Author Archives: carolynstearns

Education In Cubes – Not Just Child’s Play

Education In Cubes – Not Just Child’s Play

The nine dice rolled across the table top and the students clustered to look at the outcome.  Excited voices called out the images that landed face up on the special dice of the game Rory’s Story Cubes www.storycubes.com   Laughter and groans ensued as each player recognized their challenge of incorporating the image into a group story.… Continue Reading

making a commercial break

making a commercial break

I’m having fun making my own commercials. I use my Flip camera for video and a regular digital camera for still shots. Looking for something fun and catchy and connecting it into one of my projects is the quest. Going viral is the dream! I don’t have viral quality material yet, I think it will be like… Continue Reading

Journey of a Thousand Goodbyes

Journey of a Thousand Goodbyes

          My father passed away last week. He was a captive of Dementia or Alzheimer’s for several years and in passing over that journey has ended and another begun. Herman F. Marshall was born July 19, 1929 in Manchester, New Hampshire. His story is our family memory now and I’m reading the things he wrote… Continue Reading

Keith Munslow NO Token NO Milk

Keith Munslow NO Token NO Milk

It was a perfect summer day,sunshine, blue sky, breeze and  a Library Summer Reading Program  sponsored by Richmond Library and held in Marlborough Senior Center, Marlborough Connecticut.Just down the road a little way is the turn we have taken so many times for the 4-H Horse camp at Marlborough, I know the way like I was… Continue Reading

1 Author, 3 Horses, Thoroughbreds,Lippitt Morgans and Me

1 Author, 3 Horses, Thoroughbreds,Lippitt Morgans and Me

Tonight I was watching the Saratoga Yearling Sales Streaming Live from www.fasigtipton.com  I have, since childhood wanted to see the sales at Saratoga. Those days I wore a thin path through the commercial carpet in the school library to the shelves that held the collection of books by C.W.Anderson. Weekly I walked over to carefully select… Continue Reading

Secret 6 of Boston Supply Guns to Raid

Secret 6 of Boston Supply Guns to Raid

Guns in cases labeled Bibles or Books      That was how guns were shipped from Boston to Kansas in support of the abolitionist movement before the Civil War began.  Six men of the greater Boston area bankrolled the movement to make Kansas a free state ( slave free)  and to provide leader John Brown with… Continue Reading

Village Smithy

Village Smithy

                                                                            anvil Blacksmith Stories Link: www.anvilfire.com/21centbs/stories www.story-lovers.com/listsblacksmithstories.html Terminology of the Blacksmith: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacksmith                                                   coal fire  and red hot     Functional work of the smithy- today most blacksmiths do  not shoe horses, farriers trim horses feet and shape and put on their shoes. ( This big draft horse is sporting toe clips to hold the shoe on in… Continue Reading

Willimantic Brewing Company and VoiceMail

Willimantic Brewing Company and VoiceMail

Welcome to the Willimantic Brewing Company, Housed in Willimantic CT. ‘s former Post Office  building. www.willibrew.com                                                                               Do you want a tempting appetizer? A full dinner?  Want to try the in house brew? Would you like a story with your dinner?    Let Me Recommend;                                            VOICEMAIL!You can catch VoiceMail once a month at Willi Brew.… Continue Reading

Whale of a Tail, or is it Tale?

Whale of a Tail, or is it Tale?

The Whale Tail Fountain in New London, CT. New London was first a colonial port city with the river and harbor deep and safe from storms. The fishing in the area was abundant and the forest provided wood for an early shipbuilding  business. Later in New London history came the whaling industry the  third largest fleet… Continue Reading

Robin’s Alive –  Game & Story from Ages Past

Robin’s Alive – Game & Story from Ages Past

Game and a Story to Share Children’s Games Played in Streets, School Yards and Camps for Centuries, often were related to events and stories of our history and peoples.Here is  an adaptation to Robin’s Alive to be played by a group of children or youth. There is also a story to correspond with the game. This… Continue Reading

MUSEUM SQUIRREL

MUSEUM SQUIRREL

      Ever since Chevy Chase delighted viewers with the squirrel scene in “Christmas Vacation” I’ve become interested in the antics of our aerial neighbors. They are often at war with the owners of bird feeders with an economic recovery quite possible through the sales of squirrel proofing devices. The flip side of that are the… Continue Reading

Artisan Breads – What’s The Story Here?

