Cap’s Off to You! – Susi Wolf (Posthumously) and Celebrating Story

Featuring: Susi Wolf

Persevering Performer, One-Woman Show Extraordinaire, Loving Friend

No matter what her body told her, Susi Wolf’s spirit was always ready to perform and teach. She made her journey with many friends, knowing the different procedures or developments to happen. Still, she shared such stories such as “Storytelling for Women: A Feminine Celebration” or one-woman shows such as portraying Diamond Bessie, an infamous prostitute-actress who was murdered by her lover Abe Rothchild in Jefferson, TX on January 21, 1877.

As for Diamond Bessie, Susi brought special attention to Diamond’s death anniversary and felt a connection that now can be complete. She has traveled from her time in Albuquerque, New Mexico to the spirit world beyond.

She told a story as part of the “Stories for Healing” series put on by Jim Brule’. Interestingly, it is a story of a wolf that is weak and sick. The wolf asked the man to ask God why he is so weak and sick. Knowing her own struggles, this story means more than it used to for me.

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You can see more details on Susi Wolf with the Story Artists Memorial.

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I appreciate Susi Wolf for sharing her ways of healing the soul with all of us. We can know that there are answers all around us.

Susi still has a story. You have a story. We all have stories.

Cap’s Off to You! – Hal Holbrook (Posthumously) and Celebrating Story

Featuring: Hal Holbrook

Convincing Mark Twain, Phenomenal Actor, Thoughtful Author

Hal Holbrook has inspired many people to look into living history. Some people would claim that Hal was a second Mark Twain. For me, I have known many storytellers who are fantastic at portraying Mark Twain. I would be curious as to how many years these people have been Mark Twain and compare to Hal Holbrook. It would not be a contest, only to see if those same people could connect their love of Mark Twain to Hal Holbrook. When listening to Hal become Mark, I was transported…as is usual for anyone who is wonderful at storytelling.

Perhaps Hal was seen more in the world due to all the awards he won. Perhaps. But is that really what makes a person. I wondered what Hal would have said was his favorite Mark Twain quote. What got him on that path? There are hints here and there in the life he lived. He developed that one-man show of “Mark Twain Tonight!” back in 1954. Only 12 years later, he won a Tony for his one-man show. Even at the age of 91, he toured this show. Wow! Who can claim more than 60 years of performing a show? Let alone 50 years or 40 years? Hal passed away at age 95…and I am sure he was still quoting Mark Twain to the end.

He was nominated for an Academy Award (“Into the Wild”), he won four Emmy Awards, and he was seen in many notable films. In between it all, he wrote books. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and died in Beverly Hills, California. He was buried in McLemoresville, Tennessee next to his wife, Dixie. Those are short lines that reveal that much happened within those three places.

What I love is that Hal grew the living history world of storytelling. He made it amazing and inspiring so that others would want to take on the mantel of Mark Twain or any other number of historical figures. People did not have to win a Tony or Academy Award or an Emmy. They could simply…be.

Let us remember Hal’s stories and the influence he still has across the storytelling, acting, and writing worlds.

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You can see more details on Hal Holbrook with the Story Artists Memorial.

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I appreciate Hal Holbrook for his dedication to the craft and showing people that what you love can be something that the world celebrates.

Alice still has a story. You have a story. We all have stories.

Cap’s Off to You!-Alice Kane (Posthumously) and Celebrating Story

Featuring: Alice Kane

Delightful Librarian, Storytelling Pioneer, Enchanting Storyteller

While born in Ireland, she then lived in Canada and co-founded Storytellers School of Toronto. The audacity to create such an organization already brings warmth to my soul. One can always be a storyteller. Not everyone is a leader in the art. Yet, Alice inspired so many including those who had led as well as continue to lead the Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada.

Yet, does it stop in Canada? Of course not. While I never met Alice, I have heard her name whispered or celebrated upon the wind. Yes, much of what she did was in Canada. She was a children’s librarian who then shared stories from the page and gave it life to all who heard. She easily bridged Canada and Ireland, as her stories celebrated her ancestry and gave happy permission to anyone who would wish to share them. She laughed that although a children’s librarian, she told many of her stories to adults and often sang Irish tunes or even was accompanied by an Irish harpist.

One of Alice’s inspirations was Augusta Baker, another name known for creating a foundation for the national and international movement of storytelling. Alice quoted Augusta when she said, “If you recall the story and not the storyteller, then the teller is good.”

So it is fitting that Elinor Benjamin, former president of Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada, told one of Alice’s stories in the video below.

Let us remember Alice’s stories AND her. For she is good. Beyond good.

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Story told by Elinor Benjamin but was heard first by Elinor on a cassette tape of stories told by Alice Kane. The quality of video is a little off at the beginning but gets better a few seconds later.

Do you know a Story Artist who has passed on and want others to remember them? Memories? Pictures? You can submit names and memories of Story Artists who have passed on through our online form. 

I appreciate Alice Kane for her way to go down the path of storytelling and waving people onward to also continue that path.

Alice still has a story. You have a story. We all have stories.