Days of despair that I would never finish this project. Now I even have material left over for Volume II.

A couple of days breather, then on to creating the materials for agent submission. This is… Continue

Added by Reisa Stone on February 7, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Ukrainian New Year Astrological Predictions

My cookbook narrator Baba makes Malanka, New Year, predictions. The book is called My Goat Prefer Naked: Ukrainian Soul Food with Stories From the Village.

Over to her:

Bania or bath house is sacred place in Ukraina. It serve same purpose as sweat lodge to Aboriginal North American, except ours is big wood house or dig from side of hill. We relax and we meditate. We make steam on rock and beat friend with birch rod for circulation. Ukrainian… Continue

Added by Reisa Stone on January 15, 2009 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

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

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

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



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