Wednesday, January 30, 2013

THURSDAY JANUARY 31st at 7pm: A Pirate Looks at Fifty - Jimmy Buffett

A PIRATE LOOKS AT FIFTY
Jimmy Buffett & Cuba

An excerpt from Jimmy Buffett's book on
the philosophy of his own life.
(and of course a little music)

Now he lives in the islands
Fishes the pilin's
And drinks his Green Label each day
Writing his memoirs, losing his hearing
But he don't care what most people say
Cause through eighty-six years of perpetual motion
If he likes you, he'll smile and he'll say
Jimmy, some of it's magic, some of it's tragic
But I had a good life all the way

ISBN0679435271

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

WEDNESDAY, January 30th @ 7pm: More QUITE A YEAR FOR PLUMS"

Time to meet someone new!  An Impassioned Typographer ... but then, everyone in author Bailey White's small town seems to be impassioned about something: Fans, Fire, Birds, Embroidery, Gossip, and even passion itself!

Kayden and Caledonia continue this week with Impassioned Typographer, The American Livestock Breed Conservancy, In The Bleak Midwinter, and Betty Sheffield Supreme!

Presented Live in Voice. Drawls extra.

Monday, January 28, 2013

TUESDAY, January 29th @ 7pm: INKSPELL Continues!

Meggie has done it. Truly her Father's Daughter, she has read and been read back into Inkworld.  Now there with Farid, what wonders will she find? ... and what Dangers?

Faerie Maven-Pralou continues her journey through author Cornelia Funke's trilogy about the world of books come to amazing, frightening life.  Presented Live in Voice.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

MONDAY, January 28th @ 7pm: More from "NOTWITHSTANDING"

More from the charming English Village of author Louis de Berniere's memories.  A broad spectrum of characters, and characteristics splash across the authors bright page:  comic, passionate, poignant.  Come and meet new ones!

This week: Mrs. Mac, All My Everlasting Love, and The Devil and Bessie Mauderfield.

Caledonia Skytower, Live in Voice.

SUNDAY, January 27th @ 6PM: MAGICLAND STORYTIME

More adventures with P.L. Travers' magical nanny MARY POPPINS as she introduces the Banks children to Miss Lark's Andrew, a Dancing Cow, and Michael has a very, very bad Tuesday. 

A whirlwind tour both at home and abroad only tightens the bond between the children and the amazing Mary.What will they do when the wind changes?

Caledonia Skytower on stage live in voice at the Golden Horseshoe in Magicland Park.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

SUNDAY, January 27th @ 1:30pm: TEA TIME at Baker Street

This week, in THE ADVENTURE OF THE YELLOW FACE,
Sherlock Holmes, suffering from boredom due to a want of cases, returns home from a walk with Dr. Watson in the early spring of 1888 to find he has missed a visitor, but that the caller has left his pipe behind

When the visitor, Mr. Grant Munro  returns, Holmes and Watson hear the story of Munro's deception by his wife Effie. She had been previously married in America, but her husband and child had died of yellow fever, whereupon she returned to England and met and married Munro. Their marriage had been blissful — "We have not had a difference, not one, in thought, or word, or deed," says Grant Munro — until she asked for a hundred pounds and begged him not to ask why.

This selection from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is presented Live in Voice by Corwyn Allen and Caledonia Skytower.

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Library: January 26 - February 2

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."



Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m. - TEA TIME at Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower & Corwyn Allen

 Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m. - Notwithstanding: Tales from an English Village with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. - Inkspell (Part 3) with Faerie Maven-Pralou

Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. - Quite A Year for Plums with Kayden Oconnell & Caledonia Skytower
Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. - A Pirate Looks at Fifty:  Jimmy Buffet & Cuba with Shandon Loring



And join us for these off-campus events:

Sunday, January 27 at 6 p.m. - Mary Poppins (Part 2) with Caledonia Skytower at Magicland Park



All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In January and February we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity Doctors Without Borders! (See website at doctorswithoutborders.org) Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.

Want to get schedule information and reminders in-world? Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribers. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

THURSDAY JANUARY 24TH at 7PM: Timeless Tales of Gods & Heroes - Love Stories



Timeless Tales of Gods & Heroes
Love Stories

February arrives early?? No, but anytime is a good time for love stories.

The world of Greek & Roman mythology was not a place of terror for the human spirit. It is true that the gods were disconcertingly incalculable. One could never tell where Zeus’ thunderbolt might strike. Nevertheless, the whole divine company were entrancingly beautiful with a human beauty, and nothing humanly beautiful is really terrifying. The early mythologists transformed a world full of fear, into a world full of beauty.

