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Simon Brooks
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Stories Are Alive!
Telling stories around a fire - circa 2013 Last night I was telling stories at Camp Exclamation Point (CAMP!) where i go every year to share stories with kids who face more challenges in their lives than most. For the last five years, I think it is, Odds Bo...

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Beowulf
What gives you joy? What brings you into the present? For me, storytelling does this in bucket loads.  You have to present to listen to stories otherwise you lose the thread of what's going on, you cannot remember the story. Some stories are hard to listen ...

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4th July
The day was planned to be uneventful. Start with a walk, chill out with my son, maybe take in some fireworks, or watch a very American movie or two! The day began with the walk. About a year ago I found this truck door on a trail with what I thought were fl...

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Why should I read or tell old folk stories and fairy tales to children?
Reading to children is very important and there is that
attribution to Einstein, about the importance of fairy tales. Research has
informed me that Rita McDonald wrote an article: “Children’s Reading in the
Space Age,” in   Montana
Libraries , in July 1958....

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Personal Development and Why an Artist Should Be Paid!
It is Friday. We have a couple of electricians working on our stove, putting new wiring in, banging and crashing. I am exhausted. Some of my equipment at a gig A few weeks ago I was working all weekend at a conference with the delightful Doug Lipman on soun...

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Rumi and Storytelling
If you have been to one of my 'grown-up' gigs, or even one of my family gigs, you might know I am a fan of Rumi. Rumi is a poet, and came fro m Persia,  originally from the  Balkh , in present-day  Afghanistan. He lived in the 1200's. Rumi once said to his ...

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Stories, and more stories - Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and Patakin by Nina Jaffe
 Fact - I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. Fact - I am a huge fan of the Norse myths. So when Neil came out with his retelling, I was thrilled, excited and pre-ordered his book, Norse Mythology . I waited months, and months, and months. And it arrived in Febru...

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Here's To 2017

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An alternate look at the story of Troy (Circa Homer)
Please tell me the Iliad is a satire! Please. I have just read (and finished),  for the first time, the epic by Homer. What follows is an alternative look at the story of the Iliad and the fall of Troy, with some of the poem's backstory. Those Greek gods! I...
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