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At 4:14pm on September 3, 2012, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

Your photos of Libby Franck as Julia Ward Howe and the Mark Twain house (I remember hearing how it led to his speaking performances) and had two wishes: to be there and the Latest Activity showed MORE!  Hope people click the MORE to see anything they miss.

At 8:07pm on April 11, 2011, Robin E. Kitson said…
So sorry I didn't get to go. I am just back from Florida where I lost my voice and started a coughing campaign to win an Olympic medal in sport. Call me if you can my number is 919 342 5991 while I may have to whisper I would love to hear more about the meeting and how you are doing with telling where you come from.
At 8:41pm on May 31, 2009, Carolyn Stearns said…
OK I have always wanted to own a chuck wagon and one of you already does! Love to ask about it, I saw it on the opening slide show. I can share info on my milk wagons if you will tell about the chuck wagon. The dutch oven bisuits looked good from here!
At 5:43pm on May 31, 2009, Dale Jarvis said…
Thank you very much!
At 12:58pm on May 10, 2009, Glenda Bonin said…
Dear Carolyn,

I'm sorry to hear you have been going through such a difficult period. Congratulations on finding your way through and taking the time to be there for your family.

The pictures you have posted on your page are great. Have you ventured into Chautauqua performances with your historic characters, or are you providing a variety of stories about the Civil War era? I have been developing an interest in historic tales, but so far have not settled on a specific theme, character or approach.

Like you, I sometimes use puppetry during my library and school shows.

Keep on keepin' on!

Best wishes,
At 7:44am on April 24, 2009, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Hello Carolyn

I had a look at your website and saw that you were telling tales from the 18th and 19th centuries. But then again we storytellers grow new corn from old fields. We shape the older stories to suit our times so I bet anything you like that our tales aren't that different. Good luck with this new venture Carolyn...
At 9:23pm on January 17, 2009, Pam Holcomb said…
Hi Carolyn:

I've been asked to tell some Civil War stories to a school group in early Feb. as a part of a program they are doing - any suggestions on some good stories to share???

At 8:50pm on October 8, 2008, Pam Holcomb said…
Hi Carolyn:

I sure do enjoy reading your blogs. I look foward to becoming PS friends with you!

Take care,
At 12:47pm on September 4, 2008, Sylvia Payne said…
Hi Carolyn, Unfortunately Chapel Hill is over a 3 hour drive from my town. Ron Jones who is here on Professional Storyteller lives in Durham so you may want to get in touch with him. I hope that your daughter is enjoying the area.

Also check with Claire Ramsey (on Professional Storyteller) who is in Wake Forest. That isn't too far away from Chapel Hill.

Hopefully we will "talk" again.
At 11:51am on August 25, 2008, Katye Jordan said…
Thanks Carolyn! Well, I am still new to learning about the Civil War (even though it's an extremely important part of our history!) but it is something I have long wanted to know more about. I sometimes hike on Kennesaw Mountain where one of the battles was fought (forgot which one) . I guess I'm mostly interested in how the Civil war shaped our culture and society. I'd like to study it's affect on our identity as southerners and maybe develop some stories based on my findings :) Let's keep in touch!
At 12:29am on August 13, 2008, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…
Hi Carolyn. Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad that Professional Storyteller is such a help to so many people. With regard to your question, I suggest using a dedicated email newsletter software. The two I recommended that are free include Dada Mail and Yahoogroups. I send my newsletters out as text only but include links to pictures as well as to my blog. There are still so many people who cannot handle html newsletters, nor can they open files such as Word or Publisher. So my monthly email newsletter goes out as a text file. It's worked very well for many years now. I hope this helps.

At 3:56am on August 6, 2008, Csenge Zalka said…
Sure, send me the names you want to know, maybe I'll even be able to make an audio for you so you can hear them pronounced. I'm glad you like the book, I hope Tim will enjoy it too :)
At 7:17am on August 5, 2008, Csenge Zalka said…
Hey Carol,
So good to hear from you! :) And I'm glad the book got there in one piece, I hope you'll enjoy it :) Keep me posted, I love reading your letters :)
At 9:59pm on July 23, 2008, Cindy Campbell said…
Hi Carolyn,
If you are ever in N.S., let me know...will gather a few storytellers together for a story circle.
At 1:02pm on July 18, 2008, Bill Watson said…
Thanks Carolyn for the comments. The 1st person Conferederate soldier I protray is the product of 10 years research. He is a 90 year old with refections/memories and a relucance to tell his story. I do not have any plans to do reenactment - though I could use a referral to a good web site to buy used uniforms.

I have given this peformance at Libraries, schools, historical societies, etc. It plays really well to senior groups, however, two 5th grade school classes got into it so much one student thought I was actually the soldier from the War.

I plan to use this as a model for securing a Chataguata (sp) position in KY through the State's Arts Council for the Humanities as a performing Artist.

If you come this way give me a shout. I would like to meet you and your family.

I've been telling stories professionally for about 15 +. This is the only 1st person I do. I have done several festivals with other type stories.

At 9:52am on April 20, 2008, Csenge Zalka said…
Thank you so much for the museum trip, it was awesome! :)
At 7:23am on April 6, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
Hi Carolyn

One of the best things I do pretty regularly for my voice is to (don't laugh) lay flat on my back on the floor and tell the stories. Lying on your back forces you to use your diaphragm, talking that way becomes a habit and takes a load off of your throat and upper lungs. If you have a long haul and to me three shows in one day is a pretty good day of work. Spend your practice time, or don't do it at all but instead spend a little time laughing at me... I don't mind. But the floor exercise helps. I learned this while I was still traveling around singing. Lemon and honey in your tea are good too. Mostly, don't talk.

Let's build our press kits together... you and I in the Fishbowl. Check it later Sunday afternoon and I will have a list and you can pick what part of the Press kit we want to work on... I will critique yours and you can critique mine... hopefully, others will join the coversation like some did with my postcard. Or do you want to do the postcard as part of your press kit?

looking forward to working with you

At 8:23pm on April 5, 2008, Rachel Hedman said…
Dear Carolyn:

Here is a belated welcome to the "College Big Cats: Tracking and Capturing Gigs" group. Thank you for your two post already. . .now we want an encore!

The experiment idea of the trickster tales in the colleges is interesting. I wonderful how many tellers we need to do this to be an official experiment?

By the way, you may have noticed the e-Course there on basic marketing for college venues.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
At 1:58pm on March 25, 2008, Betty R Smith said…
Glad to meet you and thanks for the welcome. Jonesborough had snow yesterday.
At 12:25pm on March 16, 2008, Rhonda Johnson said…
Hello, Fellow Nutmegger!! - I'm a new story teller and new to this site, but as I was going through the membership, I went to Jo Radners page, saw a message from you and notice you are in CT!! I grew up in Enfield - just below the border to MA. I live now in UT so the only real difference is the WAY lower humidity!! Maybe I can get to a festival or conference back east, it would be wonderful to meet you!



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