spice

The Spice Of Life

They say variety is the spice of life.

Back in October I had the pleasure of being a part of a variety show here in Charlotte North Carolina. called Chevy Does Charlotte.

The name might suggest it has something to do with cars, but in fact “Chevy” is a person, and she is the organizer of this event which occurs 2-3 times a year here in the Queen City. She is the one at the beginning of the video introducing me.

The show was made up of musicians, poets, comedians, an expert on local paranormal activity and yours truly… a storyteller.

The theme of the event was “Do you believe?” My story was titled, “Do you believe diamonds are forever?” It isn’t what you think, but to find out you’ll have to watch the video. […]

Story

A Performance Video (of sorts)

This past weekend I had the honor of sharing the stage with seven very talented storytellers. The stories told ran the gamut from silly, to strange, to deep.

I told a story that has been brewing inside me for the better part of a decade. If you watch the video below you will see why this story was hard for me to write, and even more difficult to perform.

I have now been a public facing storyteller for the better part of five years. If there is one thing I have learned it is this… a well-told story has a far reaching effect on those who hear it, and you will never know who you will touch and in what ways.

So, please invest the nine minutes it will take to watch the video, and pass it along to anyone who you think will appreciate the message.

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Storytelling

Get Up & Get Out – It’s Storytelling Week!

Ah, the holidays. Last week we hosted friends from out of town, and had thirteen around the Thanksgiving table. In fewer than two weeks, we’re having more than 150 in our home for my wife’s holiday work party. Then on December 22, I’m traveling 750 miles, north into the snow, with four teenagers for Christmas.

Suffice it to say… it is a busy time of year.

So, with all this going on I figured, why not commit to two different live storytelling events in one week?

That’s right, this week I am performing three times at two different events. If you are in Charlotte NC, I enthusiastically encourage you to come out to at least one and maybe all. The details are below: […]

Surprise

Half Century Surprise

I really like surprises. Unfortunately, being both a curious and hyper-observant person, I tend to see most things coming, and from quite a distance.

For my readers who are unaware, I turn fifty next month. At approximately 9:40pm central time on December 12th, I will complete my fiftieth trip around the sun. I can appreciate the idea about birthdays being a fairly arbitrary thing to celebrate, but society will do what society wants to do.

From my inherently intuitive perspective, milestone birthdays are absolutely the worst time to try and plan a surprise for anyone. Even those folks who are considered “easy-to-surprise,” will be on high alert when such an event is coming up.

When I was sixteen, I thought someone in my world might try and pull off a surprise, but 12-12-85 came and went without any flipping on of lights followed by familiar screams. […]

Podcast

And Now For Something Completely Different

If you’ve ever watched Monty Python’s Flying Circus, then you know where from the title comes. For more than four years, the pages of this blog have been filled with mostly writing, and a smattering of video. Today I bring you something else entirely, a serial story podcast.

Earlier this year I began doing some performance work with a new creative group called Cartage Theatre which produces live radio plays complete with hands-on sound effects.

This experience led to me being asked to perform on a this serial podcast about a gumshoe detective named Samwell Sift in a zombie apocalypse. We rehearsed and recorded this summer, and now it is available to listen on several platforms (see links below). […]

Tools

Tools Of The Trade

This is the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series of guest posts. I often see great stories out in the world, and I am going to make an effort to bring as many of them to you as possible.

I met Scott Coene at Harris Hill Elementary School more than four decades ago. He and I were never great friends, but we’ve never had a beef with each other either. It is one of those casual friendships that has literally stood the test of time.

Scott runs a baseball bat company called Powerhouse Bats, out of his garage in Irondequoit, NY. After long days at his “real job,” Scott makes personalized custom wood bats, one at a time, mostly for little league and high school players all over the country. […]