Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
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“I am the Mom who chased the bear out of Boy Scout camp.”
Whenever anyone asks me to name something interesting about myself, that’s what I’m able to tell them. It’s one of the defining life events I’m most proud of. But upon further reflection, I discovered that my moment of bravery taught me something very important about my son, and his daily struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Picture a pitch-dark night, sleeping in a pup tent with my son at a Boy Scout campout weekend. Somewhere, just outside our tent, a noise is gradually building to disturb my sleep even more than the pinecone under my sleeping bag. A raccoon? A fox? Now, I’ve never heard a bear before, but if I had to guess what one sounds like…. Well, that would be it.
What would you do?
I had the honor of telling this story at the 2014 National Storytelling Conference. The theme of the event was, “Fire and Light.”
(Illustration by Frank Stockton, "How to Survive a Bear Encounter," Scouting Magazine May/June 2013)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I share a little of my off-beat Irish heritage in this story, along with a song, "The Sick Note," originally written by Pat Cooksey and performed by The Dubliners. This performance was given for the Littleton Chapter of Spellbinders volunteer storytellers.
An HD version of this video can be seen on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/664DNZDj65Y
For more of my stories, visit www.TheStorySeeker.com.
For more info about Spellbinders, visit www.Spellbinders.org.
Friday, April 11, 2014
When a caterpillar finds himself the caretaker of a butterfly's eggs, he learns that we are all destined to become more than we are.
A small green caterpillar never imagines the world might contain anything beyond his simple cabbage leaf. Then one day, a beautiful butterfly lays her eggs on the leaf, and his small world suddenly changes.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
A Pennsylvania housewife follows her husband to the Revolutionary war front, and makes a name for herself on the battlefield.
Molly Hays was a heroine of the Revolutionary War. During the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse on June 28, 1778, Molly carried water through the danger and din of the battlefield to the Colonial troops, fighting in +100 degree heat against a larger and better trained British army. When her husband was wounded, she assumed responsibility for firing his cannon through the rest of the battle. Her service was recognized by General George Washington.