Monday - July 9, 2018
Issue # 322

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A Warning for This Coming Friday - Beware - TGIF

Do you know

What day this is?
Are you a little afraid to say?
It’s the end of the week…
But beware this ominous day.
For some are fearful
Of what might happen,
They believe something bad will occur.
To them it’s a day
Of doom and gloom.
It’s an omen; a harbinger.
A word that is not routine.
It’s the awful dread
Some feel on this day.
It’s the fear of the number thirteen.
If you’re not superstitious
It won’t bother you.
This day— it matters not.
But just to be
On the very safe side,
There are some things that you should boycott.
Avoid breaking a mirror;
Walking under a ladder;
Stay away from all cats that are black.
And remember
To keep your mother’s back strong,
Never, ever step on a crack!
It’s Friday the thirteenth.
Do you truly believe
That of disaster
There’s no likelihood?
If you’re not truly sure
One hundred percent,
Then play it safe… and just
“Knock on wood!”
©Mark Goldman 2008

Don't Let the Summer Slow You Down

As you can tell, things have slowed down a little for the summer and storytelling. The monthly stalwarts are there: AZ Storytellers Project; Odyssey Storytelling; The Storyline Slam; Chatterbox (weekly) and now, The Moth. These are all OPEN MICS where you can try out your personal stories based on their themes.

Don't forget that you can "Create your own space" too. Grab a "story buddy" and practice a new folktale or fairytale. Read the news or search the encyclopedia for interesting, fact-based or historical tales. Go somewhere new to you in Phoenix, or the state. Discover a new "place" where you might set a story, either true or fictional.

For example, do you know the place pictured at right? Sandy Oglesby does! She won a contest a few years ago by identifying it! Look up "Arizona Falls". It's IN THE CITY! 

Head there early in the morning, before it gets too hot. Sit on the rock benches and think about the water-engineering marvel. Perhaps it could be a derivative story of the "Dancing Princesses". Or think about the double meaning of "Arizona falls". What story would that be? Read the plaques on the property and/or online info. There's a story there!

Don't let the summer heat slow YOU down!

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This Week



Wednesday - July 11th - 8:00pm - 10:00 pm
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë
Chatterbox Storytelling Open Mic is a live storytelling event where everyone is welcome to share their story. Our mission is to give the community a place to share their truth, to connect with others and find their voice.
If you are interested in telling a story you can sign up at the door starting at 7:30pm. We encourage you to share a 6 to 8 minute personal story on the theme, addressing it literally or metaphorically.
Sign-up 7:30pm / Show starts 8pm / Show ends 10pm
All Ages / Adult language and themes may be present
Chatterbox is hosted and produced by Jessie Balli with co-host Estevan Piña. Chatterpod, the podcast recorded at the live show every other week, is produced and recorded by Jared Duran with support from Janell Hughes. The show is hosted on Hoot 'n' Waddle's website.
Fair Trade Cafe is our venue and partner in this show, please support them by purchasing a beverage or snack to enjoy! Free parking for the venue is located in the garage behind the cafe, off of Roosevelt and Central.
More info & tickets

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - SUMMER

Thursday, July 12th - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: SUMMER
Curated by Phil Gordon
Produced by Roscoe Mutz
Summertime and the living is easy…unless you have prickly heat. School’s Out. Gentle Breezes. Ice Cream. Exotic Travel. Adventure, romance and relaxation. Were you a Surfer Girl or did you dread bikini season? Did you have a fling or fall in love with baseball? Come join us to listen to true stories that will no doubt confirm what Ralph Waldo Emerson observed “do what we can, summer will have its flies.”

Tickets at the door. $10 Adults, $7 Students Doors at 6:30.