ISBN#9780452009851

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY, January 23rd @ 7pm: QUITE A YEAR FOR PLUMS Continues

Kayden and Caledonia continue with Bailey White's celebration of southern life in a close community ... sometimes too close ... as it laughs, loves, and looks for happiness.

“Classic Bailey White—deftly drawn characters who can turn a Southern phrase like nobody's business.…Have yourself a taste.” —Southern Living

“As always in White's world, it is the minuscule that matters most and the threads of eccentricity, friendship, ruin, pluck and longing that move us most profoundly.” —The Miami Herald

“The pulse and hum of nature…course through this novel like a clear stream.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tonight:  Four Chickens, Library Picnic, Early Music and Ashes!  Presented Live in Voice.





Monday, January 21, 2013

TUESDAY, January 22nd @ 7:00pm: More from INKSPELL

Inkspell  was named the 2006 Book Sense Book of the Year in the Children's Literature category.
Inkspell is the second novel in Cornelia Funke's Inkworld trilogy. The first novel, Inkheart, (2003) was critically acclaimed and was made into a major motion picture released in January 2009. The third novel, which was recently renamed Inkdeath was released September 28, 2007 in Germany.

What the "experts" say ...
  • Publishers Weekly - In this spellbinding follow-up to Inkheart, Funke expertly mixes joy, pain, suspense and magic.
  • Kirkus Reviews - Funke delivers more than enough action, romance, tragedy, villainy and emotion to keep readers turning the pages-and waiting for the sequel the cliffhanger ending promises.
  • School Library Journal (Sharon Rawlins) - This 'story within a story' will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.
According to The New York Times, a film adaptation was announced, with a release date of July 3, 2013 in 3D
Faerie Maven-Pralou continues the adventure tonight, Live in Voice.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

MONDAY, January 21st @ 7pm: More Stories from an English Village with NOTWITHSTANDING

Caledonia shares more selections from author Louis de Berniere's collection of stories celebrating a colorful, idyllic, charming  rural England which has all but vanished in this modern century.

This Week:  learn about young Robert and the legendary Girt Pike; meet spiritualist "Mrs. Mac" who lives with her sister and the ghost of her dead husband, and find out what happens at Colonel Barkwell's house when a dubious salmon causes some imaginations to go running away.

Presented Live in Voice.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

SUNDAY, January 20th @ 1:30PM: TEA TIME at Baker Street

In THE ADVENTURE OF THE CARDBOARD BOX,  Miss Susan Cushing of Croydon receives a parcel in the post which contains two severed human ears packed in coarse salt. Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard suspects a prank by three medical students whom Miss Cushing was forced to evict because of their unruly behavior. The parcel was sent from Belfast which is where one of the former boarders was from. Holmes, however, upon examining the parcel himself, is convinced that they are dealing with a serious crime.

Join Caledonia around the fire in the Library's lower level for a comfy "cuppa" and this next adventure from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, presented Live in Voice.

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Library: January 19 - 26

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."



Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, January 20 at 1:30 p.m. - TEA TIME at Baker Street returns with Caledonia Skytower & Corwyn Allen

 Monday, January 21 at 7 p.m. - Notwithstanding: Tales from an English Village with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. - Inkspell (Part 2) with Faerie Maven-Pralou

Wednesday, January 23 at 7 p.m. - Quite A Year for Plums with Kayden Oconnell & Caledonia Skytower
Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. - Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes: Love Stories with Shandon Loring





All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In January and February we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity Doctors Without Borders! (See website at doctorswithoutborders.org) Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.

Want to get schedule information and reminders in-world? Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribers. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

BITS AND BOBS!

LIBRARIAN EMERITUS ...  As many of you know, Derry McMahon founded the Seanchai Library (its original name being the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center) in March of 2008.  After over four years of building and maintaining a program she has stepped back her participation to pursue other interests on the grid, including her burgeoning talent as a visual artist through virtual photography, and spending time with her partner Bear Silvershade (also a retired member of the Seanchai core staff).  She stays a part of the Seanchai family, and she and Bear will still be presenting stories at the Library or other venues as opportunities seem appropriate. Chief Storyteller Shandon Loring, and Lead Caledonia Skytower will continue the good work begun by Derry.

Thank you Derry for all the years and all the hours of diligent work, seen and unseen, bringing stories to life in Second Life!