Artisan Breads – What’s The Story Here?

Second  post in the series “What’s the Story here?” Making, baking, ovens, history and more good bread! I love the story “The Smell of Bread” a Russian folk tale in the collection by Yury Kazakov (1965).    This blog was inspired by watching bread baker Dave Emigh at Mansfield General Store on Saturday July 16, 2011.… Continue Reading

Mansfield General Store – What’s the Story Here?

Mansfield General Store – What’s the Story Here?

Today is the first of a series What’s the Story Here? This series will highlight interesting people, places and things I run across. Stop back for  another installment every few days. Thanks                          Mansfield General Store – good old fashioned country charm! They sure got it right on the business card, because this is the… Continue Reading

“Change The Story” A TedX Talk

“Change the Story”   A TedX Talk / CalgaryIs our non-profit, community group, church or civic  group stuck in a changing world? Do we need to look at things in a new fresh perspective, a new story?  I found some great advice and motivation in this Ted Talk filled with ” the intersection of leadership and STORY!”  “Carolyn,                                                               … Continue Reading

Signs I’m NOT in Downtown Mansfield

Signs I’m NOT in Downtown Mansfield

        Signs I’m NOT in Downtown Mansfield                                                                                                                                     contents under pressure caution ahead Parking Lots water color memories                                                 Make Hay While the Sun Shines                                                                                                                                                     Oh Deer! Hometown Pleasures                                                                          Whoa!                                                                                                                          Water everywhere but not a drop to drink                                                                                                                                                     homegrown                                                                                                                                          Girls Night Out                                                        I Love Mansfield, CT.                    Continue Reading

Boom Box Parade

Boom Box Parade

            What does a town do when they can’t get a band to march in their parade?         Resort to good old fashioned Yankee Ingenuity! Kathy Clark did that 26 years ago in coming up with an outrageously simple solution. Everyone carry a boom box radio and the get the main St. radio station WILI  www.wili.com… Continue Reading

Peace Like a River

Peace Like a River

I’ve Got Peace Like a River……… In a 5 minute vacation, a 1 hour vacation, Daycation and weekend getaway.  I think I get through really hectic scheduling ( that earned me the nickname DERVISH recently) by being able to see the 5 minute vacation when I need one. Here is a sample: I saw the beautiful… Continue Reading

Barn Guests – The Barn Swallows

Barn Guests – The Barn Swallows

Carolyn Stearns Storyteller hosts some Barn Guests,  The Barn Swallows The Barn Swallows arrive each spring, they come with the warm breeze and the first bugs.  Swallows are voracious bug eaters sweeping over the pastures for the  unlucky flies and mosquitoes. For this reason they were a welcome guest the first year they arrived. We… Continue Reading

Civil War General Edward W. Whitaker CT. Hero

Civil War General Edward W. Whitaker CT. Hero

   Through storytelling, lecture, web promotion and sharing in conversation I am slowly spreading the word about the brave farm boy from Ashford and his heroic record in the Civil War.  His story like so many thousands of Civil War era stories is about a farm boy turned soldier, many of whom did not go home… Continue Reading

Grow Your Story

Grow Your Story

“Grow Your Story”, the words came leaping off the page of Doug Lipman’s book, Improving Your Storytelling – Beyond the Basics For All Who Tell Stories in Work or Play. ( August House Publishers, Atlanta, 2009, pg 86)  www.storydynamics.com  Growing that is something I know a lot about. The concept of growing my story tickles… Continue Reading

