Monday - August 21, 2017
Issue # 276

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Don't Get Eclipsed!

That could mean: don't get cut off.

With today in mind, and connected to this week's tip, here are two photos I was able to take of today's eclipse. They came out well, I think, but my eyes hurt from trying to focus the lens. It's clear that these have more detail than the NASA photos. Not sure why, but after it was all over. I was still hungry. 


Storytelling Workshops for Seniors

Actress, writer and teacher, Kim Porter is offering (through Jewish Family and Children's Services) 2 storytelling workshops especially for older adults.  

The classes start the first week of September and run for 8 weeks.  There is one in Northern Scottsdale and one in Peoria.

They are both daytime hours. They are pretty inexpensive, either $60 (or possibly $80), - not sure.

For more info, contact Kim: kim@benkaplan.info

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This Week


Storyfind Resumes This Month at SMCC

Storyfind - Awaken Your Inner Traditional Storyteller with Liz Warren
August 26, 2017 ~ 1PM - 3PM 

Storyfind is a free monthly storytelling workshop series presented by the faculty of the SMCC Storytelling Institute. The workshops are on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 in PAC-739 at South Mountain Community College. 
What is storytelling? Why has it become so popular? What is the role of the storyteller in a community? How can you awaken your inner “traditional storyteller” to tell your own stories, and those of your family and community? Join Liz to explore these questions as you find and craft a story that documents an important change in your life.

Liz Warren, a fourth-generation Arizonan, directs the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The Institute received the Maricopa Community Colleges 2016 Diversity Award, and the 2014 New Times Best of Phoenix award for “Best Place to Learn to Tell Tales.” Her textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling is used at colleges around the nation.
Click here to see the entire Storyfind Calendar

Two Free Workshops inTucson

August 26, 2017 10-3:30 (with a break for lunch)
Christ Lutheran Vail Church
14600 E. Colossal Cave Road, Vail, AZ

Penelope Starr and J.J. Lamb, co-founder of the Vail Preservation Society are collaborating on two FREE workshops for Storying Arizona--Celebrating Every Voice.
In section one, “The Art and Craft of Personal Storytelling,” taught by Penelope, participants will discover the secrets of selecting, perfecting and performing personal stories in this 2 ½ hour interactive workshop. They will learn the important elements of organizing a story, practice presenting a story in a safe and supportive atmosphere, and gain confidence in their innate abilities.
After the lunch break, J.J. Lamb and Gerald Lamb will present “Discovering Local Stories Through Oral History”, discussing how to preserve a document and share stories of your family, friends or organization. This workshop is sponsored by a generous grant from Arizona Humanities. For more information contact vailpreservationsociety@gmail.com.
This Storying Arizona Storytelling Workshop is presented through the generosity of Arizona Humanities.
To register email vailpreservatonsocieity@gmail.com. Bring a brown bag lunch or pre-order Baggin's lunch for $10. Water and beverages will be available.

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Coming Up


AZ Live Storytelling
Life and Death

Wednesday - August 30th - Crescent Ballroom

Every breath is a gift. What about when that breath ceases? In what ways is that, too, a gift? Join azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic for a night of stories about stops and starts, about beginnings and endings.

Emcee: Megan Finnerty
Featured Storytellers:
Lizbeth Congiusti
Desiree Garcia
Karina Bland 
Liz Warren
Melissa Fossum
Seth Conaway
John Countryman

Doors open at 6:30 PM - stories start at 7:00 PM

General Admission: $10 - Students $5

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, just contact Megan Finnerty:
Click here for tickets

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting
Saturday, September 9th - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

Due to Labor-Day Weekend - TOT will meet on the SECOND Saturday in September.

Tellers of Tales in Tucson will have another great meeting!
Tucson Tellers of Tales meets on the 1st Saturday of each month (except July & August).There is networking, a short business meeting and usually some sort of program.
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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."

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

Yes, many words can mean many different things. 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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And then, there are other ways to use language and words:

I poted this about a tear ago in regards to actually poofreading your written nieces. But now, I offer it as an ex mantle of his best Spoonerisms and Malaprops!

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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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