Close Encounter – A Story of Gratitude

Well. I waited at the red light, to pull out of my neighborhood and make a left onto the four-lane main thoroughfare to head south. When it turned green I still waited a bit as the car to the right that had been waiting for its chance to turn left in front of me onto […]

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Musings on Story Crossings and Connections

The name of this blog and my website is Story Crossings. As it says on my Home page: “Our stories cross – intersecting, as well as bridging divides – creating connections so that differences don’t have to be barriers.”

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Lighting the Darkness

Season’s Greetings… Here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s the astronomical season of late autumn with winter soon upon us…The Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, is approaching, and the darkness is lengthening and deepening. It’s also a holiday season, both secular and religious. And the Christian liturgical season of Advent. And a US […]

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Heaven and Hell

Just too much. There was just too much in my head and in my heart. So I didn’t write anything. It’s been nearly two weeks since the November 13 violence in Paris. I’d been on the brink of writing a blog post about I-can’t-remember-what now, it suddenly seemed off-base and inconsequential so I never wrote […]

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Why Tell Ghost Stories?

When I was a child, my favorite holiday was Halloween. Not because of the candy – though I certainly enjoyed the Tootsie Rolls and Snickers and yes, candy corn. No, it was the atmosphere of it all – the tree branches against the moon, the rustling leaves underfoot and overhead, owls peering at you, black […]

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Practice Makes Perfect?

Over and over again I’ve read the advice from writers that the most important thing to do, if you wish to improve your writing, be a writer, write… …the most important thing to do is to write every day. Some advise to set a daily length-target (so many words or pages); others recommend setting a […]

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Venues

I love storyteller Susan Marie Frontsczak’s motto: “Give me a place to stand, and I’ll take you someplace else.” – !!! Ohhh, I wish I’d thought of that and copyrighted it…darn!  😉 That’s part of the beauty and power and magic of storytelling – it can happen pretty much anywhere physically, and can take you […]

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ZigZag

And so we come to the end of the alphabet for our April A-to-Z blogging theme of “Story Slams & Traditional Storytelling – Bridging the Distance.” I love the picture that I found for the top of this post (of the zigzag bridge heading off into the fog), because as I’ve been sharing my so-far […]

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Yearning

Why am I blogging about “Story Slams & Traditional Storytelling – Bridging the Distance”-?

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X-Rated Language at Story Slams

Disclaimer: Perhaps “R-Rated” would be a more appropriate description than “X-Rated”…but I had a different topic idea for “R” (Random Order), and needed one for “X”…so here we are. This is one definite difference between story slams and traditional storytelling (at least at the public slams I’ve been to): the people up on stage seem […]

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