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At 2:56pm on September 2, 2011, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

Happy birthday, Christi!

Have fun this holiday weekend.

At 10:52am on January 14, 2011, Max Tell said…
It's the little things that count.
At 5:40pm on January 13, 2011, Max Tell said…
And we keep our mistletoe hanging all year.
At 10:04pm on January 6, 2011, Éric Gauthier said…
To answer your question (sorry it took me a while, I unplugged over the holidays), I tell strange tales like this one:

Most of my stories are original creations, grounded in everyday reality, with a touch of the fantastic thrown in. Stories about wrong numbers changing a man's life, about storefront ornaments philosophizing, about pigeons scheming, about wise and crazy street people, and so on. What about you?
At 12:47pm on December 23, 2010, Max Tell said…
Merry Christmas back. You have a Christmas card: Max
At 1:36pm on November 18, 2010, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…
Thank you, Christi!
At 10:31am on June 7, 2010, June Davidson said…
How fortunate to stumble upon Chrisit U, I became a fan in less than five minutes. :)
At 1:05am on December 9, 2009, Reisa Stone said…
Tips? Yep. Keep your jaws flapping. Works for me :-0
At 11:16pm on August 3, 2009, Donna F. Slaton said…
Hi Christi, I have had a few Red White and Blue days telling stories since SLA. LOC for original Ben Franklin research after SLA got me all fired up and I have spent time at the Hermitage this summer so working on an Andrew Jackson story line too!
Getting started - best tip is just do it! Pick a theme that you like and pull together several stories so that you can do a 20 minute (great for classroom) and or/ 30 minute or 50-60 minute program and then share your passion. Local PR is fine with homemade business cards and postcards that are easy as your computer printer to make and enough to make connections. After you make $500-$1000 then you can get all "professional" and buy printed stuff. is a yahoo site - with video check out all the buttons across the top. Inexpensive but very helpful. All of my May and July programs came from the contact us form on the back page!
And it is fun! See you on Facebook!
At 1:55pm on July 17, 2009, Marjorie Shaefer - a.k.a. - Mother Goose said…
The book I mentioned is:
Mother Goose in Prose
by L. Frank Baum (a reprint of a Dover publication.)
At 8:06pm on July 14, 2009, Valerie Jean Menard said…
I know this is a long time coming, but it has been a crazy summer. I have not been attending the Boro Tellers because I've been studying at ETSU. Right now I'm up to my neck finishing this degree and am not quite ready to commit to anything. I've heard through the grapevine though that Boro Tellers is trying to encourage more regular attendees. After December, we'll see. However, I'd enjoy continuing to communicate with you. Maybe we could meet for coffee sometime in August (when I return to Nashville). Thanks!
At 8:40pm on June 23, 2009, Marjorie Shaefer - a.k.a. - Mother Goose said…
Yes, christi, as Mother Goose I focus primarily on the traditional rhymes, and I also tell Aesop's fables as well as Nursery Rhymes. I recently acquired a book of stories about the rhymes written by L. Frank Baum which are fun to tell.
Fables and rhymes are a really great way to get started.
At 9:39am on June 12, 2009, Lindy Asimus said…
I would probably disagree with Miller. I don't think one needs a reason to be happy. Knowing the reason for one's happiness being a cause to lose said happiness, seems to be a fairly limited belief to adopt. Perhaps it is the focus on the destination, rather than the journey, that led Miller to his theory? ;-)
At 9:59am on June 11, 2009, Mary Brugh said…
I'm originally from Michigan but only one brother is still in that state. My other brother is in Arkansas. I have an extended family in Hawaii and southern California; these are relative of a long-time partner who has passed away. I try to visit some of them each year (Hawaii was part of my Seattle trip). I also have a community of friends in Seattle through music and storytelling. The folk music/acoustic music thread, and now the storytelling thread hold my life.
At 8:47am on June 11, 2009, Lindy Asimus said…
Admirer perhaps, more than a fan of Joseph Campbell, though I admit a fondness for Following one's Bliss.
At 5:52pm on June 10, 2009, Lindy Asimus said…
Thanks for visiting my page. Yes, there is often more than meets the eye... and that's a story waiting to be told for most everybody. Sometimes a story of which the person themself is sometimes unaware.
At 3:16pm on June 10, 2009, Mary Brugh said…
I lived in Seattle for 13 years before moving to TN. I've just returned from my first annual visit to Seattle.
At 9:19pm on June 7, 2009, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…
Dear Christi:

I am the author of several books, including children's picture books and storytelling resource books:

Mama's Bayou (Pelican Publishing; Spring 2010)
The Gigantic Sweet Potato (Pelican Publishing; 2010)
Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach (Pelican Publishing; Fall 2009)
Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales (Libraries Unlimited; 2010)
Scared Silly: 25 Tales to Tickle and Thrill (Libraries Unlimited; Spring 2010)
The Cajun Cornbread Boy (Pelican Publishing Co., 2009) ISBN 1-58980-224-1
The Story Biz Handbook: Managing Your Storytelling Career from the Desk to the Stage (Libraries Unlimited; 2008) ISBN 978-1-59158-730-9
Tangram Tales: Telling Stories with Ancient Chinese Puzzle (Teacher Ideas Press; 2008) 978-1-59158-652-6
Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take (Libraries Unlimited; 2007) ISBN 978-1-59158-536-7
Kamishibai Story Theater: The Art of Picture Telling (Teacher Ideas Press; 2006) ISBN 1-59159-404-3
Story Fest: Craft Story Theater Scripts (Teacher Ideas Press; 2005) ISBN 1-59469-009-X

If you are interested in learning about professional storytelling, I recommend my book, The Story Biz Handbook, jam-packed with useful information, tips from storytelling experts, and resources.

I wish you the best in the development of your career as a storyteller!

Dianne de Las Casas
At 9:16pm on June 7, 2009, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…
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Happy Tales to You,
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At 6:04pm on May 26, 2009, JIm Pfitzer said…
Hello Christi,
Good to meet you. Life in Chattanooga is great. After twenty years away, I received an Arts Move grant from Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga to help me purchase a home in an historic neighborhood downtown. I have been living here for almost three years now and managing to eke out a living telling stories--mostly around Chattanooga, traveling a little bit here and there. I have also started coaching local tellers and now have two regular students and other occasionals. How is Murfreesboro?



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