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All over the Pittsburgh area superheroes have united and are defeating Troglodyte in my Library Summer Reading programs which are well underway. At the end of the month I’ll be taking a short break to attend my daughter’s wedding in Boston then straight on to the National Storytelling Network’s Annual Conference in Kansas City. Can’t wait to see the new home of NSN! July is going to be a busy month!

When I return from the conference we go straight into the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival. Check out the new schedule and buy tickets at the festival website http://www.3rstf.org. I’ll be helping with the workshops on Friday, August 7th, this year being held at the Depreciation Lands Museum, then on Saturday, August 8th, I’ll be performing a 25 minute set at 11:00 am then as part of the Liars Team in the 1st Annual Story Scrum, and I close out the night with a chilling ghost story!

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Through storytelling you actually feel, taste, smell and touch the woods on a dark night or the spray of the sea as it breaches the prow of a ship. As you listen, you take adventures, feel what it was like to live in other places, and maybe even remember what it was like to be a kid again sitting around the fire listening to the stories of your grandparents.

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I love watching an audience be enveloped by a story - watching them travel with me through the landscape of words that create the images of the tale. It is so much fun to hold the listeners in my hands, watching them use their imagination to "see" the events unfolding. My audiences have enjoyed wonderful tales of the past, present, and future having moments of laughter, times when they might sigh, learned a moral, or even jumped in fright. Then I know I have done my job, I have taken them on that journey with me to fascinating places, helping them to understand what has gone before or seeing what the future may hold.

Before the written word much of our history, cultural traditions, morals and skills
were passed by word of mouth by the travelers, minstrels and bards traveling from town
to town.   My interest in storytelling slowly developed over the years as I volunteered in
my children's school, worked with scouting groups, and in the camping industry.  I hope I
have inspired my audiences’ imaginations, stretched their own creativity and helped them
to see history in a way they had never imagined.  

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