Two Fun Resources from Cricket Parmalee

Just came across these:
The wikipedia is how people begin and end stories in maybe 50 languages? (and the translations) – check out the turkish!
The storytell i just printed the openers (10 pp!), all in English, sometimes gives languages…
    Long, long ago, when some folk were already dead and others not yet born, there lived a… (Tartar)
    Now, look see.  I wad’n there then so I could’swear etwas the truth, could I now?  but etwas like this, see…  (England)
    on the other hand –
    It all happened long ago, and believe it or not, it is all absolutely true.   (Traditional Irish opening)
    [One i remembered, as it says, from the B.G. The Frog Prince]  In the olden times when wishing still helped…

Cricket tells about Dohaku’s Head

After the last story swap, Cricket Parmalee shared this with me:
“you may already know this, but – i was sniffing around, wondering when this story [Dohaku’s Head]  is from, and found what maybe the inspiration for eric kimmel’s story – in a book quoted online (when i googled dohaku’s head)
Hagakure (Kyūjitai葉隱Shinjitai葉隠; meaning Hidden by the Leaves or hidden leaves),[1] or Hagakure Kikigaki (葉隠聞書) is a practical and spiritual guide for a warrior, drawn from a collection of commentaries by the clerk Yamamoto Tsunetomo, former retainer to Nabeshima Mitsushige, the third ruler of what is now Saga Prefecture in JapanTashiro Tsuramoto (ja) compiled these commentaries from his conversations with Tsunetomo from 1709 to 1716; however, it was not published until many years afterwards. Hagakure is also known as The Book of the SamuraiAnalects of Nabeshima or Hagakure Analects.
you might be interested to see what’s there.”
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2017 Teller In Residence Program at the International Storytelling Center

The 2017 Teller in Residence program for the International Storytelling Center features a different storyteller each week, May through October. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2017. Programs are held in the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall in Jonesborough, TN. Each year TIR offers a talented line-up of storytellers representing the finest entertainment available in the world of storytelling. Choose from matinees, special evening concerts, children’s performances, and workshops. For more information:

Loren Niemi will be in the area March 26-30, 2017

Noa Baum says, “A wonderful opportunity to hone your craft and grow your storytelling art.
I’ve learned so much from working with him over the years.
He’s a great and very generous coach.”
Loren say of his coaching sessions,
“I can provide coaching in three areas (pick one or some combo thereof) – 1) coaching on what is the story? Moving from a first notion or notes, to the what do you want to tell frame for a story. 2) shaping the story. Whether it be plot or emotional arc or making the meaning and why it matters clear. and 3) performing – how does the story fit for time or venue? What do you need or want to do to fully inhabit the story?  Priced at $50 an hour or portion of.”
Contact Loren at

VITG Monthly Story Swap at the Home of Rob Rovinsky, October 15, 2016

We met at Rob and Renana Rovinsky’s lovely home in NW DC.

Miriam Nadel started the evening of storytelling with a humorous personal tale about Women of Valor, loosely based on her life experiences with relatives who tried to shape her life. It included an aunt who, when Miriam asked for a chemistry set gave her a kit to make perfume instead.

A new-to-Voices teller, Dominique, told a story about  the resolution of conflict between mother- and son-in-law from Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales called The Snake Chief.

Margaret Chatham followed with a story from Men from the Village Deep in the Mountains and Other Japanese Folktales compiled by Molly Bang. The story she chose is called Patches, but Margaret used the Japanese word (which I may be misspelling) “Toyuki” instead.

Eve Burton told Good Enough to Eat, adapted from the picture book of that name by Brock  Cole.

Tim Livengood let us vote for a story about Vampires or one about. . . .something else. We voted for the Vampires, who, among other things, devoured college students. Yumm!

Rob Rovinsky, our host for the evening, had to have his arm twisted a little to tell a story, but then he gave us two delightful tales: one about How he Graduated from U Penn, which required passing a PE class; the other  about How to Talk to a Taxi Driver in Jerusalem.

Besides the six tellers, we had a half dozen listeners.

Stories were followed by tasty treats:  pumpkin pie, Tim’s fruity bread, pumpkin gingerbread with cranberries, raisins and walnuts, and assorted cookies, veggie chips, and cupcakes. Really yummm!

If you weren’t there, you really missed out! Hope to see you at swap next time.

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