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Comment Commentary – on iTunes.

storycast144 The Last 25 Reviews – after your done reading them feel free to write your own by clicking the iTunes link on the right hand side of every page on this website…
and a thank-you to all those kind people who took the time to write me a nice review on the iTunes site!

Brother Wolf

12 December, 2013
JackHamuman (Australia)
Wonderful resource and sense of community
Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you, Eric Wolf, for the opportunity to eavesdrop on your conversations with such remarkable people. It feels like being part of a conversation between master craftspeople, at the peak of their skill and talent. Spending some time in their company can only help to turn every listener into a better storyteller.

29 July, 2013
usdesi (United States of America)
I’m not even a storyteller
Rating: 5 Stars

But I love this podcast. I started listening for the stories, but stayed for the amazing insights that have enriched my life in all sorts of ways. So much practical information for people who want to start storytelling, too! Definitely try it out. Hope he comes back, in the meantime, I’m re-listening to back episodes.

15 July, 2011
GranolaGirl88 (United States of America)
Tim Tingle!
Rating: 4 Stars

Awesome! An interview with Tim Tingle!? He taught my Storytelling class for the University of Oklahoma’s travel study program in Santa Fe. I loved every minute of this trip with him as our captain. I am so looking forward to listening to this.

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Bill Lepp is at it again… Storyteller meet Reality – Reality meet Storyteller.

Photo Credit ABC NEWS
Photo Credit ABC NEWS
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One of these two things is not like the other.
Photo Credit the Daily Mirror
Photo Credit The Daily Mirror

Dear National News Media,

I know that Justin Bieber is in danger of being deported and that that is critical, vital news, because he is a poor little rich kid who derives his power and status from your constant coverage of him and because all cable news shows seem to aspire to the journalistic greatness of People and US. I understand you guys need each other to thrive… but should that story become tiresome please remember that there are 300000 people in West Virginia who are still dealing with a water crisis. Read more…

Lyn Ford – Affrilachian Tales

AffrilachianTales What is your relationship to stories? I grew up in a home filled with other peoples stories. Yes my parents told me stories of their ill spent youth, but my family was poor in personal mythology or fables handed down from previous generations. Yes – I had Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. I had piles of children books that my parents read to me, but my parents were poor in stories that they could pass on to me from my ancestors.

If I was poor then Lyn Ford was rich beyond description. In her book Affrilachian Tales she has chosen to share this wealth with the world. I can count the number of storytellers on one hand who tell stories on a daily basis that come from with in their family linage.

I am proud to count Lyn Ford among that select group of American storytellers who are telling stories on stage in front of audiences that they learned at a relatives knee at the age of six or seven.

Affrilachian Tales is a warm collection of Read more »

Kentucky Folktales Given New Life

Mary Hamiliton Kentucky Folktales
By Mary Hamilton
Email: mary@maryhamilton.info
You can buy the book directly form Mary
Published by University Press of Kentucky
Also available on Amazon.

Book Review By Linda Goodman

Reading Mary Hamilton’s new book, Kentucky Folktales, is like taking a storytelling master class that leaves you with its full text instead of sketchy notes and skimpy handouts. Through the use of scary tales, tall tales, folktales, and family tales Hamilton sheds light on such issues as fear, parental neglect and abuse, healthcare, hunting, war, kingly challenges, smart women, and raising babies.

Each tale is followed by a commentary that relates Hamilton’s sources for her tales and notes on how she adapted them for her own storytelling performances. Most of the stories are also followed by the script of one of the original tales, making comparisons and detail mentioned in the commentary easy to follow. Read more »

Valentines Day Love Stories…

Magnolia_campbellii_flowersEric James Wolf
Recently I asked the storytell listserv a resource provided by the National Storytelling Network a simple question -When I say LOVE – what story, myth, fable or fairy tale first comes to mind?

Below are all the responses that I got to my question…

Beverly Nelson Comer Cinderella was the first story to come to my mind.
Carolyn Stearns Cinderella, I even make conversational references like home before my coach became a pumpkin
Brian Fox Ellis Baucus and Philomen, the Greek myth I most often perform at weddings!
Liz Nichols I’m kind of an anti-sentimentalist, so I like the myth of Artemis and Orion – it doesn’t have a happy ending – especially because Orion is clearly visible in the sky in February.
Carol Connolly The Blue Rose
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Not Your Average Newsletter

Doug Elliot Storyteller

Hi All

I just opened my email inbox and once again found on e of those infrequent treastes of the natural world from Doug Elliot. Now I know that if you are like me – you have subscribed to a lot of storytellers email lists. I get emails newsletters about traveling, performing, book writing, and of course, telling stories. Doug is an artist who I have continuously looked forward to reading his newsletters since I first started getting them. I wanted to recommended his writings to you as I know he has yet to let me down.

Doug Elliot’s writing always fills me with the deepest respect for the natural world and how I can interact with it. To be fair – he dosen’t send his newsletter out too often. When he does they are always interesting and entirely unique with in the storytelling community. Doug is the real deal. His storytelling is an outgrowth of his love of the natural world. I hope that he will continue to send me newsletters for years to come.

You can read his latest literary work on his blog – and you can subscribe to his newsletters on the right hand side of the page lower down. Why so hard to find Doug? Also you can read – watch videos or just check him out on his website http://www.dougelliott.com

All the Best

Eric Wolf

Storytelling: The Oldest Art

Chris Reidel Storyteller Cover of CD Storytelling: The Oldest Art
Tales from around the world told by Cris Riedel
Website: http://www.storiesconnect.com
$15.00 includes shipping & handling. To order email: cris@storiesconnect.com

Reviewed By Linda Goodman

This delightful CD, recorded live at Debbie’s Café in Wayland, New York, features familiar multi-cultural tales given new life by the strong voice and enthusiastic telling of an intuitive teller who grabs the essence of each tale and makes it sing. Cris Riedel clearly treasures these stories. From England’s Lazy Jack, the folktale predecessor of Forrest Gump, to Europe’s Clever Manka, who outsmarts the men in her life at every turn, the listener in engaged and eagerly anticipates the next chapter. Read more »

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