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS ... In honor of Derry's retirement to "Emertius", the January- February featured charity was "Derry's Choice" instead of the review process the staff usually use.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.  As always presentations at Seanchai are free to all residents. Those who wish to show their appreciation, if they desire,may join us in donating to our featured charity.

SEANCHAI REVIEWED! Aoifee Loon is a long time Seanchai lover who recently published this review of the Library in the MetaBizList Directory.  Her review was added to recently by CW Washborne.  Check them out!



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

THURSDAY, January 17th @ 7pm: IN THE BEGINNING ~ SCOTLAND

Basalt Pinnacles - Scotland, by Jim Richardson
Caledonia presents from Nigel Trantor's "The Story of Scotland" ... a work that blends history, folklore, and storytelling to weave a complex tale of the the mystic fogs from which the rich heritage and lore of Scotland was born. 

Scotland's story cannot be told merely in terms of documentary evidence, for this would be to neglect an integral part of the nation's heritage. The legends, myths, stories and memories handed down from generation to generation must be added to the bare bones of factual record if the character of the country is to be truly revealed. 

Presented Live in Voice.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

WEDNESDAY, January 16th @ 7pm: QUITE A YEAR FOR PLUMS Continues

"Bailey White's dry, low-key drawl is a familiar (and welcome) sound to millions of National Public Radio regulars. On the radio, her intimate vignettes of small-town life are loosely held together by their subjects, who are themselves tightly held together by love, family, and idiosyncrasy. This episodic mode suits her just as well as a novelist. In this audio version of Quite a Year for Plums--which, aside from the occasional bit of atmospheric banjo music, features none but the author's voice--even the temporary denizens of her fictional southern Georgia town have their oddities. A bird artist is obsessed by a vanishing breed of chickens. Another character dreams obsessively of typography. The permanent townsfolk include a woman who believes in little spacemen, a pair of bookish retired schoolteachers, and plant pathologist and banjo picker Roger Meadows, whose peers would like nothing better than to see him settle down with the right woman." 
 -- Amazon.com Review

Kayden returns tonight with more from this delightful gem, and has invited Caledonia to join him.  Romance - fleeting and formative - is in the air, as are the woodpeckers!  Presented Live in Voice.

TUESDAY, January 15th @ 7pm: INKSPELL ~ Part 2

Just a few chapters into Inkspell, Mo (a.k.a. "Silvertongue") sagely says to his daughter, "Stories never really end, Meggie, even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page."

Inkspell should serve as a special treat for fans of the first book, as characters from Inkheart who have found themselves in the "real world" (if there is such a thing) find themselves read back into their own mythic, word-spun world--along with some of our favorite "real-world" characters. As with the previous book, Funke's greatest accomplishment here is telling such a rich and involving (and fun!) story, while still managing sweet, subtle commentary on the nature of words and meaning.  -- from Paul Hughes, Amazon.com Review

Join Faerie Maven-Pralou tonight for more adventures with Meggie and company in the world of stories!  Presented Live in Voice.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

MONDAY, January 14th at 7:00pm: "Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village" (Selections)

Welcome to the village of Notwithstanding, where a lady dresses in plus fours and shoots squirrels, a retired general gives up wearing clothes altogether, a spiritualist lives in a cottage with the ghost of her husband, and people think it quite natural to confide in a spider that lives in a potting shed. Based on Louis de Bernières' recollections of the village he grew up in, Notwithstanding is a funny and moving depiction of a charming vanished England.

Caledonia Skytower presents selections live in voice.

SUNDAY, January 13th at 6:00pm: Magicland Storytime

Classic images from the Disney Motion Picture created by Artist Peter Ellenshaw
MARY POPPINS (published 1934 by Author P.L. Travers) introduces the Banks family from Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, London, consisting of Mr. Banks and Mrs. Banks and their children Jane, Michael, and baby twins John and Barbara. When the children's nanny, Katie Nana, storms out in a huff, Mary Poppins arrives at their home, complete with her traveling carpetbag, blown in by a very strong wind. She accepts the job, and the children soon learn that their nanny, though she is stern, vain, and usually cross, has a magical touch that makes her wonderful.

Caledonia Skytower presents selections live in voice.(Part 1 of 4)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

SUNDAY, January 13th at 1:30pm: "TEA TIME at Baker Street" Returns!

Tea Time returns for the New Year and at a slightly new time!

Caledonia opens the cover of the second of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story collections about the adventures of his famous detective and the doings generated from Baker Street: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes She begins with the first adventure: SILVER BLAZE and is joined for this Tea Time series by Corwyn Allen.

