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I love being a storyteller, and am always pleased when I have opportunities to share personal stories, world folktales and western history narratives. As a touring performer and workshop presenter, my work has taken me all around the country. I provide workshops and entertain audiences of all ages at schools, libraries, concerts, conferences, festivals and community events. Most recently, I’ve been telling stories to audiences in senior living communities, including people dealing with memory care issues.  

 

Whenever I can, I like to add a simple magic trick to my shows, so when I wrote the 2010 program, I considered Soft Soap, a trick that involves magically cleaning three small silks. Since I had used this trick during my clowning days, I knew it was a crowd pleaser. I wrote dialogue for […]

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When the 2010 “Squirrely Shirley Makes Waves” tour returned to Tucson that fall, I couldn’t stop thinking about how much fun the show had been. This program proved to be a great way to entertain and reinforce important pool and water safety rules for children. Getting the kids involved by giving water safety advice to Squirrely […]

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Welcome! This is my first blog entry, and I appreciate you taking the time to read what I have to say. I am looking forward to blogging about subjects I do not cover in the educational newsletter I publish six times a year for teachers, librarians, parents and storytellers. As I blog, I will reflect […]

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IN THIS ISSUE: Story Summary: Scrambled Eggs How to Find the Story's Voice "Squirrely Shirley Meets Fry-Fry"  Useful Links Story to Tell: "Scrambled Eggs" This issue focuses on story editing and the process of developing a personal voice for a selected tale. To do this, it helps to distill the story to its essence - [...] by No Comment Read More