Stories

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

They say never let the facts get in the way of a good story. But what if the facts make it a good story? On Wed, Mar 20, shortly before 10 PM, I received an email from Miyo, asking me to contribute to this newsletter. Where was I? At a writers workshop conducted by...

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Listening to Stories

Listening to Stories

“This is the sorcery of literature. We are healed by our stories.” ~ Terry Tempest Williams When Hiba Hamdan, DTM, approached me about joining a brand-new club that was forming, I knew it would be something special. Hiba’s help and her personal story had been crucial...

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Love of Storytelling

Love of Storytelling

My earliest, best memories of my father are of his stories. Every night before I went to sleep, he would read to me from old, hardcover books that featured classic, detailed illustrations. No watered down, picture book stories, he chose original Grimm’s and Hans...

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My Road to StoryMasters

My Road to StoryMasters

It was almost inevitable that I would one day join StoryMasters—an extraordinary club of advanced Toastmasters committed to developing their skills in the ancient art of storytelling. I started down the road to StoryMasters when I was a child growing up during the...

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The Story of StoryMasters

The Story of StoryMasters

It took me few seconds to answer Tina Tomiyama’s e-mail. “What a great idea, Tina!” I said. “Let me know how I can help.”Now, when my dear friend and mentor Tina says “Jump,” I’d say “How high?” Tina always makes you jump to your success. That time, in 2011, I jumped...

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Searching for a Home

Searching for a Home

Tina TomiyamaStoryMasters started out in a Chinese restaurant in Culver City with a rarely-used banquet room. But the restaurant gained popularity and sometimes we got there only to find out that the banquet room was in use. We tried other restaurants and community...

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