My father is gone now, so I celebrate Father's Day differently. But I am so grateful I can celebrate, and remember him, and that is because I still have his stories.
Auschwitz survivor Sam Althaus shared his memories with me, for use in a play. I struggled, finding a way to convey the horrific world that was ordinary for him. It begins with him standing in line.
The Rees-Hawley House Bed and Breakfast is the oldest residence in Tennessee's oldest town, built on Lot # 1 in 1793.
My father, and the legacy of story he left behind.
The Jonesborough Yarn Exchange is a monthly radio show featuring stories &music from the Heart of Appalachia! Tune in last wed of month on HD 1 at http://www.etsu.edu/wets/programming/listen.aspx
It is a hard thing to make the decision between going to a doctor and paying the rent and eating. This is the story of a young many who was poor, and did not have health insurance, and died.
The story of a doctor who says "Enough" to separate treatment and separate waiting rooms, during the years before integration.
A fun life story about a woman who was born the night the Titanic sank. This story was also performed in the play, "A Shot in the Arm"
An elderly woman in Aiken, South Carolina traveled to Mwandi on a mission, and came back with a mission of her own- to provide baby formula to babies of HIV positive mothers. $100,000 later, success!
This is a story about a Harlan County, Kentucky coal miner who moved to Chicago and became a leading activist for miner's and worker's rights.
Little known facts about Paul Revere and his famous ride.
Wedding Cake...pops? A fun alternative to the ordinary wedding cake, giving the opportunity for multiple flavors. Several recipes and helpful hints and photos from recent wedding featuring cake pops.
What happens when a son comes home unexpectedly from the war, and shows up with his whole unit? how will a 20 pound turkey stretch to feed nineteen hungry soldiers? A Christmas miracle, Love, answers.
Christmas time, and it's hard times, when people were not too proud to make-do with what they had, and remember a lost grandfather in a surprising way.
Staycations are a great way to spend time with family, instead of a fortune. If you live in Northeast Georgia, here are some spectacular places to visit!
This is the story of one of the last surviving Brigadier Generals from the WWII era. He tells the story of when he beat Monty to Mecina, and how his story ended up in the movie "Patton." A true hero!
A different kind of Christmas story, where lard buckets are hung instead of stockings, and what they get filled with will shock you!
Throwing domesticated turkeys from the top of the courthouse in a "Turkey Toss" was supposed to be a kick-off to the holiday season. But the results were far less than celebratory!
Authentic recipes dating to the colonial days will make your Thanksgiving truly traditional.
Some ghost stories are just funny. See what happens when a practical joke goes very wrong!
This true ghost story was shared to me while I was working in Northeast Georgia. It was so compelling, I used it in one of my plays!
These are original monologues, which can be an important factor when going before a casting agent. They will help you stand out from others also auditioning.
The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee features the greatest storytellers in the world. Read how it all began!
This story of "becoming" was performed in Asheville, North Carolina in the play, "Always Expect Miracles" and also on the NPR radio show "A Night with the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange".
Listening is the first step to storytelling.
Love sushi? Want to make sushi at home? Several sushi recipes. with step-by step instructions.
Harry Potter Party Recipes inspired by favorite characters in the series. Butter Beer, Basilisk Calzone, Inferi fingers & dip, Gilderoy Lockhart's blue pixie punch & more. Also great for Halloween.
Halloween Recipes for a zombie party. These may be too gross to eat!
Gun fire. Federalies raiding the community. Grenades going off. All were everyday life as I worked in Rio de Janeiro, creating a community play. It had a real machine gun ending.
More stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Emergency items every household should have on hand before a hurricane, or other emergencies.
More than a dozen fudge recipes, with step by step instructions, and easy to use ingredients.
Freddie Vanderford was inducted into the South Carolina Folk Life Hall of Fame. This is the story of how he became a blues harp and harmonica legend.
Atop Cemetery Hill sits one of the oldest cemeteries in Jonesborough, TN, with graves dating back to the 1700's. These monuments marking the lives of the frontier men and women are eerily beautiful.
A step by step guide to collecting your community's stories.
Spooky music for a Halloween Party. These selections will get the party started!
Jonesborough, Tennesse, in the Appalachian Mountains, is Tennessee's oldest town, and home to many historic, haunted homes. Lucky Luciano's girlfriend retired here after she turned him in to police!
A how-to for making beautiful, delicious Rice Krispies Easter Egg Nests. Great for classroom crafts, school room mother snacks, or a fun activity to do with your family at home.
A list of the best Irish quotes and blessings. Not just for St. Patrick's Day!
Stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things!
As I listen to the amazing stories of the people I interview, I remain in awe of the power of the human spirit. All of my plays & stories are based on true stories from real, everyday people--
Home-made vegetable soup recipe that has fed our family through four generations. And of course, a fun story about the person who shared the recipe with me-- my mom.
Authentic Crab Cake Recipe, along with recipes for home-made cocktail sauce and remoulade sauce. The crab cake recipe comes straight from the Chesapeake Bay Area, but the Cajun Remoulade is a family.
A spaghetti recipe, and a family story to go with it. How many of your favorite meals have a great family story hidden behind it?
This Cajun recipe come right from my grandma's garden, and heart, in Opelousas, Louisiana.
A delicious traditional Indian recipe for vegetable tikka masala, which I learned from a Sikh community in Scotland.
Recipe for fried rattlesnake nuggets. Served with ranch dip. Mmmmm.
Recipes always have great stories to go with them. Here's a recipe based on the first time I tried Gator meat!