That Really Happens?

This edition of Tell Us Something was recorded on August 19th, 2014 at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula, MT. The theme was “Busted!” This week’s story comes to us from Ingrid Beihl and is titled “That Really Happens?” Ingrid Biehl is a 16 year old high school student trying to figure out her sexuality.…

The Best Of Both Worlds

I have been able to tell my own story in schools, anti-homophobia conferences, storytelling festivals, and other venues. Of all the places where I tell this story, schools have been the most challenging. I believe it is important to go into schools and do this work because if there is even one student questioning his…

The Master Thief

The Master Thief claimed me from the start. The title itself jumped out at me from a whole long list of Grimm’s tales I was perusing looking for something I might want to learn to tell. I read through it, and I knew it was telling my story–pieces I had lived and pieces I longed…

Jack My Hedgehog

 BZ Smith says: I’m looking for Transgender material, and am trying to get started on a piece centered on Prince Hedgehog…born in unlovable skin, so to speak. Just starting on this. I have a transgender family member & want to work on the piece as a tribute to this unparalleled act of courage. There was…

Catskin

Naomi Socher tells “a version of Catskin that ends in her marrying a nobleman’s daughter instead of a son. In my [Mary Grace Ketner] version, the nobleman holds grand balls to find the perfect mate for his daughter and all the eligible lords and ladies are invited, since she’s bi.” Accessed from Fairy Tale Lobby:…

The Sparrow’s Gifts

(HSA) Retold by Kevin Strauss, M.S. Ed.

Once, in old Japan, an old woman was gathering firewood in the forest when she saw a sparrow hopping around on the ground. It was almost as if the sparrow couldn’t fly. The woman put down her firewood and slowly walked up to the bird.

“Don’t worry, little friend,”…