Monday - July 30, 2018
Issue # 325

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It Takes A Tribe…

Thanks to all who congratulated me in person and/or online. You have all contributed to me receiving this award, and my life as a storyteller.

This year’s NSN Summit was quite a whirlwind. Great breakout sessions and wonderful Fringe performances, but for me, as always, seeing friends and colleagues was the most gratifying. And yes, the anticipation of the Oracle Award Ceremony, and the ceremony itself, contributed to my joy. Accepting this award with so many of my peers in attendance was one of the great moments in my storytelling life!

My name was picked from the hat for the Slam, and although I wasn’t first, second, or third, I told a solid story and the audience enjoyed it. Many people thanked me for it afterwards and said they liked it. NOTE: after telling the story the night before, Loren Niemi gave me some requested feedback. It helped me tighten up the story and add a good through-line. Thank you, Loren, for your wise tutelage.
Which brought me to a realization: It takes a Tribe to raise up a Storyteller. I was getting an award for my service and leadership in the community, but there have been so many who have helped to “raise me up” in my journey as a storyteller, coach and teacher. From admiring so many, to becoming colleagues, I have been lifted. At several times during the weekend, I looked around and felt the energy of the tribe surrounding me.
When the ceremony arrived, Laura Packer and I wondered who would come to tears first. As she introduced me, she was the first, yet I was not far behind. Her heart-felt introduction was an award by itself, as her words made me feel great pride for my work.
I thanked Liz Warren, who nominated me, and those who wrote letters of support. Then, I began my story of Phillip. He was a sixth grader whom had difficulty in class at first, but in the end, told a good story, and used that story to “win” in a world that made no sense. My eyes welled up, and I had to stop and breathe several times in order to get the story out. My next award was the standing ovation I received from the crowd. It was another affirmation of my work, and the connection I have with this tribe.
I am greater than the sum of my parts. And those parts are every member of the tribe whom I learned from, listened to, talked to or helped in some way. “Let the Circle Be Unbroken” is our anthem. We sing it at the end of the awards ceremony as a tribute to each other, and to our storytelling ancestors who have passed away, and passed down their legacy to all of us.
Thank you all, past, present and future, who have raised me up to be the storyteller and leader I am today.
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This Week


Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson - RED FLAGS

Thursday, August 2nd - 7:00 pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street, Tucson

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: RED FLAGS
Curated by Adam Hostetler

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

Warning signs ignored. Hunches disregarded. Persistent doubts that refuse to go away. With the benefit of hindsight, our storytellers share true stories of red flags they should have heeded…or at least noticed..
Storytellers include:

Click here for details & info

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Coming Up


AZ Storytellers Project - Our Family, Our Culture
Tues, August 21st - 7:00 pm
Phoenix Theatre
100 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Every family has its own quirks, traditions, recipes and memories. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for a night of tales about the families we’re born into and the ones we choose.
Emcee: Megan Finnerty, founder of the Storytellers Project, and Lorraine Longhi, Scottsdale reporter for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. 
Featured tellers:
Millie Hollandbeck
Dimon Sanders 
Randall Howe
Terri Trent
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 Kaila White at kaila.white@arizonarepublic.com
For more info & Tickets
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We call it Networking. I am not sure I like that word. I think it's more like, "connecting". Outside of tips about specifically crafting or telling, I think it's one of the most important tips I can offer.

Connect with the people around you; your friends; relatives; co-workers; people you meet every day and any day. Take time to listen and understand them. This will give you great insight into their story and who they are. It will help you later in crafting stories.

Connect with the people in your "tribe". As I mentioned in the News article above, these are the people that will help you in your journey. I don't just mean as teachers or coaches. I mean as colleagues who have "been there" and who can help you navigate the waters of our profession and business. They can link you to others in our tribe and be conduits to higher levels in your role as a storyteller.

Connect with those who have gone before you. Read about them, learn about them from your colleagues; watch videos of them and learn how they used story to energize and connect to their audiences.

It's all about how you connect with the world around you.

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The San Diego Connection

Welcome to Storytellers of San Diego 

Eclipse "Beyond the Sea," August 1st, 7:00pm at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, South Park

Stories of the Sea and those who venture upon her, with Sarah Saulter, Mindy Donner, Arlyn Hackett, Marilyn McPie and  hosted by Jim Dieckmann at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro, 2145 Fern Street, (Fern and Ivy) 7:00 - 9:00, Suggested donation $5
Eclipse website               event flyer  

Peace  "Waging Peace," New Americans Museum, August 3rd, 6:30-7:30, Liberty Station

Opening reception for the "Waging Peace," exhibit, with storytelling and music byMarilyn McPhie, Jim Dieckmann, Pamela Reinagel, Rachel Amov, and Mindy Donner,2825 Dewey Road, #102, FREE  
New Americans Museum website          event flyer


Aunt Li-Anne Aunt Li-Anne , "Storytime", Encinitas Library, 11:00am, August 6th, 20th and 27th

540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas FREE   

Marilyn McPhie "Stories Take You Everywhere," August 10th, 10am, College-Rolando Library

6600 Montezuma Rd., San Diego, FREE
information:  (619) 533-3902   Marilyn's website

"San Diego Festival of Books," August 25th, 10am-5pm, Liberty Station

2nd Annual, with storytelling in the Children's Pavilion, FREE
Information:  Festival of Books website

Twainfest "Twainfest," August 19th, 11am- 5pm, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Family friendly event with music, games, giant puppets, and storytelling with Marilyn McPhie, Free
Information:   Write Out Loud website           event poster


Harlynne Geisler Harlynne Geisler, August 15th, 10:30am, "Preschool Stories and a Craft," University Community Library

Every 3rd Wedneday, 4155 Governor Dr., San Diego, (858) 552-1655, FREE
Harlynne's website

Open Mic Storytelling


"The Narrators" at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, North Park, August 14thth, 8:00pm

Topic: "'Cheating"  at Tiger, Tiger Tavern, 3025 El Cajon Blvd, North Park, tavern website
FREE for participants and listeners, to share a true personal story.  Signup online at:  
"The Narrators" website
More information contact Robert email

Storytellers of San Diego

"4th Wednesday Open Mic"
August 22nd, 7:00pm

All tellers and listeners are welcome to attend at the Barnes and Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego 92129.
Contact Marilyn McPhie for more information call (858) 484-1325 or email mmcphie@gmail.com

Long Story Short
"Long Story Short", August 2nd, Rooted Kava Bar, Hillcrest, 7:00pm

Topic: "Grounded,"  7:00-9:00pm, Open to one and all to tell a five minute story without notes on the theme: Suggested donation $5

Rooted Kava Bar
1731 University Ave, (parking in back)
Long Story Short website


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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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