Monday - July 3, 2017 (Posted On July 4th)
Issue # 269

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NSN Conference - A Gathering Together

This year's NSN Conference theme was All Our Voices: Stories of Immigration and Migration.

It was truly a time of coming together as storytellers from all different walks of life. The Keynote by poetess Naomi Shihab Nye was beautiful and inspiring. Some of you may have heard one of her most well-known poems called "Gate A-4". It's worth another look here.

There were stories from tellers of all different cultures throughout the conference that showcased how alike we all are as human beings.

A highlight for me was meeting and listening to Dr. Rex Ellis. Rex was formerly the Vice President of the Historic Area for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg Virginia. There is a section about him and his work there in Liz Warren's book, The Oral Tradition Today. This book has been read by thousands of storytelling students. For me, it was like having those pages come alive by hearing Rex speak about his work.

Rex is Currently the Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American Culture and History (NMAACH), telling the American story through the lens of the African-American experience. His comments about the museum and the African-American Experience struck us all with great poignancy. He has been a Lifetime Member of NSN for many, many years. It was a great honor and joy for me to finally meet him.

Of course, another highlight was both getting to tell and listen to others at many story swaps during the weekend. And also spending time with friends and colleagues in the storytelling community was energizing as well as comforting.

Next year we will be in Kansas City one more time before moving out to other venues around the country. Make your plans now for July of 2018!

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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, July 6th - 7:00 pm
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street, Tucson

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Emergency!
Screams and shouts!… Fight or flight!… Lights and sirens!… Embarrassing autocorrects! …Diaper explosions! …Wardrobe malfunctions!… Emergencies take many forms and we’ve ALL been there. Whether hideous, horrendous, or hilarious, they often make for great stories. Folks who’ve lived to tell their tales will share them with us at Odyssey’s next show. If this is a medical emergency, please hang up and dial 911. If not, join us at The Screening Room on July 6th!
Avai d’Amico, writer and filmmaker
Lara Howard Smith, avid reader, blogger, and mother
Todd Nardi, wilderness EMT and Infantry Marine
Andy Pfannenstiel, teacher
Joe Silins, contractor and natural builder
Rachel Cramton, pediatric hospital physician
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St
$8 Adults, $6 Students
If you have a story to tell, contact Stories@Odysseystorytelling.com

Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: Stories About Stories
Wednesday - July 12th - 7:00pm
Phoenix Theatre

100 E Mcdowell Rd,
Phoenix, 85004 US

Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of storytelling from the journalists at The Republic and azcentral.com. You’ll hear the stories behind the stories that make this community so wild and wonderful.
Emcee:  Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Joanna Brathwaite, social media and events producer for The Arizona Republic
Featured tellers:
Rebekah Sanders, Maricopa County politics and government reporter
Kaila White, reporter
John D'Anna, Page 1 editor
Craig Harris, state agencies reporter
Yihyun Jeong, public safety reporter 
Megan Cassidy, public safety reporter
Accessibility Note: If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this event or a future Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact Alexus Rhone at arhone@gannett.com. 

Info & Tickets

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Give Me a Number Between 1 and 3

Did you pick "two"? You should have.

Most of us tell stories in either First Person or Third person. It's called Voice or Point of View. First Person uses "I", i.e. "I went to the store." Third Person (Omniscient - all knowing) uses "He, She, They." "He went to the store. They went to the store"

But what about that other choice? What about Second Person? Second Person uses "YOU". "YOU went to the store. YOU are the one who forgot the milk. YOU are the one who disappointed the kids."

More precisely, Second Person is a specific person or character talking to a specific person, character or group. It could be the Wife talking to her Husband. "Why didn't you pick up the milk? You have ruined our dinner." Or, the Wife talking to the Kids. "None of you finished your milk! Your father made a special trip to get it. All of you, go to your room!" It could be a much larger group, like a group of friends at your birthday party, "You have all made me feel very special. And you are the ones who I care about the most."

When deciding from which voice to tell your story, don't forget Second Person. It can be a powerful tool. The narrator can only go so far in showing emotional content. Imagine three different voices.

Third Person, Narrator
"He told her he never loved her. He said she was worthless."
This can only go so far in communicating the emotional impact.

First Person - The Wife
"My Husband told me he never loved me. He said that I was worthless."
First Person goes farther with emotions and can convey the feelings of the main character more clearly.

Second Person - The Wife Talking to the Husband
"You told me you never loved me. You said I was worthless."
But Second Person can reveal a higher level of emotions when it portrays the actual person speaking to another.

Third person is one of the most often used voices in singing. Think of many of Taylor Swift songs where she is talking to a former boyfriend. Many religious songs are specifically talking to God. Other love songs: You Made Me Love You; You are the Sunshine of My Life - Happy Birthday is actually sung in Second person!

Second Person is a little more difficult to pull off in storytelling. One should pay attention to time and place. To switch, one can use the phrase, "And remember last July when you refused to go on vacation with us? That was very hurtful. And don't forget my birthday three years ago. You completely forgot it! When I reminded you, you didn't even apologize!"

Storyteller Corinne Stavish tells many bible stories using Second Person, with the Woman in the story talking to God.

So, don't look only at the two most often used voices in the storytellers' bag of techniques. Consider Second Person, especially when you want to intensify the emotion of the story/character.

Want a challenge? Craft three different versions of your story; one in First Person, one in Third; and one in Second...and see what happens.

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Rest Now...No More Struggles
Dear Mom,

You can rest now...no more struggles.

No more struggling to see with or without your glasses.

No more struggling to see what you are trying to eat. No more struggling to eat, to taste what you may be unsure of.

No more struggling to find the word you wanted to use.

No more struggling to use your voice.

No more struggling to go to sleep, or to stay awake.

No more struggling to want to be independent again; to do things by yourself, for yourself.

No more struggling to remember who people are.

No more struggling to know who you are.

You struggled for so long, and I wished that I could ease those struggles; assuage the battles going on inside. You were powerless to do many things, and unfortunately, I was powerless to help you. The world made you struggle so many times when you deserved better, and I am so sorry for that.

Now, I am both happy and sad that you are struggling no more. I wish that it had happened sooner. I wanted to hold you here forever, but not if you were struggling.

You taught me how to be me...and so much more. I love you with all my heart.

I am so sad you are gone, but I am happy that you can rest now.


My mother, Elaine Eller Goldman, passed away earlier today. She was 97 years old.

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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

Pink Slip Open Mic
Every Monday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

Chatterbox Open 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 - *NO meetings in July & August

Fourth Saturday of each month (usually - check calendar) - *NO meetings in June & July
SMCC Storytelling Institute
A monthly workshop designed to help storytellers build community and deepen repertoire.
See the Calendar

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