Storytellers include:
Aimee Finkelstein 
Stephen Krohn 
Paul Lucie 
Dave Margolis
Mike Schaefer
Christine Levine

Click here for details & info

Storyline Slam - LUCK

Friday - July 13th - 7:00 pm
Changing Hands - Phoenix

The line-up for The Storyline SLAM: LUCK:
3. Danae Barnes
4. Dortrecia Adelis
5. Lenys Andrade
6. Seth Goodman
7. Dixie Walljasper
8. Jessica Flagg Lamartiniere
9. John Chako
10. Michael Savarese
At least two storytelling spots are open for a live drawing at 7:00pm on the night of the show. 
There's still room for you. Put your name in the drawing the night of the show for one of the first two storytelling spots!
TICKET (admits one) is $6 in advance, $8 at the door from Changing Hands Phoenix.
Order at 602.274.0067 

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Coming Up


AZ Storytellers Project - Stories About Stories (It's Their 7th Birthday!)
Tues, July 17th - 7:00 pm
The Van Buren
401 West Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

It’s your chance to hear the news behind the news. Journalists from The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com will celebrate the Storytellers Project’s seventh birthday with true stories about journalism.

Emcees: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Kaila White, reporter with The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.
Featured tellers: 
Mary Jo Pitzl, investigative reporter 
Greg Moore, sports columnist 
Ricardo Cano, K-12 reporter 
Lorraine Longhi, Scottsdale watchdog reporter 
Megan Finnerty, founder and director of The Storytellers Project 
Accessibility Note: We are pleased to provide live open captioning for this event, sponsored by the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and provided by Karla Martin.  Nearly 1 out of 5 Arizonans have hearing loss and captioning ensures that everyone can enjoy the event.
If you require accommodations related to mobility or seating for this event or a future Storytellers event, please contact info@storytellersproject.com.
Go Here and enter the code: NEWSROOM for free tickets

The Moth - Age
Wednesday - July 25th 8pm - 10pm
Crescent Ballroom - Doors open at 7

308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

The Moth StorySLAM returns for a night of true, personal storytelling. 

ENDINGS: Prepare a five-minute story about the final scenes. The last day of school, the dramatic breakup, or the last time you saw your dog. Doors closing, windows opening. When it's all said and done, how did it go down?

Tickets: $10

*Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final.
More info & tickets
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When I use a word...

Always one of my favorite quotes! From Lewis Carrol's Through the Looking Glass:

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean- neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master-that's all." (Just for fun, see Tidbits, below.)

Aye, yi, yi, there's the rub, "Which is to be master!"

Yes, many words can mean many different things. And as storytellers, there's more: many words that sound the same can mean even more things! This concept can be used in storytelling for many different effects.

Simple alliteration (repetition of the same letters or sounds) can be of use. In my story, The Princess and the Storyteller Frog, I say that "Frogs from all over the kingdom, came hopping and hoping to marry the princess."  This adds a bit of humor as "hopping" and "hoping" are similar, but different.

Take today, for example: "Many people in the office had their work eclipsed by the eclipse. Using the same word with a slightly different meaning can add interest.

Using the same word that has vastly different meanings can cause people to think more, be more curious, or just listen more closely. I have always loved the word, "stem" because it has fairly opposite meanings. It can mean the stem of a plant, or something that holds something else up. It can mean to stop something, like, "Stem the tide." Or it can mean to originate, as in, "This river stems from the north fork." or "This type of thinking stems from inaccurate information." Here's one: "It's unnatural to stem the flow of a river that stems from the depths of the earth."

Using words that sound alike, but are spelled differently, also forces the listener to be more involved. They often have a poetic effect. "The eyes of all were focused on the voters, and when it was over, the ayes had it. And I was not the only one who was eyed with hatred." 

And just for fun, you could use the WRONG word for what you mean as in "spoonerisms" or "Malaprops". (see below) 

For a lesson in words, meanings, rhymes, etc. go to see a "spoken word" slam or performance. These "poets" use words and language to their advantage in creating images and connections. 

They have heeded Humpty Dumpty's advice, and are "well heeled" in the art and use of words and language.

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Till The End of Time - Or at Least Closing
Speaking of words... I saw this in Safeway. Stood there awhile, but closing time was too late for me to wait.

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

The Chatterbox Open Mic
Every Wednesday - 8:00 PM
Fair Trade Cafe
1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - 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

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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