The Connecticut Charter Oak

The Connecticut Charter Oak

The Connecticut Charter Oak, what a story! Spring rain on the leaves of a young descendant of the CT. Charter Oak It is Memorial Day weekend and I am reminded  that we are celebrating freedoms earned my many Connecticut citizens. I am in awe of the strength, ingenuity, wit and talents of the Connecticut people.… Continue Reading

New Images

New Images

I was privileged to attend and share the day yesterday with a program called New Images under the direction of EastConn Educational Services.The youth attending  were all from a middle school seventh and eighth grade. They had gone on field trips produced digital photography, developed  photoshop edits which included adding their own Haiku poetry to… Continue Reading

Review: Tales From The Hills By Mike Lockett

Review: Tales From The Hills By Mike Lockett

Tales From the Hills  A Storytelling CD by Mike Locket          The soft mountain music eases us into the CD and whisks us away to a front porch nestled along a creek bed in the cusp of a Appalachian mountain. A tail of wood smoke curls down from a chimney and carries the scent of old… Continue Reading

Jorgensen Presents The Aluminum Show :  A Review

Jorgensen Presents The Aluminum Show : A Review

                                                                              May 18, 2011 The Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts on the campus if the University of Connecticut presented the first night of …  The Aluminum  Show, an electric performance of music, and dance. The interactive performance was a feast for the eyes and the ears. http://www.jorgensen.uconn.edu/ ( for ticket info and other shows) The vibrant intensity of… Continue Reading

Beat the Goose? Only in Accesible Art Please

In my web travels found this wonderful TED talk on a new Google program  about art. Not just any art, but the materpieces of the world  now accesible at your finger tips!  Visit some of the most renowned art museums and mouse through the corridors and galleries. Then use the technology to see beyond the… Continue Reading

3rd Annual Donkey and Mule Show at Bishops Orchard

3rd Annual Donkey and Mule Show at Bishops Orchard

Bishops Orchard in Guilford CT. played host to the Third Annual Donkey and Mule Show Mr. Bill Garrett Saturday May 7, 2011 The judge was Mr. Bill Garrett of  Garrett Mammoth Jackstock Farms in Stillwell, Oklahoma. http://www.garrettjackstock.com/ He has been raising Mammoth jack donkeys and breeding mules for over 40 years.  Having his experience at… Continue Reading

Report From  the 30 th  CT. Storytelling Festival

Report From the 30 th CT. Storytelling Festival

My Report from the 30 th  Connecticut Storytelling Festival and Conference April 29, 30, May 1, 2011 at Conn. College New London, CT.          Anticipation hardly covers the feeling of excitement  I feel when my car heads toward New London, CT. I know before long my brain will be swirling in a sea of story.… Continue Reading

Connecticut Donkey & Mule Show Makes the Papers

Connecticut Donkey & Mule Show Makes the Papers

Ring of Fire Scene from the Bishop Orchard Show in 2010 Save May 7, 2011 to come to Guilford,CT. for the  Annual Donkey and Mule Show                                                                    Click on the link below to see the article from  “THE DAY” The Day – Kim Brockett Helps Educate, Entertain News from southeastern Connecticut You will see all kinds… Continue Reading

Bald Eagle  Internet Sensation & My  Hawk

Bald Eagle Internet Sensation & My Hawk

Feeling Patriotic? We are! Humbled by the majesty of our National Bird the Eagle and by the  tenderness of motherhood over 100,000 at once have been logged onto the u-stream live cam from Decorah Iowa watching these Eagles hatch. Now that is viral video! We still need connections with nature and beauty and the magic of birth… Continue Reading

Christian Storytelling Conference Coming- My Photo Inspirations

Christian Storytelling Conference Coming- My Photo Inspirations

My friends Buck Creacy and  Dr. Michael Lockett are part of the team that organizes this conference. They point out this is not performance storytelling but a conference on story as a communication tool.  I suggest you have a look at the list of who is telling and check out their web page. I was… Continue Reading

