A Storyteller's Work

Before a recent performance, someone asked me, "How do you learn your stories? Do you just read them in a book and then tell them?" How simple it would be if that were the case. Developing a story for performance takes time, research, thought, practice and a bit of luck....more

To Tell a Story

(Posted on http://southernfriedchildren.blogspot.com) I spent hours as a child, huddled under the covers with a flashlight, reading. I read classics and contemporaries, young adult books and very adult books, anything I could get my hands on. Some times, many times, I would stop and reread a passage aloud. I'd read it to my parents and later to boyfriends and later still to my husband. And if there was no one to read it to, I'd read it aloud anyway, letting the sound of my own voice speaking someone else's words bounce around in my ears....more

Now's the Perfect Time to Remember Ancestors

Reading Storytime Yoga's latest Kids Storybook kit, The Skeleton's Ball, it reminded me that "fall is the time when things are dying and passing away. It’s the time to recognize grief, remember ancestors and others in our life who have died."...more

The Unwritten History of a Recipe

A strange thing happened this afternoon.As I leaned back against the kitchen sink, my eyes drifted from our grandson's red-crayon drawing held by a magnet on the refrigerator to the top of the appliance. I spied my wooden recipe box, won in a Newman's Own contest years ago.I hadn't opened it since I moved to the farm four years ago. ...more


This is the story that Z told me about she arrived in our family."I once was a baby lion and I lived in Ireland. My momma lion loved me very much and would lick my forehead all the time. I never really saw the daddy lion, but he was big and strong.One day while I was walking along smelling flowers and chasing butterflies, a big bird with a very long mouth (beak) scooped me up and put me in his clouch.""Clouch? What is a clouch?", I ask....more

Our sacred stories

“Oral tradition in its ceremonial and ritual aspects rests on female power.”  (Paula Gunn Allen)...more

Change for Life

  Buddhists say change is the only constant in this world. They aren't kidding.  ...more

The Value of a Name

  The Value of a Name Recently I told stories to a group at a senior citizen's home. They came with wheelchairs, walkers, hearing aids and other assistive devices. They were bent, crippled, old and many just plain tired of living. What could I possibly say to them that would be worth their attention? That was what passed through my mind as they came into the room. ...more

Marina, that I would like to hear. You are right, no one should have their name taken away ...more

Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still

She was one of hundreds in the room, a tiny girl with wispy blond hair and blue eyes that seemed enormous in her little face. She was bone-thin, and her delicate skull structure was visible under her pale skin. She was in a wheelchair, her body twisted in a way that made it clear the chair was her only means of mobility. I watched her as she watched the storyteller on stage. I wondered, does she understand what he's saying?...more

The Sweet Spot or Toothpaste Squeezing Technique Blamed In Marriage Dispute

There's some part of our brains that begs for a story, a story with all the colorful trimmings that grips our interest. We go to see movies and read novels, don't we? It's human. So let's think about your business or message for a moment....more