Category Archives: storytelling

Coming to the Classics via Comic Books

I’m re-reading Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus for the first time in many years. That last time I read it, circa the 70s I think, I had a dog-eared copy picked up for a buck in a … Continue reading

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The Little Wedding That Was

Happy Anniversary to us! 31 years ago today, Sara & I got married. I’ve written a bit about the story of how we met and married quickly, and recently, I shared another version of some surrounding events written by Joanie … Continue reading

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Stretching the Story to Tell the Truth — and Vice Versa

History is elastic. Ilan Stavans said this in describing his graphic novel, A Contrarian History of the United States (illustrated by Lalo Alcaraz). The book tells our country’s history from a different point of view than most history books— that … Continue reading

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Happy 50th Birthday, Tommy!

In honor of the Who releasing their groundbreaking rock opera, Tommy, 50 years ago today, I am republishing my blog post from 5 years ago when we attended a theatrical production at he Zachary Scott Theater back in Austin. Originally … Continue reading

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Salute to Superheroes

Spoiler: there are no Avengers: Endgame spoilers here. I haven’t seen it yet and wouldn’t tell if I had. Just go. You know you want to. Happy National Superhero Day! My superhero fascination started with Superman — the TV show: … Continue reading

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Who is Captain Marvel?

With all the movies available for streaming at home, I rarely go to see movies in the theater these days. When I did go recently, I was doubly amused by back-to-back previews for the upcoming films Shazam! and Captain Marvel,  … Continue reading

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SXSWedu 2018 in the Rear View Mirror

Once again, the “hidden” portion of SXSW has come and gone. SXSWedu may draw educators, students, and educational technology companies from around the globe, but it rarely draws attention in Austin the week before the “real” SXSW. The music, film, … Continue reading

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One Flew Over a Great Notion

or, Sometimes a Cuckoo Nest… Today would have been Ken Kesey’s birthday, so my twisted title pays tribute to his best known works, his debut novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the second novel, Sometimes A Great Notion. Lots … Continue reading

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“My Grandfather” by Joanie Whitebird

July 1 was Joanie Whitebird’s birthday — were she alive today, she would be turning 66. I can almost hear her laughing out loud at the thought. Posting this poem of hers seems an appropriate remembrance. my grandfather worked as a … Continue reading

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Coming Attraction: Me!

That’s right, off the back porch and onto the main stage! I’m taking a workshop called “Creating a One-Person Show.” Maybe I’m not ready for prime time yet, but you know I’ve got some stories to tell, and my days … Continue reading

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