I hope to have the website up soon, I'm building it myself . Well my daughter is helping me and that's a slow process, she alway's on the move , and to tired. patience is a virtue. we will see , I'm getting my picture's and video's together to post here . That should be sooner than the website if I can sit still long enough to load them.
Nice to meet you on the website. I mostly travel locally, so I probably won't do anything in Texas anytime soon - but who knows maybe I'll be surprised. I love Western Swing music like Asleep at the Wheel and Bob Wills.
I don't know if it's any consolation to you, but I have my struggles with envy too and like you, I turn to prayer to find some peace about it. Though usually I make myself miserable first.
Anyway it's nice to have a new friend on this site. I only check it once in awhile.
We've been married for going on 32 years, and more and more now Bob is joining me for programs. I love having the music - it sets an emotional tone for the stories. After doing a story with music it feels sort of 'naked' without. I've even gotten my daughter to accompany me with her cello for one remarkable telling of Jane Yolen's "The Lady and the Merman." Goosebumps!
Warm Capistrano Beach, CA hugs,
I got your message from Plaxo, and am pleased to be part of your networking circle.
I'm really not too good about this Internet networking stuff. I know some folks who seem to be able to use these connections quite effectively. Maybe one day I will figure it all out.
In the meantime, I read your latest message on Professional Storyteller about how the tax man has surprised you. My only saving grace has been the RV I purchased several years ago to serve as my office (I live in a very tiny house) and home away from home when I travel. So far, it has been a good investment and my taxes have stayed low (of course, RV expenses are awful - so someone gets any extra money I thought I might be able to save, no matter what). Best of all, when I do month-long residencies in rural areas I get to sleep in my own bed and cook in my own kitchen.
Hi Tom, pleased to meet you. Thank you for your kind comments. I took a college course at the Univ. of Washington a few years ago from her. I have been an actor/performer (your Woodie Guthrie program sounds wonderful, btw!) for many years, but always considered 'storytelling' as something of a poor step-child. You can guess how long that attitude lasted with Dr. Mac! I had my head turned around fast. Now I consider Storytelling as the Mother of All Arts and teach it that way. I did take my Ben Franklin to Texas (Cleburne and Hillsboro near D/FW in 2006 I think). I have a friend in South Texas who wants to bring me to her school. I would love to go back, do a benefit performance for a local charity, teach, etc. for a week or so. I am envious of your travel schedule. My Chautauqua mentor Clay Jenkinson has taken his Thomas Jefferson/Robert Oppenheimer/Meriwether Lewis/T.Roosevelt etc. program to the Supreme Court, White House, etc. I need a good booking agent. Sigh. More anon, thanks for the welcome. Best, Robin.
I just clicked on a Storytelling email and flew back into time when I joined this Storytelling group and was welcome by Buck, Diane, You and others immediately. Then it appears I dropped off the earth.
Many exciting things have happened with this group and the many special groups that have developed from it.
It will take awhile to catch up on my reading.
As to my job as an international creativity consultant, I created it by speaking at conferences, association meetings at first. Then for clients and at conventions.
This weekend, thanks to a Malaysian-English colleague I am flying to Portugal to present at an annual conference focused on entrepreneurship and creativity/innovation plus the organizer has set up other presentations in a mix of places in Portugal and Spain.
One of my primary messages involves closing the
CREATIVITY G.A.P.S. in workplaces and lives
G - Gift, the myth that creativity is a gift that only a few receive or possess
A - Attitude, our abilities to be creative are highly dependent upon our attitudes and moods
P - creative thinking is the result of tools and techniques, either consciously, sub-consciously or unconsciously used
S - creativeness is the result of chosen strategies
Being creative is a choice.
Talent may be a gift to a point yet it takes development, practice, application, learning, growth to master them.
I'd like to trade you a "birds in snow" story. Yours is lovely. Mine is posted in the Animal Stories group, which I'd like to invite you to join. Maybe even repost your story in the Animals in Winter forum. Please?
Tom - will you be in Gattlinburg at the National Conference in August? Also - I wanted to inform you that John Walsh will be holding another BibleTelling workshop in November of this year. I think you would love it. Mike Lockett
Hi, Tom - Would you please either send me a bio and some PR info about you or direct me to a good site to learn more about your programs. We had a Great Christian storytelling conference this past weekend and are already looking for dates in June of 09 to hold the next one (#3). We'd like to expand but still are working with a small budget. One the first one - we started in the hole - but came out a little ahead. This time - we started with a small budget and built it up a tiny bit more. We are almost at the point where we can offer small payments for keynote presenters - but don't know what it would take to get someone like you to attend our conference. You can e-mail me at email@example.com to talk dollars and cents - but feel free to respond here on the public site to talk about how I and others can learn more about your work. I know others must be interested as well. Sincerely, Mike Lockett