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My story so far....

After 35 years as a newspaper columnist, feature writer and TV critic, I discovered live storytelling. I get a kick out of making audiences laugh.

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Summer is here and I'm excited to be headed to Edinburgh Scotland where we will take in the annual Fringe Festival and I may get to share a story there.
By chance I met a teller at the recent Orland Fringe and she is doing shows in Edinburgh, and she invited me to drop by and tell one.   Gotta try it.
Also, I''ll be sending a story or two soon to WNCW radio in North Carolina which is showcasing stories now.
Just returned from a good road trip where I got to tell at the Atlanta Moth on Monday, June 17.  I did not win but I scored very high.  Great experience with 200 plus in the audience. The theme was "Guts" and I told about having the nerve to do some undercover reporting at a questionable spa.
I also dropped in on a story night at a brewery in my hometown of Greenville, SC for a night of "Ales and Tales."  I told a Father's Day story there.
Also in June, I returned to the Barberville Pioneer Settlement near Deland, Fla. for Old Florida Days and told some Bone Mizell stories.​
In May, I was in Mount Dora where I told a braided story at the monthly lunch of Central Florida Storytellers, and I volunteered to work at the Tama Fringe Festival in June.
 Had a great time in April as master of ceremonies at the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in Woodruff, S.C.
 I also volunteered in April at the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival in Hiawassee, Ga.   Met some wonderful tellers at both events.
While up there, I had a chance to share stories at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.
In March, I helped out as a co-host at the Cumberland Falls Story Festival in Cumberland Falls State Park in Kentucky.   Last year, I won the Liar's Contest.  Came in second this year.
 

The Storytelling Open Mic at the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center continues on the first Wednesday of the month until the summer heat gets us.   Been doing this since 2019.

 

I am still joining Zoom sessions, including Tim Tingle's monthly Doc Moore night.  Love those folks and what a thrill it was to be with Tim at the annual Florida Storytelling Festival in January.   We are so much alike, it's scary.

 

Hey, I won the story slam at the Festival. Took home $100 but the best thrill was all the laughs.

Also I can in third place in the Florida Liars Contest.

So far this year (2024) I had a blast at the Florida Festival.  Also this year,  I entertained the Clearwater Yacht Club, as well as the Retired Teachers of Hillsborough County.

I continue to tell at the Second Saturday Storytelling O[pen Mic at The Factory Art Gallery in St. Petersburg.  It's a full house usually for our group: The Suncoast Storytellers.

As 2023 wound down, I traveled down to Boca Raton to speak at the library and a community center.   I also made it up to Mount Dora for the monthly sessions at the Magical Meat Boutique.

I was the featured teller at the kickoff of Shameless Story Night at The Fringe Theatre in Ybor City.  We started a monthly storytelling session but couldn't draw a crowd.

Other highlights on 2024: 

Featured teller at Jack Graham's Songs and Story Night at the Blue Bamboo in Winter Park, Fl.

Emcee at Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in April 2023.

Storyteller at Barberville Pioneer Village Spring Fling in April 2023

Winner of the Liars Contest at the Cumberland Falls Ky. Story Festival.

Host of The Liars Contest at the Florida Storytelling Festival in January 2033.

Last Year: 2022

The Susquehanna Folk Festival (Second place Liars Contest 2022)

Haygood Mill Liars Contest in South Carolina (3rd place) 2022

South Carolina Stone Soup Festival (April 22-23) New Voices and 2nd place in 2020 Liars Contest.

Florida Cracker Storytelling Festival in Polk County 2022

Regular at Second Saturday Open Storytelling during St. Pete Art Walk (since Feb. 2022)

Board member of Florida Storytelling Association (2022)

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