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What is your outside web or blog site URL ? Please post at your page - this helps connect you to the world looking for story!
What is your preferred email address for contact?
Are you a performer of story or listener, both, other? Tell us a bit about yourself...
I am a comedy storyteller performer. I tell stories of personal life foibles and how I choose to handle them. It's a trip!

Peggy Melanson aka Chef Nostalgia®

Nostalgia: ....a desire for the familiar... or beloved circumstance.... any longing... a wish to return home

Peggy Specializes in transforming difficulties into humor. She is a Writer and "Teller" of Profound Stories and Merry Tales of Mirth. Her credentials are; Freelance Newspaper and Magazine Columnist, Writer, Photojournalist, Humorist, Poet, Television Producer, Creative Writing & Motivational workshop designer and presenter. She has presented her workshops and "One Woman Comedy Show" at New Century Theatre, Northampton, MA, Legendary Club Passim, Country Clubs, Libraries, and at the prestigious "Sharing The Fire" Storytelling Conference at Simmons College, Tufts University (TAB) and at University of Massachusetts, Salem State College Entrepreneurial Centers and at the Center for Business and Learning.

Melanson is An Integral Part of the Cultural Landscape

Massachusetts Congressman Michael Capuano wrote a letter of recommendation for Peggy’s television documentary "Attainable Goals-The Sunsetters." (Available at Libraries) "Through her accomplishments, Peggy has become an integral part of the cultural landscape of Greater Boston. Her thought provoking articles are read in hundreds of community newspapers; her performances are well-attended and well-loved in schools, colleges and libraries; her television credentials are impressive and reflect a life of dedicated work in the creative arts; and colleagues and newcomers alike come together to benefit from her workshops."

Peggy Melanson's Blog

Conflict and Resolution - Waitress Style© - Written by Peggy Melanson for Life After 50 Magazine 07/09

Two key elements to an interesting story are conflict and resolution. Author Stephen King is endowed with the talent to deliver these actions in every novel he writes. Immediately engaging the reader with conflict, he gradually keeps building intensity until it's resolved before the reader dies from fright. And, then he begins another conflict.

If you carefully observe a television show or book that really captures your full attention you will be able to see the conflict and resolution… Continue

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 9:22am

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At 12:04pm on October 3, 2009, Norah Dooley said…
Here are your stories - I will remove them or whatever you like -
you CAN post them at your site - and I can send you cd with the stories in mp3 format, which is what you need An mp3 = about 1/5 the size of the original recording. All iTunes players have this ability - to convert files - just click on a a story in iTunes and choose in Advanced menu drop town to " create mp3 version" Folks at EATV should be able to help you.
At 11:52am on October 3, 2009, Norah Dooley said…
At 8:20am on July 27, 2008, andrea lovett said…
Hi Peggy,
we will give a short overview of what "went down" so everyone will be on same page. Andrea
At 8:46pm on July 26, 2008, andrea lovett said…
personal invite if you'd like to join us.
Monday JUL 28th @ 8PM phone Conference and inaugural meeting of massmouth
Call 623-218-1092 then extension 187 (Mr. Conference )
Let us know who you are and where you are from when you come on. Andrea and Norah
Please read and comment on agenda here - even if you cannot
"attend" either meeting you can participate here
YOU MUST HAVE a gmail account to add to the comments section at this blog -
this is not our rule, it is just how these free services work.

1. talk about what we hope to do through massmouth
-- meet, perform, educate, tech support, mentor and? about what is possible [ narrow it down?] how often to meet - logistics
like where to have next meeting, should we keep it ourselves or open it up
Set up a poll on blog
3. talk about interactive story idea [Storysport or Story and Improv] in a bar or cafe?
4. Set agenda and date for next meeting
At 3:57pm on July 16, 2008, andrea lovett said…
I love the photo. Glad you're here, Andrea


Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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