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Stories and More – Upcoming Appearances, Summer 2017

In the Cleveland/Lorain area this summer? Come out to these events! At the Gate of the Goddess, Connecting to the Divine Feminine: Saturday, June 10. 1pm – 3:30pm.  This is a woman-only event. Where: Crystal Era, 608 Middle Ave., Elyria, OH 44035. Cost: $30 per person; mother/daughter $50. Preregister; 440-323-0877. Celebrating Goddess energy  through stories […]

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A Mission, a Call

Far, far away is Africa. When I first heard of it, they called it the Dark Continent. What was in that darkness? Danger, I imagined. Wild beasts and wild, dark people.  That is what they told me, a lifetime ago. A light has shone on that continent. From the shadows, I’ve caught glimpses of a […]

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Kathakali—Story in Dance

Here’s my continuation of an earlier post on the dance/storytelling traditions of India.  “In the broad, covered corridor – the colonnaded kuthambalum [temple theater] abutting the heart of the temple where the Blue God lived with his flute, the drummers drummed and the dancers danced, their colours turning slowly in the night.” (Roy, 1997, p. […]

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Why I write

I had started to write a review of Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave for Goodreads when I decided to throw out the review.  Why? It was not because I didn’t like the writing or the story.  It was because reading the novel compelled me to think about the portrayal of black characters in […]

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Mella and the N’Anga: An African Tale

A mythic time in Africa, brought to life in a tale of courage and wisdom.  Mella lives in the long-ago time when the place we now call Zimbabwe was known simply as The Land of the People. In Mopopoto, one of the great hilltop towns held within high stone walls, Mella’s beloved father, the King, […]

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Successful Futures and the Expressive Arts

How was your experience of elementary school or secondary school? Did you find it fulfilling? Did you learn anything that helped your development as a self-actualized human being? How did it help you in your life and work? My experience of school did little to help me in taking my full place as a citizen […]

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Theatre and Storytelling

What an honour it was to be at the Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town.  There were interesting play readings and performances; there were informative workshops; there were many talented playwrights from around the world. Watching some of the performances, I was struck by how much oral storytelling and theatre have in common.  There […]

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The Storyteller as Celebrant

Vancouver resident Abegael Fisher-Lang has been a storyteller for thirty years. “It was an immediate love when I first heard stories,” she says. “It was just mesmerizing.” Her other love is being a celebrant: helping to design ceremonies for important passages in people’s lives, whether it be the adoption of a child, a house leaving, […]

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