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November 22, 2019

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November 22, 2019

          Touring a show for young audiences is not an easy thing to do, but it's rewarding as hell. When all is said and done, we will have a total of 29 performances of The Pickle Patch Bathtub by the time this tour ends. This is a musical that I wrote with my incred...

December 10, 2018

My first semester at CSUB, and I'm teaching a couple of fun courses that are right up my alley: Dramatic Literature for Youth, and Dramatic Activity in the Classroom. In the lit course, the only textbook is an anthology of plays for young audiences, and it's a really g...

May 31, 2018

The ground cherries carpeted the garden and we scooped them up in large, open handfuls. One basket. Two. Three. A bushel. I am a lover of the garden but not of the gardening, so when an unexpected bounty like this one delivers when I can participate, I smugly admire my...

April 16, 2018

Dear Don:                                                                                        A couple of weeks ago, I went with Jim May and a cohort of wonderful people to Oaxaca for his annual storytelling retreat.  It was really great!  Since I usually tell folk...

February 4, 2018

  1.  Magic Trees:  An Alliteration Poem for Children

Tingle, tingle, turn and twist!

Tall on your tippy toes, touch up top!

Twisting, turning to a towering T!

Tantalizing, terrific,

Tall, tall trees!

  1.  Magic Friends:  A Rhyme Story About Children

Cathy Cars...

January 22, 2018

So... I started a storytelling guild in Dubuque. We've only had a few meetings, but they are so great! I hope more people will join us. Storytelling is such a great way to learn about people, and things, and the world ... it's all about context. Without context, there...

January 21, 2018

Community Theatre.  I absolutely enjoy watching people that I know and love in the real world, take on roles onstage that really stretch them.  I love watching it, and I love being involved in it.  I never would have thought that I'd say that -- having expectation of p...

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