How To Be Japanese — Miyo-Mazing

How To Be Japanese — Miyo-Mazing

by Tina Tomiyama, with help from Ashton Cynthia Clarke, Anna Ziss-Patton and Aprille Isham Oh, StoryMasters! Like all of you, I’ve relished Miyo Yamauchi’s stories, doled out to us once every few months on a Zoom screen—but who could have imagined the tremendous...
Lee Amatangelo at SAC’s Historical Stories

Lee Amatangelo at SAC’s Historical Stories

by Ashton Cynthia Clarke I Zoom’ed in to SAC’s Historical Stories show on April 20 to learn more about the genre. Perhaps this was an area into which I might expand. Watching Lee Amatangelo tell “The Day the Sun Rose Twice,” I felt like I was sitting at the feet of a...
A Little Bit of Heaven

A Little Bit of Heaven

By Tina Tomiyama On a brilliant Saturday afternoon in March, amidst flowers and trees, birdsong and cheerful chatter, 20 exhilarated guests assembled in a spacious back patio in View Park, CA. They were the lucky ones who’d gotten seats for a rare storytelling concert...
Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker

I joined Toastmasters to improve on my public speaking skills and to meet people. I was lonely, having recently moved to a new neighborhood. The Toastmasters meetings gave me somewhere to go. I made friends with one of the members, Jennifer, who was super-kind....
The Bog Pond Telling

The Bog Pond Telling

I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the Southern California representatives for the November 21, 2020 Tellebration™ event, a worldwide storytelling celebra-tion sponsored by Naional Storytelling Network. I knew I wanted to tell ‘the Bog Pond’ story....
Rick the Plumber

Rick the Plumber

When our plumbing is clogged, we call Rick the Plumber. Before long, our water is running free again. But, wait a minute! One day, on his way out, Rick suddenly stops. “That’s Royal Albert,” he says. We follow his gaze to my wife’s teacup collection. He continues, “I...