Monday - August 29, 2016
Issue # 226

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Guild Meetings are Back!

The summer is almost over! Labor Day is next Monday. School started last week at the Maricopa Community colleges. And the Arizona storytelling guilds are all back on schedule with their meetings: Tucson TOT and West Side Story Tellers both on the first Saturday of each month and East Valley TOT on the second Saturday. It will be good to get back in the swing of things and share again with colleagues!

And once again, I have an interesting and diverse array of storytelling students in my two classes at Glendale Community College. It's exciting to welcome new classes of students and see how they begin to take on the task of studying storytelling. They're already bonding in small group exercises and handing out "appreciations". I love to see those light bulbs beginning to turn "on"!

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This Week


Executive Speaker Training

TODAY! - Monday - August 29th
Storyteller and Trainer Extraordinaire Sean Buvala will be conducting his Executive Speaker Training Workshop next week.

Here are just a few of the things you will learn:

*The one question you must answer for your audience right away.
*Discover your individual secret that separates you from the rest of the speakers.
*The surprising techniques of a good speaker that you need before you even open your mouth.
*The power of crafting a story: knowing what to keep and what to lay aside.
But wait . . . there's more! Check out Sean's website to learn more about this amazing workshop and why you should attend.

Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson

Thursday, September 1st
The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street , Tucson

This curated Storytelling event in Tucson is in its 13th year! Six people are invited to tell ten minute, personal stories on a theme in front of an audience. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller

Forgiveness is everywhere on Facebook. Forgiveness needs no words, only an open heart,” says one meme. Another meme that’s pink with a butterfly in the corner says, “When you forgive, you release a painful burden.” And then there is the response to this meme, made by some forgiveness denier–it’s also pink but it’s got a moth in the corner, and it says, “When you hold a grudge, you devote yourself to a higher cause–making that a**hole pay.”
Nonfiction Writer Melanie Madde
Musician and Writer Maggie Golston
Proud Colonoscopy Recipient Robert Ronquillo
Award-Winning Storytelling MC and Storyteller Dan Hoen Hull
Fiction Writer Kindall Gray
Recent NYC Moth Slam Winner Anna Darian
Odyssey producer, Roscoe Mutz.
$8 Adults, $6 Students
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
Have you visited The Screening Room's fabulous concession stand? There's beer, wine, and excellent snacks. They'll even place an order for you with Empire Pizza and have it delivered to your seat. Who knew?
If you have a story to tell, contact Penelope@odysseystorytelling.com or Adam@odysseystorytelling.com

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Guild Meeting

Saturday, September 3rd - 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway.

The Unscrewed Theater is a great place for TOT to meet. It is located across the street from The Loft Theater in a strip mall next to Walgreens. There is plenty of parking in the back of the building, and the entrance to the theater is next to the parking lot.

Visit Their Facebook Page

West Side Story Tellers Guild Meeting

Saturday, September 3rd ~ 10am - Noon

The West Side Story Tellers monthly guild meeting will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale.

Chek out their NEW website! http://westsidestorytellers.weebly.com/

For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at: WestSideStoryTellers@Yahoo.com.

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Coming Up


East Valley Tellers of Tales Guild Meeting
Saturday, September 10th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!

East Valley Tellers of Tales is looking at ways to create outreach, new ideas for the group, plans for the future and more. Join us and lend your talent and energy to help us grow.

Click here for details & info

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Don't Let Your Index Cards Show

This week's tip comes from local Teller-Teacher-Colleague Harriet Cole. In her most recent blog, Harriet shares

Research is how I, as a storyteller, build the world in which my story lives. When the time comes to actually craft my story, I have to remind myself of my mother’s wisdom – don’t let your index cards show. 

I've written before about putting too much information in your story in Connect the Dots and Can't See the Tree for the Branches, but Harriet has a slightly different slant on the subject. And it's a great way to put things into perspective regarding what you keep in and what you keep out of your story. It packs a lot of weight, especially coming from her mother!
Click here for the entire article on Harriet's blog

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Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things - It will Make You Happy
There's science behind this headline!

First, here's the story:
This last weekend, my buddy Carl and I went to Oceanside, California for a friend's wedding. We drove out Friday and arrived mid-afternoon. We checked into the hotel, went to the beach for a short walk, then found a local fish house for dinner. The food was "so-so" and the service was even worse. Oh well, chalk it up to another one we cross off our list. The next morning, our luck turned around at a local hash house called Mary's Family Kitchen; a delightfully fun joint with friendly waitresses, great breakfast and a collection of quirky customers (and that includes us)! Another trip to the beach where I attempted to boogie-board for an hour and then on to a lovely wedding on the base at Camp Pendleton. Then, on Sunday, the dull drive home!

Carlsbad surf and the sand


Cross this off
This one's a keeper
Lovers Laughing & Dancing

So, what's the point? As I said, there's science behind the headline. In an article on fast.co.exist.com (click for entire article), Jay Cassano writes

"One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation," says Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades. "We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them."

So rather than buying the latest iPhone or a new BMW, Gilovich suggests you'll get more happiness spending money on experiences like going to art exhibits, doing outdoor activities, learning a new skill, or traveling (my emphasis here).

One study conducted by Gilovich even showed that if people have an experience they say negatively impacted their happiness, once they have the chance to talk about it, their assessment of that experience goes up.

That last piece is evidenced by the fact that Carl and I continued to talk about the "shared experience" of the poor restaurant we had. 

"We consume experiences directly with other people," says Gilovich. "And after they're gone, they're part of the stories that we tell to one another."

Storytellers know this, that telling stories is a way to allow other people to experience the things we did, even when they weren't there!

So, all-in-all, science tells us that spending money on storytelling trips to Europe and jaunts to California will make us happy. Especially if we get a break from the heat in 75 degree ocean breezes!

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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

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 - *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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