SUMMER, SWEET SUMMER! Time for summer reading programs at libraries, family gatherings and stories, festivals and story fun, vacations and story memories,...stories are everywhere, and you usually don't have to worry about how to pack them for your journeys (unless they're in books or loaded into your e-readings). Just keep them in your head, carry them in your heart, and share them whenever you can.

Travelin' to Tell!

May came in like a lion and went out like a lion, too!  ROARRR!! 

  • There's another new storytelling venue in Central Ohio!  Java Central Coffee House & Gifts is the site of a new Story Circle, third Thursdays at 7 PM each month.  This is storytelling for the big folks, but it's open to all who may want to come and enjoy.  20 S. State Street, Westerville.  Two old storytelling friends and Ohio teachings artists will be there for a special program on August 20:  Carol Milligan and me!!! Hope to see you there.  
  • Have you ever heard of a "confabulation"?  Well, that means your are going to have to come to the annual Northlands Storytelling Confabulation, and find out what that means!!!  April 24 - 26 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and plans and advertising are already underway for 2016.  I did a master "class" there--forgot to share one part of it, and I think folks still had a good time!  If you've never gone and you're considering attending this event, I guarantee you will be joyfully overwhelmed with grand opportunities to network, learn, and listen. 
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  • Besides Thurber Summer Writing Camps (, Girl Scout day camp, OSU's Early Childhood Education Center, Columbus Arts Festival's spoken word tent, and several storytelling festivals, I'll be at a few branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library in June and July. Go to the library website for more times and more information on: Shepard Branch, June 8; Livingston Branch, June 10; Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch, June 11; New Albany Branch, July 7, and Reynoldsburg Branch, July 10.
  • Storytellers of Central Ohio are in the Word is Art tent at the Columbus Arts Festival every day of the festival!!!  I'll be there on Sunday, June 14, but spoken-word art is programmed all day, every day (in an air conditioned coffee-house tent, y'all!).
  • SOCO's Columbus Story Adventures community outreach program will once again share stories, workshops and free books at the Dowd Center and the Run the Race summer programming. 


My second collection of Affrilachian tales, BEYOND THE BRIAR PATCH, is on sale!  Thank you to Parkhurst Brothers, Inc. Publishers! You can order directly from their catalogue at 

UPDATE!!!  BEYOND THE BRIAR PATCH has been honored with a 2015 Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award! Oh, my goodness!!!  


This one is NOT for kids, cuz'ns!
Look for
 in the 2015 Parkhurst Brothers Catalogue and at and other book sales sites.
I'm soOOOooo excited!!!

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