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(Podcast) Interview with Connie Regan-Blake

Connie Regan-Blake was on the forefront of the contemporary storytelling revival in the United States. Having been a storyteller since the 1970s, when storytelling as a modern communication method was nearly unheard of outside of a few regional areas, she’s seen some changes and challenges to the storytelling art form. In this Amphitheater interview conducted before an event at the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute, Sean Buvala ( director) and Connie discuss a variety of those issues as well as a current project that Connie is involved in.

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A Red Pen to Improve Your Storytelling

A Red Pen to Improve Your Storytelling
By: K. Sean Buvala

a red ball point pen rests on a a blank yellow legal padBeing able to craft a story is an essential skill for both beginning and experienced tellers. That crafting, much like sculpting, involves knowing what to trim away and what to keep. For storytellers, our sculpting tools should include the red “cross it out” pen.

There is an old comedy album, heard once in my youth, where the comedian says, “When you are trying to tell a story, try having a point. It makes it so much more interesting for an audience.”

I’ve attended a number of storytelling events of late that bring that old comedy routine to mind. I’ve wanted to hand the tellers a giant red pen, hoping they’d Continue reading →

Why the Sea is Salty and Its Lessons

Why the Sean is Salty. Lessons to be Learned.
Author: Yvonne Healy

(Editor’s 2018 Note: This article first appeared in 2011, when the big oil spilled occurred with British Petroleum off of the Gulf Coast of the United States. While that disaster was some time ago, the wisdom of the article remains, nonetheless.)

The distilled wisdom of generations is shared through stories in Ireland. Realistic reporting takes second place to imaginatively embroidered narratives. The Irish find that storytelling is an entertaining and effective way to teach important lessons. The Gulf Coast might be enjoying its prime tourist and fishing season if decision-makers from BP and the federal regulators had listened to more stories.

why the sea is salty a photo of the ocean waves from the shoreline. the horizon is visible in the far distanceFado, fado, long ago, the sea was a giant lake full of clear, fresh water. Two brothers lived by the sea on a cliff, each in his own home, one on top of the hill and the other below.

Each brother began life with the same inheritance. One brother grew wealthy while the other grew poor. In those faraway times, salt was the measure of wealth. Salt was rare because it was transported from distant lands. Salt was necessary to preserve food because refrigerators hadn’t been invented. Salt made food tasty. The richer someone was, the more salt he used.

Each morning, the poor brother walked along the beach searching. One day, his toe scraped a hard edge in a big sand-hill. He dug away the sand and uncovered a large salt grinder. A tiny rock of salt remained in the chamber.

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Feather of the Firebird

Feather of the Firebird
By: Leslie Slape

Long ago in Russia, there lived a brave huntsman who had a horse that could talk. Every day, he would ride into the dark forest and bring back wonderful things for his master, the Tsar.

One day, he saw something glowing in the darkness. It looked like fire. But when he drew close, he saw it was not fire, but a feather. The feather of the Zhar-ptitsa – the Firebird.

The huntsman knew the old tales. If a man is lucky enough to snatch a feather from the tail of the Zhar-ptitsa, he will have good luck all his days. But as he bent to pick up the feather, his horse spoke:

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