Monday June 15, 2015
Issue # 164

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com

Phoenix in Ireland

Four Phoenix storytelling lasses are now in Ireland! Liz Warren is once again teaching the Irish Storytelling Tradition with Study Abroad Ireland. Joining her this summer is Dixie Walljasper. Last week, Laura Rutherford went for a visit, and now Diana Lucente has landed on the emerald isle! Phoenix is well represented! 








Always informative and enlightening, check out Liz's Ireland blog. It's a travelogue, a story log and a glimpse into the sights, sounds, people, stories and traditions of Irish Storytelling! Click on the picture or on the link below to revel in the green!
Check out Liz's Ireland Journal

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This Week


Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Joyce Story will be telling at the Nature Center of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Joyce tells mesmerizing nature stories. They are all original, fact-based stories about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355
Joyce will also be doing programs on:
June 19th at 2:00 pm
June 30th at 10:00 am

Storyline - Father: Hero, Villain, Human

Friday, June 19th at 8:00 p.m.

Storyline presents... FATHER, a storytelling show directed and "mostly" written by Rachel Eseoghene Egboro to honor fathers just in time for Father's Day. Rachel is a local storyteller and co-host of Yarnball, a storytelling open-mic.

Tickets: $10 when purchased online at www.space55.org or $15 at the door
Location: Space 55 (636 E Pierce St, Phoenix 85004)


Youth Story Journey Workshop

Saturday, June 20, 2015  10:00am - 11:30am

You don't have to go to NSN in Kansas City this summer to discover the value of the Hero's Journey in creating inter-generational communities where youth thrive. 

Experience the story-based process Harriet Cole uses when working with the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix right here in Phoenix during her preview of her NSN Conference workshop. 
This is a way to empower youth to become the here's of their own journeys. Spend a morning learning the activities that will set the youth in your world on the path to increased presentation skills, confidence, and self-esteem. 

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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: Stories of Entrepreneurship
Wednesday - June 24th
mod on Central
2828 North Central Avenue

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona at a chic new co-working space for a night of inspiring, compelling stories of Valley entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders, the people with the vision, talent and boldness to help shape our city. 
Featured Tellers:
Tim Cleary, co-founder of Elevate Phoenix 
Georgeanne Bryant, owner of Francis boutique
Sam Alpert, co-founder of David and Sam PR. Now, Senior VP of Development at Junior Achievement
Ron Foligno, founder of Ghosticorn Apparel 
Jennifer Adams, interior designer and founder of Jennifer Adams Worldwide, Inc.
Hailey Frances, co-founder of The Dog Party
Rosanna Fierros,  founder of Family Friend Care Consultants
Michael Heller, co-founder Plus2 Technologies
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

More info here

Out Of The Box Storytelling
Women Storytellers
Saturday, June 27th - 10am - Noon (doors open at 9:30 am)

Anne McDowell has organized another event:
Out of the Box Storytelling - Women Storytellers.

A place for Christian women to get together to hear and tell of the wonders that God has done in their lives or (with permission) in the lives of others.  This is a fun, exciting new way to hear six 8-10 minute personal, uplifting, faith-promoting stories about the wonders of God, and enjoy a delicious brunch! They offer fun, laughter, and a chance to win door prizes!

It's at Dobson’s Restaurant at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa from 10am - 12 Noon.
Click here for details

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What stories do you have about memorialization? Preserving the memories, how do we do it? How have you done it?

In the early days of the Apple Macintosh computer, Steve Jobs and the team that created the Macintosh wanted to memorialize their work. The world had never seen anything like the MAC. Do you remember that iconic, classic commercial with the Orwellian society; the girl running with the hammer and smashing the big screen? Did you know that it was only shown on TV once, on the Super Bowl? Only once!

The original MAC was inspired by Job's study of calligraphy, and it had many cursive fonts, a far departure for the few static fonts that the PC or even the original Apple had. But the manual didn't list all the fonts. The team knew that the users would play around with the keyboard. With some seemingly random combinations of different keystrokes, one could get some very interesting characters on the screen.

But they wanted to memorialize all of their efforts. How could they do that? They had their signatures etched into the cabinet that held all the parts. Most people never saw it. But for the dreamers, the nerds that ventured to open up the cabinet, they would find the names of the creators, etched in stone (or plastic), so to speak, for all eternity.

Read the whole story here

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A Sense of Humor
You have to have a sense of Humor - and maintain it. Life is too short to take everything so seriously. Along with the above tip about memorialization, here's another story from the early days of computer games.

In the very early days, a game called Zork had no graphics and no sound...just text and weird logic. It would present you with a short scenario in text, then wait for your input about what you wanted to try to do. Ex:

"You are standing outside the house."
You then typed in your response:
You - "Go into the House" - Computer: "How?"
You - "Open the door." - Computer: "The door is locked."
You - "Look under the doormat." - Computer: "There is a key."
You - "Unlock the door." - Computer - "The door is unlocked."

It took quite some time to search in the house, see what was there, find the trap door, go into the dungeon and confront the troll. By this time, you have amassed a few weapons. Each attempt at using a weapon was fruitless. 

The Troll ducked. - The bullet missed the Troll. - The Troll caught the knife and ate it.

All responses made the user (me) more and more frustrated. It seemed that the Troll was not able to be killed. And after many, many attempts, and having to start over many times, the frustration turned to anger, and anger turned to rage. I didn't even think about the response. I just typed in the words:

"F__K the Troll!"

The computer's response:

"Insults of that nature will not faze the Troll."

It would seem that the nerds who programmed Zork had both an understanding of human nature, and a great sense of humor!

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Homebase Poetry
Usually the THIRD Sunday of each month - Phoenix
Make sure you check the Faceboook page

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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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