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Vernon L. Cox
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  • Westbrook, Maine
  • United States
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Audience Building
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Vernon L. Cox Nov 24, 2009.

SHARING THE FIRE
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Vernon L. Cox Apr 3, 2009.

 

Learnin' Vernon

Storyteller, humorist and motivational speaker.

Learnin' Vernon
That’s a strange name.

Vernon L. Cox is the story teller Learnin’ Vernon Teller of legends, lore, and a whole lot more.

The quick Answer:
It is a stage name. Kind of, well he is not on a stage that often. He is usually in the audience connecting, interacting. He is always learning better ways to be who he can be, whether storytelling or just being who he is.
As story teller Learnin’ Vernon, he has entertained audiences from Presque Isle, Maine to Hollywood California.

Ever since he can remember Vernon has been telling stories.
Vernon spent the third Saturday of every month as a reader and performer for the Buck Memorial Library’s Story Hour in Bucksport Maine. As a parent raising his daughter Shanna in Orland he refined his tales at many a scout campfire, birthday party and during holiday events.

Librarians taught him to appreciate the audience as much as the author which you were sharing.

Scouts and being involved in his daughters life has taught him that the more you give to others the more you realize their gift to you which becomes a debt you could never repay.

Vernon learns every day to be a better storyteller from his audiences and his peers. He regularly attends workshops and open mics to further his craft.

He has been a military medic, cook, custodian, mental health worker, electrician, volunteer firefighter, E.M.T. and a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. It is through all of these memories that Vernon draws for his tales. He has learned that every day a new journey begins and a new experience unfolds.

That is why he shall always remain a Learnin’ Vernon!

Oh yea, Learnin’?
That’s a strange name, or some would think but it sounds cool, “Learnin Vernon.” Learning Vernon just is not as much fun so he dropped the g.

Facebook featuring Learnin' Vernon
www.facebook.com/Maine.storyteller

Willey Phinedit

Who is Willey Phinedit (pronounced Find-it)?
Willey Phinedit is a Storyteller, Maine Humorist, UnRegistered Guide and a Tall Taleologist with a few tales to tell. Filled with the Down East humor traditions of old, blending folk with original tales of fantasy as dry as your morning toast and as fresh as your next cup of coffee!

Willey is a Maine character, one who is sincere and honest as the day is long (like Alaska in the Wintah.) He has been known to stretch the truth just a little. When Willey arrives, he will arrive in his UnRegistered guide outfit and he will sound similar to the Maine stereotypical down east humorist. 

Facebook featuring Willey Phinedit

www.facebook.com/ME.Teller

Videos of Learnin' Vernon & Willey Phinedit are at:

www.youtube.com/user/MaineStoryteller

Contact your Maine Storyteller:

e-mail: mainestoryteller@gmail.com

phone: 207-899-9299


MOOSE Storytellers
Vernon Cox is a member of the Maine Organization Of Storytelling Enthusiasts.
MOOSE meets the 2nd Wed of every month at the Rines Auditorium in the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland Maine.
http://moosetellers.ning.com/profile/VernonCox

Facebook featuring MOOSE

www.facebook.com/MooseTellers

LANES

The League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (L.A.N.E.S.) is organized as a non-profit organization focused on artistic, educational and charitable pursuits.
www.lanes.org

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Vernon L. Cox commented on andrea lovett's event The Story Space 20th Anniversary Celebration
"Unless I can find a ride from Maine I will not be able to attend. I am looking though. "
Jan 28, 2012
Vernon L. Cox left a comment for Harrison Swyter
"Harrison I so enjoyed the workshops and gatherings this past weekend. You did great at Tony's Emcee shop.  You ever take that RV toward Maine let us know!  "
Mar 22, 2011
Joanne Piazzi and Vernon L. Cox are now friends
Mar 28, 2010
Vernon L. Cox left a comment for Lani Peterson
"It was fun being a member of Scandinavian Surprise I enjoyed being a judge at Love and Lies with you and Niles thanks Lani Learnin' Vernon"
Feb 25, 2010
Vernon L. Cox left a comment for N K
"It was fun being a member of Scandinavian Surprise thanks"
Feb 25, 2010
Vernon L. Cox left a comment for Diane Edgecomb
"Thanks for the invite Diane Hope to see you tonight at the Story Slam"
Feb 22, 2010
Vernon L. Cox and Diane Edgecomb are now friends
Feb 22, 2010

