Sunday, June 30, 2013

MONDAY, July 1st at 7:00pm: An Island Miracle of Water

In the Island Kingdom of Tonga, the challenges are much different than they are on the urban and cosmopolitan continents.  The challenges are elemental: water, fire, earth.

In the first tale from Cale's upcoming collection A Trio Of Island Tales, she explores a series of miracles in this Polynesian paradise:  a holy man comes to an island where the sea eats away at the graves of their ancestors year after year.  When he performs a miracle, is it volcanic evolution?  or the power of the spirit?  Come hear the draft of this work in progress and see for yourself.

Presented live in voice.

SUNDAY, June 30th at 6:00pm: MAGICLAND STORYTIME

Caledonia begins E.B. White's Charlotte's Web - beloved by generations, Newbery Award-winning, and the best selling children's paperback of all time as of 2000.

After sparing the life of a baby piglet almost slaughtered due to his status as runt of the litter, a little girl named Fern Arable adopts it and nurtures it lovingly, naming it Wilbur. However, she is crushed when the piglet matures enough to be separated from his mother, and Wilbur is thus sent to reside on a farm owned by Fern's uncle, Homer Zuckerman. Her powerful attachment to Wilbur mutual, the pig is left yearning for companionship but is snubbed by other barn animals. However, he is welcomed by an unseen voice who promises to befriend him, vowing to reveal itself to him in the morning.

Presented live in voice.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

HAIKUS FROM TEA TIME!

Here they are!  Caledonia promised a haiku for everyone playing "Who's-the-Saint?" During Tea Time at Sherwood Forest.  The honored participants were never all back together at one time, but here are the compositions for each as promised!    
~Thanks for playing folks!

Friday, June 28, 2013

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Library

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

 CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF GREAT STORIES!

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

 Monday, July 1st at 7 p.m. - An Island Miracle with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, July 2nd at 7 p.m. - The Letters of John and Abigail Adams with Shandon Loring and Caledonia Skytower

Wednesday, July 3rd at 7 p.m. -  "My Dear President" Correspondence between U.S. Presidents and their wives with Kayden Oconnell and Caledonia Skytower

Thursday,  July 4th at 7 p.m. - The Library will be Dark for U.S. Independence Day

And Join Us for these Outreach events:

Sunday,  June 30th at 6 p.m. - MAGICLAND STORYTIME:  Charlotte's Web - Part 1, Caledonia Skytower


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life is sometimes.  

 We'll be announcing our July-August featured charity soon - stay tuned!  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, June 26, 2013

THURSDAY June 27th at 7pm: MYTHS OF THE CHEROKEE


The Myths of the Cherokee is a nineteenth century collection of Cherokee myths, legends and folklore collected by the noted anthropologist James Mooney (1861-1921), who lived for several years with the Cherokee.

Several stories which are in X-Files territory, including UFOs, crypto-zoological animals, and powerful crystals. In addition, there are numerous tales of a race of magical beings, the Nûñnë'hï, who sound uncannily like the European fairies or elves, including disguised subterranean dwellings, time slips during visits and magical boons to mortals who are kind to them.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WEDNESDAY, June 26th at 7:00PM: THE TAO OF POOH Concludes!

“Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you've got.”

“Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything.”

“We don't need to shift our responsibilities onto the shoulders of some deified Spiritual Superman, or sit around and wait for Fate to come knocking at the door. We simply need to believe in the power that's within us, and use it. When we do that, and stop imitating others and competing against them, things begin to work for us.”
 ― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh 

Kayden and Caledonia dust off their Chis for one more week of wisdom from the Uncarved Block that is Pooh Bear, with the help of author Benjamin Hoff.  Presented Live in Voice.


Monday, June 24, 2013

TUESDAY, June 25th at 7:00PM: More from THE CITY AND THE STARS

Gyro continues Alvin's journey on an Earth we hardly recognize in a future long ahead ... are these issues that are alien to us today? Gyro will share another episode tonight, and then be back in July to conclude the adventure live, in voice!

Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as a radar instructor for the RAF, rising to the rank of flight-lieutenant. After the war, he entered King’s college, London taking, in 1948, his Bsc in physics and mathematics with first class honours. One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he has won Kalinga Prize, the Aviation Space-Writers’ Prize and the Westinghouse Science Writing Prize. He also shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was based on his story.

What do Sci-Fi Fiction Fans say about this classic novella by Arthur C. Clarke?

"This is speculative fiction at its finest, and my favorite Clark novel now." 
"Clarke's story is complex and layered and he builds a future which captures the reader's interest."
   
 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

MONDAY, June 24th at 7pm: More from A TRIO OF MY FATHER'S TALES


"It was a simple convoy trip over the mountains, if 'simple' can be considered an apt description for any military convoy.  During wartime, convoys are well organized groups of ships or motor vehicles traveling together for mutual support, often with armed defense support from aircraft.  There was a war being fought, but the convoy was stateside, not in Suwon or Wonju.  The Korean War raged miles away across the Pacific Ocean, but the only adversary this convoy was trying to navigate around was civilian taxpayers."

Cale presents from her current work in progress ... two Korean War era stories stories of stateside adventures with an Army Sergeant and his Company Lieutenant, of whom it was said, "Militarily, he was the adversary within, and he was in charge."

Flying Down to Couer d'Alene and The Skunk War presented live in voice by Caledonia Skytower. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

SUNDAY, June 23rd at 1:30pm: TEA TIME in Sherwood Forest!

Join Cale and Corwyn in the Meadow for their final in this series tale from Howard Pyle's THE MERRY ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.

The tea is iced and there's lemonade and other treats.  Come along and bring a friend, sit on a blanket and enjoy Tea Time al fresco!

