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Thoughts on Growing as a Storyteller

Thoughts on Growing as a Storyteller

For the last several years, writing and telling personal stories has become an integral part of my lifestyle. I find the writing process to be intellectually challenging and emotionally therapeutic. And even in this new world of virtual audiences, performing stories...

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Storytelling in the Age of Zoom

Storytelling in the Age of Zoom

What’s on your gratitude list? Lately, when I think about what I’m grateful for, Zoom has been right up there in my top ten. Zoom and storytelling are a surprisingly good fit — from the perspective of the audience member. No crowds, no traffic, no overpriced drinks....

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A Garden Grows in Compton

A Garden Grows in Compton

In mid-June, I decided to plant a vegetable garden in my back yard. I was inspired by photos my daughter Arlynn texted me of her budding garden in Altadena. She had transformed her backyard by installing DIY raised planting beds, and filling them with all manner of...

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Why My Stories Matter?

Why My Stories Matter?

“Why do you tell stories?" I was asked by an elderly audience member who I sensed was not being friendly. So I gave her a flippant answer, “Because they spring into my head and want to be shared.” Later I was reminded of a quotation from author Madeleine L’Engle and...

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How to Survive WarOna Times

How to Survive WarOna Times

Yes, I hear you! We’ve all had enough of this Coronavirus situation. A situation neither you nor I have created. Sometimes I feel like, “Ok, that’s it! I’m going to rip out this mask and scream. Hey, where’s the remote control, let’s change this Corona channel…”! But...

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Don’t Forget the Beginner’s Humility

Don’t Forget the Beginner’s Humility

Outgoing President, Margaret Mitchell shares reflections on what her presidency meant to her and incoming President, Miyo Yamauchi tells how important it is to remember how green we were in the beginning and remind ourselves of the humble intentions we used to have.

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