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At 5:26pm on January 1, 2010, Muriel said…
Just realized that I never activated this site. I guess Andrea'a post about the "boot camp" inspired me to get going.
At 8:10pm on December 20, 2009, k kosko said…
Gina got me can pat her on the back!
At 10:10pm on December 15, 2009, Daniel Gewertz said…
Hi Norah, my fellow former cabbie! Very impressed with your bio. I must have reviewed a Revels you were in. Or more than one. I, of course, have a lot of old cabbie stories from the late 1970s, a couple of them even postive and quite magical. But one existential moment sticks out for me. I was sitting late at night at Central Square. Must have been a dead Sunday night. And I was thinking to myself: This is not me, driving this cab. I am somewhere else. I am someone else. It was meant to make me feel better about being a cabbie... instead of pursuing my hopes and trying to be a writer or a radio deejay. And then it hit me that the time you spend evaporating yourself, time not being yourself, is time emptied out of your life. It is time in a vacuum. Better to build yourself than make yourself disappear. So I then became a waiter... too busy to be alienated on the job! I was so incompetant at that, I was forced into becoming other things... including, eventually, a writer, and even, for a time, a radio deejay. Maybe I'll tell a tale sometime about being an overnight country & western deejay from midnight to six in Waltham.
At 7:09pm on December 11, 2009, Bambi Good said…
I've finally noticed an invitation to be your friend. My pleasure, but so ironic that one becomes a friend by not being with someone. Like Jackson, I was a virgin to this until now!!!!
At 6:30pm on December 1, 2009, Diane Edgecomb said…
Hey Norah
Tol you I would finally get to it when I was cruising the Internet putting up info on the Solstice shows... Sorry it took so long! I love the site it is fantastic.
At 10:42pm on November 30, 2009, Colleen said…
Hi Norah---thanks for the warm welcome!

At 4:02pm on October 30, 2009, Tim Van Egmond said…
Hi Norah,
I just joined. Thanks for putting my events up for me. It will take me a while to post some myself. I'll let you know. Take care!
At 1:42pm on October 8, 2009, Mike Sweeney said…
Hey Norah,
I really enjoyed watching "Serious and Political" here on MassMouth. Great job!
At 8:46pm on October 7, 2009, Elisa Pearmain said…
Thanks Norah. I was lucky to have such a great person come to my program at that school and write about it. she came to every event and hung around. A rare breed of journalist. I think it was a labor of love really. I did add you as a friend on facebook, but to be honest I don't have time to check that wall or this one with all of my jobs these days and daughter college hunting. How is your daughter btw? The one whom you worried had MS. Hope all is well. e
At 7:55am on October 1, 2009, Doug Lipman said…
You're welcome! I'm glad to be here.

At 7:42am on October 1, 2009, Jackson Gillman said…
Ahoy Matey! That's a nice little cyber announcement that "Norah and Jackson are now friends." Glad to hear it, and to be aboard the MassMouth/ning thing. Would you believe that I've heretofore been a virgin to social networking? It's true. I look forward to future path crossings on the storytelling trail. Cheers! Jackson
At 12:24am on October 1, 2009, Norah Dooley said…
Sheeeesh - what a story!!!! If the expression "bend over" become something that should not be said to children we are in some deep trouble -so sorry to hear this story. I guess you could say bend "down" ? But really - what are people thinking - ? or is thinking not the word we seek?
Sorry for your troubles
At 12:08am on October 1, 2009, Sally Rae Rogers said…
Hi Norah I also would like anyone to tell me what you think cause this broke my heart a little. My CD, Feel Your Heart's Magic, on CDBABY was going to be used as a fundraiser but someone objected to the fact that I ask children to bend over and pretend they are picking up trees they chopped down. This person said that telling children to "bend over" could be seen as abuse and that I would have to re-record the CD without those words. I thought the guy was totally insane. Plus I would have to re-do the CD with no labels. The reason why it was so upsetting was because it was going ot be offered as a fundraiser to support the work of someone i appreciate very much. What do you think? Has the expression "bend over" become something that should not be said to children in the middle of a sentence about picking up imaginary trees? very sad
At 4:51am on August 10, 2009, Norah Dooley said…
Thanks James - great thoughts. And ones that resonate with the joyful work we do.
At 4:34am on August 10, 2009, James Frederick Balder said…
Hello Norah,
I´m not a storyteller, but I do know the importance of telling stories. I heard a native American say we shouldn´t burn oil, but instead wood fire, because this causes families to gather around and tell stories. He also said that objects that have a story behind them are dear to us, whereas accumulating objects through compulsive buying results in emptiness. Doria is my second cousin removed and I am glad she and all of you are working to make this a better world.
At 11:25am on July 24, 2009, Elliott M Burke said…
Hi Norah,

No, you certainly aren't dumb. There is a large play button in the middle of the photo when you scroll over it; when you click on it it opens up a playlist (and probably begins playing as well).

At 6:03pm on July 10, 2009, Jacob Bloom said…
Nice to be seen (I've got to upload a picture...)
At 11:39am on June 15, 2009, Norah Dooley said…
True dat! But I do not get around much anymore. Never did really. Thinking virtual meetings are better than none.
And the virtual keeps open possibility of f2f in the future, no?
At 11:36am on June 15, 2009, Elliott M Burke said…

We've got to stop meeting like this!


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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