Proopcast

SMITW_new_logo_libsynMy daughter Crystal Clear Waters and my friend Charlotte Taylor went to the live recording of this podcast on Friday night in Brooklyn. They gave Greg Proops a copy of my book Dreamscape, which he read from during the show. It was fun to listen to someone else read from the book!

Books
Books

He already knew a lot about Boedicea, (and Hypatia too for that matter, who apparently he also wrote about.) My book is still available for your holiday gift giving pleasure.

Dear Pedro

87286100270500LJohn Dean interrupted my
regularly scheduled Sesame Street
when you were getting turned on to grass
i was watching Vietnam on TV
when you met Agent Orange
and he stuck to you like glue
i didn’t know i just heard
it was the word

later i got turned on to Jazz
ran away from college
searched for uncommon knowledge
didn’t know i could be Puerto Rican
dreaming in New York i never left
you never arrived at
didn’t know what was Taino
never missed My Island
didn’t know i could get a visa
from El Puerto Rican Embassy
didn’t know who was Miguel or Lois or Steve
just knew what i knew
putting words on pages too
i heard it was the place to go
a man dressed in black appeared
carrying freedom from misery in a briefcase
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Boedicea was Bad

On Tuesday October 27 from 5-7pm I’ll be in Spartanburg, SC at the Hub City Bookshop to share some stories and poetry from Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. If you’re in the area please come by and share a little of your time with me.

Here’s a little clip from a poem story about Queen Boedicea that I performed live on WBAI Radio with Bobby Vidal on upright bass back in the nineties in New York City. The animation is by my daughter Crystal Clear Waters.

How I got Started with Storytelling

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I was just sayin’…photo by John Fowler taken at the 14th Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival

This past weekend I had fun sharing my story about Nicola Tesla at the 14th Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival in Pickens.

I also listened to some of the other storytellers recount stories from their childhoods. John Fowler talked about a valuable lesson that he learned from his first grade teacher. Kim Weitkamp talked both humorously and tenderly about her father and family.  David Joe Miller told a short story at the end about how he got started with storytelling after he discovered some old family letters and discovered stories about his father, who died young. Listening to David I got to thinking about how I got started with storytelling.

The inspiration to tell stories and not just write them down, came about a decade before I actually began, when I was about eighteen or nineteen. I listened for the first time to a recording of Lord Buckley, who retold many familiar stories in what he called “hip semantic.” Lord Buckley, like me, was enamored with Jazz and the lingo of the Jazz musicians of his time, the 1950’s.

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Grandmother Spider

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This little snippet is from Episode One of the radio drama. The video was made by Crystal Clear Waters for #MarvelinaMonday on Instagram.

Boedicea was a Warrior Queen

I’m looking forward to telling these stories to live audiences again. “Homage to Boedicea,” from my book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference, is one of my favorites. The video was created by Crystal Clear Waters.

Divided Moon

The Moon sees the Earth split between light and dark
and we see her divided the same way.
She pulls night from our day and plays with our emotions
shining reflected rays on our slumbering notions.

Moon over Paris Mountain at Dusk
Moon over Paris Mountain at Dusk

Hypatia was a Leader

“Homage to Hypatia” is a poem published in the book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. The video is a collaboration with Crystal Clear Waters.

Hypatia’s Love Vibrations

Live on WBAI Radio around #1998, with Bobby Vidal playing upright bass. Homage to Hypatia is in my book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. Animation by Crystal Clear Waters.

Hypatia's Love Vibrations

Live on WBAI Radio around #1998, with Bobby Vidal playing upright bass. Homage to Hypatia is in my book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. Animation by Crystal Clear Waters.

When Hypatia of Alexandria Spoke

Hypatia was sharing philosophy in the streets of Alexandria when women weren’t supposed to show their faces.


Hypatia of Alexandria is included in the book Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference. The video was created by Crystal Clear Waters.

Dreamscape Now Available as an e-book

The second edition of Dreamscape: Real Dreams Really Make a Difference is now available in your favorite e-book format. For now it is available exclusively at the bookbaby store.

The print cover of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference second edition.
The print cover of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference second edition.
Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference


Book Cover for the Second Edition of Dreamscape

The cover to the forthcoming second edition of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference
The cover to the forthcoming second edition of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference

The second edition of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference, will be released in March in print and as an e-book.

The book is a collection of biographical short stories and poetry about fascinating people in history. I developed the collection of stories in performance during years of storytelling in all kinds of venues. There are several pieces in the second edition that were not included in the first.

I’m excited to do some more storytelling when this book comes out. In the meantime, here’s the book cover! If you click on the pic, you can see it full size.

Remembering Cleven "Goodie" Goudeau

It’s hard to write a title about remembering someone, when that person gave so generously of his time both to me and my husband Tony Mims. Since getting the news from Jim Kern at the Vallejo Museum, we have been reminiscing about Goodie, as he wished to be referred to, and the many ways he was a part of both Listen & Be Heard Weekly and Listen & Be Heard Poetry Cafe.

From the very first days when we started circulating copies of the paper, Goodie started contributing “Goodies” comics similar to the ones he used to publish in Playboy Magazine. He shared his knowledge of graphic design with me while I struggled to learn how to use Quark and Photoshop and communicate with printers.

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