Presented live in voice.

Friday, January 11, 2013

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Library ~ January 12 - 19

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."



Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m. - TEA TIME at Baker Street returns with Caledonia Skytower & Corwyn Allen

 Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m. - Notwithstanding: Tales from an English Village with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, January 15 at 7 p.m. - Inkspell (Part 2) with Faerie Maven-Pralou

Wednesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. - Quite A Year for Plums with Kayden Oconnell & Caledonia Skytower
Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m. - TBA, look for announcements (Shandon will be recovering from surgery)


And join us for these off-campus events:

Sunday, January 13 at 6 p.m. - Mary Poppins (Part 1) with Caledonia Skytower at Magicland Park



All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In January and February we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity Doctors Without Borders! (See website at doctorswithoutborders.org) Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.

Want to get schedule information and reminders in-world? Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribers. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

THURSDAY, January 10th at 7pm: KONA LEGENDS



When Huehue Ranch was started in 1886 a few very localized legends and stories were told to me by old people living then. They then took me to visit these different places in the tales and legends. Tonight I will share some of these with you.

ISBN#912180056

Monday, January 7, 2013

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, January 8th & 9th at 7pm: "Inkspell" Begins

Due to Illness - Wednesday Night's Session has been cancelled.  Chicken Soup thoughts to Gina and Faerie!

Welcome to Book Two in author Cornelia Funke’s Inkworld series in which stories quite literally come to life!

A year has passed, and Meggie now lives in Elinor's house along with Darius and her parents, Mo and Resa. Life is peaceful, but not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart and the characters that came to life, and before long, she is caught inside the book, again, with many of the characters she remembers.

Presented Live in Voice with Faerie Maven-Pralou.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

MONDAY, January 7th at 7PM: "Quite A Year for Plums" (Selections)

Anyone who has read the best-selling Mama Makes Up Her Mind or listened to Bailey White's commentaries on NPR knows that she is a storyteller of inimitable wit and charm. Now, in her stunningly accomplished first novel, she introduces us to the peculiar yet lovable people who inhabit a small town in south Georgia.

Meet serious, studious Roger, the peanut pathologist and unlikely love object of half the town's women. Meet Roger's ex-mother-in-law, Louise, who teams up with an ardent typographer in an attempt to attract outer-space invaders with specific combinations of letters and numbers. And meet Della, the bird artist who captivates Roger with the sensible but enigmatic notes she leaves on things she throws away at the Dumpster.

Kayden Oconnell begins this series of selections in voice tonight, to be joined by Caledonia later in the month.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

THIS WEEK At Seanchai Library ~ January 5 - 12

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."



Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Monday, January 7 at 7 p.m. - Quite A Year for Plums with Kayden Oconnell

Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. - Inkspell (Part 1) with Faerie Maven-Pralou

Thursday, January 10 at 7 p.m. - Kona Legends with Shandon Loring


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In January and February we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity Doctors Without Borders! (See website at doctorswithoutborders.org) Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.

Want to get schedule information and reminders in-world? Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribers. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

THURSDAY, January 3rd at 7pm: "CLAIRVOYANT STRANGERS:

Tonight, tales of the strangest people and events ever witnessed by mortal man. Here is the sixth dimension, a universe beyond our laws of time and space - where the mind's powers are limitless, and the supernatural is shocking, amazing - and completely true.

Shandon Loring ~ Live in Voice.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

WEDNESDAY, January 2nd @ 7PM: An Original Irish Tale

Cover Art by Derry McMahon
Liam is a typical 21st Century teenager - he is so totally "wired" to his gadgets and the internet, that his family rarely sees his face, just top of his forehead.  He seeks his truths on the internet  Family circumstances change, and Liam's family relocates to Ireland to take care of his paternal Grandmother who is recovering from an accident.  Suddenly Liam is thrust into world that seems steeped in myths and legends, and finds himself bumbling into conflict with a pooka (pouca) over the "Pooka's Share" and the rascally spirit demands the respect it is due as the Shadow at the Gate.

A child of the diaspora, author Judith Cullen (Caledonia Skytower) grew up with stories told about her father and his Irish family.  Recently making a radical career shift, she has begun to craft short stories inspired by those tales, and by members of her own family in celebration of her Celtic roots. Shadow at the Gate will be one of three original stories epublished by her in the new year in the first of a series of "Trio" story collections: A Trio of Irish Tales.

Presented Live in Voice.