Captain Murderer This story is one that Charles Dickens included in his
journals. It's a version of Bluebeard folklore.
A short true story. The most encouraging
thing I can say is, I didn't fall off that horse!
James and Elizabeth Monroe
This true story took place while James Monroe was Minister to
France. His inspired cleverness and his wife Elizabeth's powerful
bravery merged to rescue The Marquis deLafayette's wife from being
sent to the guillotine in Paris.
A Lens on Dorothea Lange
This is a short story of why the photograph,
Migrant Mother, became instantly famous, and how it happened that
Dorothea Lange took the photograph. It's part of a longer piece
I perform about Dorothea Lange's life and work.
One of the biggest rites of passage in our
culture is getting a driver's license. This story, in three parts,
pairs my experience as a teenager and as a mother with the Greek
myth of Daedalus and Icarus learning to fly.
This is a story of summer romance in which
Not Howard, who's not a chef, and not a surfer, surprisingly proves
himself the coolest guy around.
The King's Advisors
This is a delightful folktale from Burma during which I teach
the audience enough American sign language so they can sign the
story along with me.