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20 Years in the Making of Me

20 Years in the Making of Me Since my return from Peru some months back I’ve spent most of my time, between performing, life and the occasional respite, reflecting on the past 20 years. 2014 will mark my 20th year as a professional speaker and musician. In the blink...

Meeting Mukashi Mukashi

In July of 2010 I was touring Poland, sharing music, stories, food and lots of laughs. I was working with a man who is like a brother to me, Michal Malinowski. As we traveled about, Michal kept raving about a Japanese art form known as Kamishibai. Apparently, he had...

Beyond Bird Watching

I had just finished a performance for an assembly of teens at an all girls Catholic School in the La Molina District of Lima, Peru. It went over amazingly well. I always try to balance my presentations with wit, humor and just enough surreptitious instruction that the...

Entering the School of Words

It has been a week of constant, rapid motion, daily performances and digging deep to pull from that reserve of energy fueled by passion for one’s purpose. One of the issues of being a professional speaker, musician and performer is that there is “never” a moment that...

The Well Poisoner

Working in schools across the world is a unique experience. I find that we are more alike not, especially when it comes to personalities. To the letter, it is almost eerie the similarities in personality I encounter when I visit schools. The people may speak different...

Avoid the Toilet Seat

Yesterday I finished a performance at a school in Lima and hopped in a cab to get to the bus terminal. My tour manager, Yoli, and I had just enough time to eat a quick meal and hop aboard a Cruz del Sur Bus taking us from Lima to Trujillo. Little did I know that my...

Rock Star Status in Peru

It is so funny the reception one gets when leaving the borders of your own country. Today I visited a school and was literally mobbed for autographs. Can you believe it? A lowly storytelling man with harp in hand, mobbed for autographs. I must have signed hundreds of...

Savoring Peru a Day at a Time

Ok, the time has started to do that funny “slipping by” thing. You know when you plan on doing something, like blogging, but three days whiz by you unnoticed? So, here it goes… on Monday I met up with a Peruvian Storytelling brother that I’ve been communicating with...

A Nod and A Hug in Peru

One of the things I do when I travel to new places is “get lost”. I do it on purpose. I know it sounds dangerous but it is really one of the best ways I’ve found to get to know a city and get to know it well. I’ll usually start with the local transit system. In...

Just arrived in Peru

I just arrived in Lima Peru a couple of hours ago. I’m feeling the years. It’s true what they say about Father Time. I don’t make it a habit of cursing but airline seats will push even a saint to edge of madness. It seems like there is a conspiracy against anyone over...