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Huge success! My first solo performance

“May the legacy of love live on through all of you.” I am deeply grateful to the beautiful audience of 32 friends and “once upon a time” strangers that supported me in my first 90-minute solo performance yesterday (August 25, 2017). Ten years ago, I was a timid voice exploring public speaking through a local …Read More

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The four universal healing salves

In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we …Read More

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Dr. Joel Ying on TV! Interview on Storytelling

Behind the Headlines: Storytelling Storytelling Performance gets more mainstream. Check out my interview by Amy Oshier on Behind the Headlines: Naples Daily News – part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Originally aired at 10 a.m. Sunday on ABC-7. (The show starts after the commercial on the video link below or go directly to the Naples …Read More

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Kevin Kling: Lost and Found

“Now when you’re born into loss, you grow from it. But when you experience loss later in life, you grow toward it.” Kevin Kling is a well-known, infectiously funny, and deeply touching storyteller, poet, and playwright. He has the distinction of having being born with a disability and also acquiring one later in life. He …Read More

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Florida Storytelling Festival: “The Teacher”

“Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely that when others see us they know exactly how it should be done.” —   Rudy Francisco There are special people in the world who teach us what love is. One of those people came into my life in middle school as a very special teacher and mentor. Mrs. Chennault …Read More

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The Right Honorable Dr. Louise Bennett-Coverley (Miss Lou)

The Right Honorable Dr. Louise Bennett-Coverley was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on September 7, 1919. She died in Ontario, Canada, on July 26, 2006. Her body was flown back to Jamaica to lie in state in the National Arena, and then buried in National Hero’s Park, next to other great heroes and leaders of Jamaica. This …Read More

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The Elephant: Stories You’ll Never Forget, 2017

“I haven’t laughed so hard in years…. It was captivating.” After a standing ovation, last year’s sold-out audience raved over the first StorySLAM to come to the Sugden Theatre. Ten local storytellers each gave spellbinding performances. On Monday, April 3rd, 2017, at 7pm the oral tradition of storytelling returns to Sugden Theatre in Naples, Florida, with “The …Read More

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Storytelling for Business

What’s your story? (the negative) “Your story” is sometimes thought of in the negative context (see yesterday’s post with Byron Katie). The mind is good about “making up stories” about why we do what we do, endlessly rationalizing the emotional reactions that we sometimes do without a second (or even first) thought. “Well, of course, …Read More

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StorySlam sold out in Ft Myers!

On Wed, Jan 25th, 2017, at 7pm, history was made.  “StorySlam: An Evening of Storytelling” at Alliance for the Arts in Ft. Myers, Florida, was a complete success! Storytellers of the Round Table put on another sold-out performance with a repeat of our sold-out show from April 2016 at the Sugden Theatre in Naples, Florida. …Read More