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At 6:29am on April 3, 2009, Vernon L. Cox said…
Hey MassMouth Folks on FACEBOOK
Bunch of us are now on with a SHaring the Fire page for your Enjoyment! Doriah is your administator, our hats off to her.
My persona Willey Phinedit is having a ball there it is just his cup of Bea yah if you know what I mean.
LV
At 10:28pm on March 23, 2009, andrea lovett said…
Thank you Vernon and All that back at you Vernon. It was fun to teach with you and be a part of the workshop.Andrea
At 10:58am on September 25, 2008, andrea lovett said…
Thank you Vernon for the tutorial I will put it out on my group in one message. you are fantastic. Andrea
At 6:50am on August 26, 2008, friend massmouth said…
Thanks Vernon - Here is an Irish version of Donkeys Ears!

Long long ago there lived in Leighlinbridge, Carlow a troubled king. This kings name was Labhraidh Loingseach. He had a terrible secret. He had the ears of a donkey!! To hide his awful secret, he let his hair grow very long.However, he had to get his hair cut every year. To keep his donkeys ears a secret he had the poor barber killed!!

One year, a widow's son was chosen to be the unfortunate barber.The boy's mother pleaded with the king for her son's life.The widow's tears melted the king's cruel heart. The king promised to save the boy's life if he kept the secret.

After the boy had cut the king's hair, he became very ill. His mother took him to a druid. He told the boy to tell his terrible secret to an oak tree .The boy did this and immediately felt better.

At the same time the King's musician was looking for a new harp. He went out and had a tree chopped down from which he made a new harp.That night, the king asked his musician or Bard as they were called to play on his new harp. The bard started to play but the song that came out was "Labhraidh Loingseach has donkey's ears!! Labhraidh Loingseach has donkeys ears!!" Now everyone knew his secret!! However the King stayed in power as everyone was too afraid of him. The good news though, was that no more barbers were killed!

Secrets always find their own way to be heard.

Keep on keepin' on. You inspire us all.
Norah
N
At 10:13pm on August 22, 2008, Kate Chadbourne said…
Dear Vernon,
Thank you so much both for coming out to Bull Feeney's and also for your kind note! I am so glad - and relieved! - that your cousins enjoyed the evening. It is certainly true that we need to do all we can to dispel the notion that storytelling is boring. Yow: Heaven forfend! My own mother, who has never heard me tell and sing, has more than once cautioned me against putting people to sleep. And I, a good daughter, simply thank her for her excellent advice and do my utmost to take it. (But I do smile to myself, thinking of the fun we have).

I hope to get back up to Portland before long and will look forwards to a chat, and also, I hope, the chance to hear some of your tales.

Thanks very much for your encouragement.
sending good wishes,
Kate

PS - Whenever I read your name, I think of that wonderful quote attributed to Michaelangelo at age 80: "I am still learning." Here's to that.
At 8:04am on August 12, 2008, andrea lovett said…
Hi Vernon, Thanks ,I have a link to it on my blog. Is there something else I don't know about where I should put it? Andrea
At 7:07am on August 12, 2008, Norah Dooley said…
Thanks Bro for kind words about my story - life has handed me some GREAT material! LOL - I lived through it , might as well use it, no?
Andrea and I are having blast ! Vernon, why not start a Maine .ning? Why should we massholes have all the fun?
and
Can you "'splain me" about where to best post a discussion like the one on changing photos? I agree, it should be somewhere obvious. Thanks again,
Norah
At 8:04am on August 9, 2008, Norah Dooley said…
Willy Phinedit - he is the Maine Guide!
"Top right of your My Page
There is a box that says hello, my friends, my settings.
At the bottom is a pop down box with an arrow that says
Quick Add
Scroll down to "Music" and follow the instructions.

Thanks so much Vernon!
At 7:41am on August 9, 2008, Norah Dooley said…
Vernon - they do not call you "Learnin'" fo r nothin'
How do you "add a song ? I been looking all over for that feature and there you are - Vernon L. Cox added a song!
You are da man.
N
At 7:24am on July 29, 2008, andrea lovett said…
Hi Vernon, I will post later today , I am in Boston telling till about 3ish . We wrote down what we talked about and I will get it out to everyone just a bit later.Andrea
 
 
 

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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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