Welcome – Stories Make the World Go Around

 Always a good day for a story! St. Peters weather.    Sunrise/sunset

 

My videos on YouTube   one more video here

Fun Alphabet Exercise from Sesame Street

** Upcoming events:

*The Story Swap  Second Monday of every month at 6:30 PM at the McClay Library, 2760 McClay Road, St. Charles, MO

The description for the event is: Join area storytellers Mary Garrett and Michael Bennett and others to hear and tell stories for all ages. Folk tales, personal stories, tall tales, myths — all welcome.

Gateway Storytellers Meeting, 4th Tues. odd months, 6pm Crown Center, 8350 Delcrest Drive, St. Louis, MO 63124  ***
St. Louis Storytelling Festival, May 1-3, 2014  (first weekend in May for 35 years ;-)
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Mary Garrett, writer and storyteller, tells folk tales, humorous tales and personal stories.  She shared stories with her students at Francis Howell North High School and has since told at the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration, Texas, Timpanogos (Utah), O.O.P.S. (Ohio), and NSN (national) conferences, the St. Louis and St. Charles Storytelling Festivals, the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire, day care centers, parks, scout events, elementary through high schools, and retirement communities.

John Fussner, Mary’s father, was the first storyteller in her life. She credits him with instilling the love of make-believe. Mary believes in the world of story and the power of story to make this world a better place. After experiencing Mary’s stories, you can’t help but take some of that feeling with you.

Mary is located in St. Charles, Missouri  — but travels nationwide.

You can contact her  via e-mail   and on Facebook   and hear a few stories on YouTube.

Share stories with Mary and friends  on the second Monday of each month at the

Second Monday Story Swap –6:30 p.m.    McClay Library, 2760 McClay Road.

Stories to Take Home With You:

Daddy John and Uncle John books available from Mary.

Frog and Friends and Courage and Wisdom: Stories Make the World Go Around   CDs available from Mary or from iTunes or CD Baby.

More details on CD blog entry.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/frog-and-friends/id344525625   http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/MaryGarrett

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Teaching and Storytelling  — Stealth Storytelling in the Upper Grades

I spent 26 rewarding years teaching and enjoyed middle and high school (and for one glorious summer, preschool) students! (NCLB and administrivia, not as much.) Stories helped make those hundreds of classes for thousands of students much more fun and rewarding — and helped students learn more quickly and easily as well.

I knew in kindergarten that I wanted to teach, and my father encouraged that. He warned, though, that “since Daddy is a working man,” I would need good grades and scholarships in order to go to college, and I listened. I went to college with a National Merit Scholarship.

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That may sound like a simple career path, but life is never simple. About a year away from graduation at the University of Minnesota, I was given the news that there would be very few teaching jobs available.  The ending of the baby-boom “bulge” meant that schools would be RIFing (Reduction in Force) teachers.

In the 70’s, help-wanted ads were divided into “male” and “female” listings, and most liberal arts female graduates ended up working as clerks or secretaries, which I did, working for Prudential for eight years and learning organizational skills from Lorraine Lonquist. When Prudential decided they needed a woman agent, I was offered training in sales (changing corporate language from “men” for agents and “girls” for secretaries).

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What does that have to do with teaching? Quite a bit — teaching definitely involves the same sort of persuasive techniques and telling stories. “Is every author your favorite, Miss Garrett?” “Well, not quite, not Hemingway.”

When I finally found my way to employment as a teacher back home in St. Louis, my substitute work turned into a full-time position at Downtown Daycare.  The director there sent me to my first storytelling class.  It was pure joy teaching those itty-bitties, but a day care teacher’s pay would not support me for long.

When I was hired to teach junior high, I thought I put aside storytelling; those students were “too old for stories,” we thought. Years later, an e-mail from a student, “I remember all those stories you told us,” let me know that I only thought I’d abandoned stories. By the time he sent that e-mail, I had consciously incorporated stories into all my classes whenever I could.  Stories helped with learning and with classroom atmosphere.

I had also begun to take stories elsewhere, to festivals, school and scouting events, retirement communities, anywhere people gathered and needed stories. Now that my schedule is more open (how did I find time to teach six classes a day for 180 days a year?) I can take stories and storytelling workshops on the road — life is good!

A-Z Challenge — This Home Page is stable — see Recent Posts to the right . . . or click http://storytellermary.wordpress.com/category/a-to-z-blogging/

I’m keeping my theme a bit eclectic, “Storytelling and Life,” since it is my first time, and I am in that retired “broad margin to my life” mind-set.  I did “borrow” the idea to begin compiling ideas to make it a bit easier to keep up once April 1 arrives.

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To see other storytellers’ A to Z Blogs, click http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com/2014/03/storytellers-to-z.html

Csenge’s here http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com/

. . and an interesting Harry Potter blog here http://myythmaker.blogspot.com

 

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JB Rowley
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 16:13:33

    Thank you for popping over to ‘like’ Aaaron’s story (Why The Kangaroo Hops), Mary. You’re right; it’s ‘always a good day for a story’. JB :-)

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  2. dogleadermysteries
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 12:23:33

    Love your bio and photos, found you through your comment on 5 Books and music on Crime Spree Mag Blog. I too was inspired to write mystery fiction for 9 to 12 year old kids by Nancy Drew stories. Thanks for mentioning your love of “Isaac Asimov’s robot stories . . . a look at a future with myriad possibilities, and human nature still the same.” Well said!

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  3. Yia Yia
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 23:03:59

    Oh my goodness. I just left a message on a different post not knowing where you are from. I went to this home page to see more about you. When you do the story swap, you are literally 15 miles from my daughters home. She lives in Dardenne Prairie!!! When I come back I AM making sure we get to your story time. Thank you for putting such love and care into teaching… and now we all will get to enjoy what you love.

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  4. storytellermary
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 08:16:02

    Thanks so much! There is a big Storytelling Celebration in Kansas City in the fall (Nov. 6-10) http://www.mcckc.edu/storytelling and St. Louis Storytelling Festival the first weekend in May http://stlstorytellingfestival.org
    Many other resources on my Storytelling Links page http://storytellermary.wordpress.com/storytelling-links/
    Have fun telling and listening!!!

    Reply

  5. Travis Pike
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 22:46:32

    You go, girl!

    Reply

  6. slfinnell
    May 20, 2014 @ 06:57:18

    Go Cardinals!! :) Just want to make sure you know I’m a Missouri girl, born & bred.lol Good to find you and look forward to reading more.

    Reply

  7. Sherry Ellis
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 15:15:56

    I’ve never been to a story telling festival, but they sound like fun!

    Reply

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