Oct 25, 2020    
4:30 pm PDT - 6:00 pm PDT

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Our own Margaret Mitchell and friend, Ashton Cynthia Clarke, will tell their stories at Tales by the Sea, a storytelling show for grown-ups. Q & A will follow after the concert.
RSVP to Dominique@MalibuUMC.org for the show link or click the above button.

Sunday, October 25, 2020 @ 4:30pm PDT/7:30pm EDT


Donna Lynn Caskey may claim the banjo as her instrument, but in truth, it’s her heart and her voice and her writing that deliver her truths… Through loss, struggle, anger and forgiveness and more, Donna Lynn’s voice carries you to places in your own heart and memory that help you heal, forgive, find strength, find a kindred spirit, and ultimately rejoice in a quiet, satisfied comfort.” – Peggy Glenn, Songwriter’s Square
Listen and learn more at http://www.donnalynncaskey.com


Stan Sellers is an actor and a bicyclist. He can be seen riding in the north Valley, Westlake, or any number of canyon roads so please yield to cyclists. We matter, too!
He tells “Finding The Right Words”.

Originally from New York City, Ashton Cynthia Clarke works as an executive search consultant or “headhunter” in her other life. When an old friend joked, “what do you do with the rest of the body?!” Ashton took that as a sign to begin something new. She started storytelling in 2019 and has appeared at venues throughout the L.A. area and on Zoom, including Risk! Live and the podcast; The Otter Story Hour; and Shoot ‘Em Up, where her story inspired a short film. She is currently developing an animated short based on a family member’s life in the Caribbean. You can also find her readings of Psalms of the Bible set to music, on YouTube at Ashton Cynthia Clarke.

Bryan Kett is an award-winning writer, teacher, and storyteller whose work has appeared on The Moth Podcast, RISK! and TED.com. He tells “Now What?”

Dr. Ruby Carroll Simpkins is a Boston-trained physician, a poet and a storyhealer. A storyhealer is a storyteller who weaves tales primarily to heal the soul, the spirit and the body. Doctor Ruby, as she is affectionately called, grew up in Louisiana. She attended Southern University in Baton Rouge and received a BS in Chemistry before going to Boston University Medical School. She also trained on Harvard and Tufts University Medical Services. She recently retired after practicing internal medicine in Agoura Hills for 33 years. Dr. Ruby made her debut as a storyteller at the By the Sea Theater in Malibu. She has been featured at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica and at various venues in Southern and Northern California, as well as the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. Dr. Ruby, storyhealer, hopes that her stories will help heal the sick, comfort the suffering and bring peace to a divided country and world.

Margaret Mitchell For as long as she can remember, Margaret Mitchell has had a love affair with the written and the spoken word. This spark was ignited by her mother, who filled the home with books, introduced her to the wonders of the library, and entertained family and friends with a seemingly endless stream of stories. Margaret is a member of StoryMasters, a Toastmasters club where members gather monthly to tell and listen to stories, and a student of the Tell Me A Story workshop taught by eminent storyteller Barbara H. Clark. She tells “The Protest”.

Xaque Gruber’s TV credits include “The Michael Jackson Memorial Service,” the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network and playing Francisco the Party Planner on FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” He was the final contestant ever on “Hollywood Squares.” Xaque was a professional hand model for Target Stores. As a journalist, he wrote hundreds of pieces for The Huffington Post, and other news outlets. His first comedy short film entitled “The Pistol,” premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently in post production on “Sallywood,” his first feature length film as writer/ director. Xaque authored the book, A Big Adventure In Smallest State: A History of Rhode Island for All Ages. His fine art has been exhibited in galleries across the country. He loves teaching art and taught many thousands of children through the 1990s. In 1999 he was nominated for Massachusetts Art Teacher of the Year. He has been an art therapist in assisted living homes, Alzheimer’s homes, and currently in the State of Florida’s first ever Art & Cancer treatment program.


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