It all started on THE SECOND LANDING

To the immediate right of our front door were three quick steps up to the first landing. A right turn took you up the next eight steps and delivered you to my stage, THE SECOND LANDING. A curtained window to the left, looking on to the neighbor's roof was my backdrop. Anther right turn and you had your choice of the five tiered theater seating. It was room enouth for five siblings, Mom and Dad, popcorn and programs for those that got there early. The landing was not much more than 3'X3' but it was big enough for my performances of poems, monologues and stories.

My favorite program always included A Little Boy's Pockets, a story in prose about the woes of having a pocket with holes, and The Little Blue Man, a ballad of unrequited love. My family came to know these very well. Later, tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson were regular fare along with original works. I still have the books of poems, fairy tales and folk tales that I learned from.

Now my stories number in the hundreds and my audiences have grown to inclue many wonderful families. The stage may be a classroom, a camp site or community center, hospital or church, home or a theater. Stories fit anywhere, on any landing you happen to be on now. 

I earned a Bachlor of Arts Degree in Children's Creative Play from Dominican College in Racine WI. (How fun is that?)

I believe in play. Play is free. Play is creative. Play is complete unto itself. Play is the question and the answer. There is no right or wrong way to paly. Through play we learn our place in the world. We try on roles and feelings without fear of failure. So it is with storytelling. Free, creative, the question and the answer, just tell, just listen.

These are some of the  places you may have seen me telling stories.

Amelia Island Book Fair Amelia Island

American Heritage Delray Beach

Boca Resort Boca Raton

Bright Horizons (Kidstop) Boynton Beach

Broward Center for the Performing Arts Ft Lauderdale

Cambridge Schools of South Florida Pembroke Pines, Weston, Coral Springs, Wellington

Children's Museum of Boynton Beach Boynton Beach

City of Stuart Water Fest Stuart

Deerfield Beach Storytelling Festival Deerfield Beach

Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton

Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Davie

Florida Storufest Mount Dora

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers East & West Boca Raton

Florida Storytelling Camp Eustis

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center Kissimmee

Get Ready, Set, Grow Academy Boca Raton

Gulliver Schools Miami

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Boca Raton       

Highland Beach Library Highland Beach

Hyatt Classic Residence Boca Raton

JCC Boca Raton

Mandell Public Library West Palm Beach

Miami Book Fair International Miami

Miami - Dade Library System Miami

Miami Childrens Hospital Miami

Milagro Center Delray Beach

Northlands Stoprytelling Confrence, Lake Geneva, WI

Ocala Storytelling Festival Ocala

Old School Square Cornell Museum Delray Beach

Pine Crest School Boca Raton

Phyl's Academy Miramar, Lauderdale Lakes

Pinecrest Academy South Charter School Miami

Saint Andrews School Boca Raton

Sugar Sand Community Center Boca Raton

The International School of Portland Portland, OR

University of Wisconsin Childrens Learning Center Millwaukee, Wi

West Boynton Park and Recreation Center Boynton Beach

 

 

Active Member of:

          Florida Storytelling Association

         National Storytelling Network  

          Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators    

I am past-President of:

           Boca Raton Toastmasters

          Palm Beach County Storytelling Guild 

Since 2005 I  have published and distributed a monthly newsletter, South Florida Storytelling News to storytellers and story lovers in Florida and  beyond. If you plan to visit South Florida, you can check on events by clicking on the palm tree logo on the left..

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