Once Upon a Time…Sharing the Fire

Once Upon a Time…Sharing the Fire

Once upon a time that was really 2011, storytellers converged at the Lanes Sharing the Fire Conference. They were so excited to share a weekend of learning, swapping, meals, stories,  music, dancing and more…. The committee from Lanes stayed up way past their bedtime working to make everything just right! Hotel Security stayed up really late… Continue Reading

Unicorn Spotted In New York? White Deer Stories

Whenever nature paints her palette with a new color or a profound event then stories tell us why. For centuries the stories and legends  , myths and hunters tales have captivated our imagination  as we hear about the spirits in the White Deer. I’ve seen one myself, it is magical especially on a foggy morning… Continue Reading

Trojan Horse A Story for All Ages

Trojan Horse A Story for All Ages

                                                                               The story of the Trojan Horse has been passed down for centuries and become the subject of plays, and movies.  The value of  Greek Myths in education as a tool for understanding cultures and  for building an understanding of history can’t be measured.  The Horse figure is a strong attraction, leading to interest in… Continue Reading

Cowboy & Wills, Monica Holloway; My Review

The temperature outside tonight is in the brisk teens. I have had a very long work week, and yet coming home tonight listening to the last CD in the audio version of Monica Holloway’s book Cowboy and Wills, I sat in the driveway wasting precious gas and running the car heater to  stay with Cowboy… Continue Reading

Spanish Riding School Vienna Philharmonic Beliebte Annen Polka Johann St…

When I saw this You-Tube clip I was swept back to the days when my children watched the Disney telling of the story of these magnificent horses struggles through World War II.  In the Disney movie The miracle of the White Stallions  the portrayal of General Patton sweeping in to save the  mares  from almost… Continue Reading

Temple Grandin Returns to CT.

Temple Grandin Returns to CT.

Temple Grandin Author of “Animals In Translation”  returns to CT. this Friday. She will be part of a panel discussion of how a brain works.  If you have not read Temple Grandin’s work ( several books) seen the movie or  know about her livestock management practices this is  great time to engage any of these as… Continue Reading

To Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Learn a Language? Tell a Story!

To Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Learn a Language? Tell a Story!

Dementia and Alzheimer’s a cruel duo that have played out the last few years as they have stricken my father and left him a shadow of the man he was. How sad the memories of  Grandaughter’s weddings have slipped away and memories of the days when  brides were little girls. How  much we lose when… Continue Reading

The Snow Fort and Other Forts

The Snow Fort and Other Forts

When we were kids we loved making snow forts! These kids took advantage of record breaking snows to create their masterpiece. I was inspired by their fort to bring you some other “Fort” info and bits. Ft. Washington, New York City www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Washington Ft. Sanders, Knoxville, TN. http://www.battleoffortsanders.com/ Ft. Preble Portland, Maine www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Preble There are all… Continue Reading

Congratulations to Bill Harley on his Grammy Nomination

Congratulations to Bill Harley on his Grammy Nomination

Congratulation to Bill Harley on his Grammy Nomination, Today is the day!    Drum Roll Please…….. Let’s look at  the category : 77. Best Spoken Word Album For Children 1.) Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition    Selma Blair [Random House Audio/Listening Library]. 2.) The Best Candy In The Whole World      Bill… Continue Reading

Snow Emergencies Strain CT. Agriculture Industry

Snow Emergencies Strain CT. Agriculture Industry

Snow Emergencies have struck Connecticut Agriculture a terrible blow.  The video shows the removal of the 14th horse from this barn  that collapsed under the weight of snow and ice.  Every day this week the news outlets have carried reports of more roofs in danger of collapse or in many case gone down.  The total loss… Continue Reading

TONY WILSON “A crown of snow” National Childminders Workshop Story EYFS

Sharing a story by Tony Wilson today. The King coated in snow to go with the New England landscape today. 2 more snow days from school have accumulated on the calendar. 2 more inches have accumulated on the ground and fence posts, trees and mailboxes. January has passed and the Ground Hog made his annual… Continue Reading

