Why Turtle has Cracks in his Shell

A "pourquois" tale from Africa. Thanks to the Wonder Weavers for teaching it to me.


 

Salt

A Swedish story about love.


 

The Emperor's New Clothes

One of my favorite H. C. Andersen tales from Denmark.


 

Three Wishes

A Swedish folktale with possibilities for many adaptations.


 

Anansi and Turtle

Anansi is a trickster. That means he can represent the best, but most often the worst in us. He is greedy, self-serving, and always hungry. I heard this African tale at Tellabration from Jerry Blue.


 

Jack Fox and the Leprechaun

I married an Irishman and finally have more claim to the wonderful tales of the Emerald Isle. This classic leprechaun story of course has the leprechaun come out on top in the end. But I felt that there is always a silver lining and added my own warm and wooly twist.


 

Nail Broth

This version is from Sweden; in many other forms of "Stone Soup" the traveler takes advantage of the local(s)'  foolishness. I prefer the tramp's benevolence and transformation of the old woman's stinginess toward herself. This perhaps my most favorite story to tell.


 

Tante Odette and the Talking Cat

A voyageur tale for the Arrowhead! Tante Odette is very like the old woman in "Nail Broth," though the stories are from different cultures and continents.


 

The Boy and the Wind

This Norwegian story of a fair trade and adventure is another of my top favorites. When the wind takes the last of his grain, the boy sets off to get it back and returns with much more than he lost.


 

What The Stars Are Made Of

Directions to create a story:
Spread a blanket in the yard on a warm Summer day.
Look at the sun in the leaves.
Take a nap with the dog.
Hum "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

This story came so easily I was surprised and very grateful. I always picture it happening at the farmhouse where I lived at the time.


 

Old McDonald's Birthday

This story was created with preschoolers and singalongs in mind. I like stories that put a new light on familiar things like nursery rhymes, and farm animals in the kitchen makes me smile.


 

The Neuroscience of Change

Looking what really leads to change. Looking at the brain and psychological research combined. Based on the work of Dr. Jeffery Schwartz and David Rock.

 

Best of Ourselves - Oct. 24. 2009

Looking what really leads to change. Looking at the brain and psychological research combined. Based on the work of Dr. Jeffery Schwartz and David Rock.

 

Complaints to Commitments

Transforming a complaint into self awareness. A reflection based on the book "Changing the Way We Talk to Change the Way We Work" by Kegan and Lahey.

 

Reflection On A Gratitude Practice

Reflection on a week of gratitude practices.

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