Playdough Storytelling Contest

Start with Playdough storytelling for an idea on how this works Make some homemade playdough , just because it’s fun Tell a story and video  a clip of it  To  ENTER  Subscribe or follow this blog …then send your video clip by emailing it to me at mothermoo2001@yahoo.comor a link to it posted on You-Tube! A winner will… Continue Reading

Sleighing to Sharing the Fire

Sleighing to Sharing the Fire

The  weather seems to think we need to break the record for all time low temps in the Northeast! That just means we need to have more people SHARING THE FIRE!  March 18-20, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Warwick, Rhode Island storytellers from around the Northeast will gather and share in warm stories, warm hearts,… Continue Reading

Whale of a Good Time

Whale of a Good Time

You could have a Whale of  a Good Time…. in New Bedford, Ma.  Tonight is the  Story Cafe held at the ArtWorks For You Gallery. www.artworksforyou.org  Bundle up for the cold and come  listen or share a story.  There was Hot Chocolate promised by  Story Cafe hostess/director Karen Chace.  www.storybug.net The venue is a wonderful gallery… Continue Reading

Which hand should I hold the baton in? Be Passionate

Which hand should I hold the baton in? The video is a definition in motion of passion. Click and watch the video. There is no doubt that this young man is passionate about music. It is infectious. When we are passionate other people pay attention and try to figure out why and what makes that… Continue Reading

Tech 2011 and Not So New

Tech 2011 and Not So New

Should Auld Acquaintance be forgot? Then Now Got a Postcard……………………………….. Saw that on Twitter Kids Got a Comic Book …………………….new App for animation Newspaper………………………………………Face Book ( way back Newspapers printed all the social news, guess what, its back!) Dear Abby/Ann …………………………….. Oprah, Dr. Phil Dick Tracey Watch ………………………….new Fossil watch Stereoptican ……………………………………….slideshare Slide show………………………………………….animoto tin… Continue Reading

Jim Flanagan CT History Photo Story.m4v

Ct. is full of a rich history just waiting for storytellers to embrace it and share it. Every town has a great historic house, a mill or pond with a tale associated, a Native American legend or site and museums of every kind. Our state stories are a unique collection and fit school curriculum needs.… Continue Reading

” What Was Civil About That War…” CD Review

” What Was Civil About That War…” CD Review

What Was Civil About That War… a CD by Storyteller Megan Hicks, 2004 stories (un)folding isbn: 8 2534646922 5 Stories ( Un) Folding PO Box 7994 Fredericksburg, Va 22404 http://www.meganhicks.com/ The lilting tune “Gary Owen” belies the eerily haunting tale of Civil War events at the battlefield that permanently transformed the sleepy town of Frederiscksburg,… Continue Reading

Hearing Voices? Maybe Jay O’Callahan’s

Hearing Voices? Maybe Jay O’Callahan’s

Baby it’s cold outside, the weather just isn’t delightful, so as long as it’s gonna snow, tune in tonight ( 12/14/10) to 95.9 in Mass. or http://www.959watd.com/ This is a much better way to pass a wintry night. Just before 8 p.m. make a cup of your favorite hot beverage. Pull on warm socks and… Continue Reading

I’ve Been In-Spired!

I’ve Been In-Spired!

I don’t know what started me taking pictures of churches but I like to. I love the different styles and the incredible architecture. I can imagine what the architect was trying to say with each design. Our town has many different churches large and small they are all unique. Not all have spires but I… Continue Reading

A Real Version of the Story of Sadako and the Paper Crane

A Real Version of the Story of Sadako and the Paper Crane

It all began with the folding of a single paper crane. Tightly creasing seams fold after fold and the final fold and crease, to then hold it up and say, I did it! I was teaching myself from a diagram how to fold a paper crane and the first clumsy bird was finished. It took… Continue Reading