THIS WEEK:We conclude the saga of Allan a Dale, as Robin meets the Curtal Friar or Fountain Abbey and gets new lessons in humility. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking as Allan's Ellen steps ever closer to the aisle and wedding ancient Sir Stephen.

Presented live in Voice.

Friday, June 21, 2013

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Library

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

 CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF GREAT STORIES!

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

Sunday,  June 23rd at 1:30 p.m. - TEA TIME at Sherwood Forest with Caledonia Skytower & Corwyn Allen (in the upper meadow)

 Monday, June 24th at 7 p.m. - More from A Trio of My Father's Tales with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, June 25th at 7 p.m. - The City and The Stars continues  with Gyro Muggins

Wednesday, June 26th at 7 p.m. -  The Tao of Pooh (Part 3)  with Kayden Oconnell and Caledonia Skytower

Thursday,  June 27th at 7 p.m. - Myths of the Cherokee with Shandon Loring


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life is sometimes.  

 In May and June we'll be inviting library guests to join us in supporting our featured  real world charity Heifer International !  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, June 19, 2013

THURSDAY June 20th at 7pm: ZARG - Zombie Apocalypse Resistance Group

ZARG is offered as an audiobook narrated by your own Shandon Loring
available on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.com
Tonight: Special Presentation of two stories from this book.

The ZARG Chronicles are real case histories collected by the Zombie Apocalypse Resistance Group (ZARG), led by a man named Devin Gorski, also known as General Serpo. These stories here will shock, scare, excite, and most importantly entertain you. If you are any kind of zombie fan at all you will love this!!
AND, by special arrangements your Seanchai tonight can offer you RL membership in the ZARG Militia!

(WORLD WAR Z OPENS TONIGHT!!!!)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WEDNESDAY, June 19th at 7PM: The TAO OF POOH Continues

Not a "Bother!"

Kayden and Cale continue with Benjamin Hoff's delightful exploration of the principles of "The Way" along with his friend Winnie-the-Pooh and various other friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.

The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese--or a venerable philosopher--but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.

Presented Live in Voice.

Monday, June 17, 2013

TUESDAY, June 18th at 7PM: More from THE CITY AND THE STARS

Gyro continues, picking up just as our hero Alvin makes his escape from , not looking back.  Once out of Diaspar, Alvin finds that one other human habitation remains on Earth. In contrast to technological Diaspar, Lys is a vast green oasis shielded by mountains from the worldwide desert. Its people are not stored and recreated technologically, but naturally conceive, are born, age, and die.

A classic novella by one of the great names in Science Fiction.

Presented Live in voice.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

MONDAY, June 17th at 7PM: The Conclusion of THE TWENTY ONE BALLOONS

We end our week-long intermission (only fifteen minutes in the book) as Professor William Waterman Sherman continues his saga of how he left San Francisco and sailed off over the Pacific Ocean in one balloon, and was subsequently found wrecked in the Atlantic with twenty.  From the comfort of a bed on stage at the Western American Explorer's Club, the Professor continues his tale, bringing it to an explosive conclusion - literally!

This delightful novel by William Pène du Bois, published in 1947 was awarded the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1948.

Caledonia Skytower, presenting live in voice.

SUNDAY, June 16th at 6PM - MAGICLAND STORYTIME

Cale shares selections from her newest short story collection: 

"The Little Lord Fauntleroy Suit" follows young Kevin Cooney in 1898 Chicago, as his love for him mother causes him to endure the ridicule of his classmates as he wears a special suit that she created for him wit her own hands.  Kevin discovers what he thinks will make everyone happy.  Will he succeed?

Presented Live in Voice at Magicland Park.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

SUNDAY, June 16th at 1:30PM: TEA TIME IN SHERWOOD FOREST!

Join Cale and Corwyn in the Meadow for another Saint-filled tale from Howard Pyle's THE MERRY ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.

The tea is iced and there's lemonade and other treats.  Come along and bring a friend, sit on a blanket and enjoy Tea Time al fresco!

THIS WEEK: We begin the saga of Allan-a-Dale, which starts with meeting the minstrel and learning of his troubles.  As Robin befriends him, delighting in his sweet music, he starts a series of adventures that eventually lead to a church and to our old friend the Sheriff of Nottingham once more. I wonder who will read the minstrel's parts?

Presented live in Voice.

Friday, June 14, 2013

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Library!

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

 CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF GREAT STORIES!

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

 Monday, June 17th at 7 p.m. - The Twenty One Balloons (Conclusion) with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, June 18th at 7 p.m. - More from The City and The Stars  with Gyro Muggins

Wednesday, June 19th at 7 p.m. -  The Tao of Pooh Continues with Kayden Oconnell and Caledonia Skytower

Thursday,  June 20th at 7 p.m. - Sirens, Daemons, and Other Lovers with Shandon Loring

And Join Us for these Outreach events:

Sunday,  June 16th at 6 p.m. - MAGICLAND STORYTIME:  More original short stories with Caledonia Skytower


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life is sometimes.  

 In May and June we'll be inviting library guests to join us in supporting our featured  real world charity Heifer International !  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, June 13, 2013

THANKS Sent from Project Children!

We got this lovely letter from Project Children, thanking us for the $120 that we sent them from your tips during March and April.  Virtual activity with real world benefits!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

THURSDAY June 13th at 7pm: POE'S CHILDREN

From the incomparable master of horror and suspense comes an electrifying collection of contemporary literary horror, with stories from twenty-five writers representing today’s most talented voices in the genre.

Horror writing is usually associated with formulaic gore, but New Wave horror writers have more in common with the wildly inventive, evocative spookiness of Edgar Allan Poe than with the sometimes-predictable hallmarks of their peers. Showcasing this cutting-edge talent, Poe’s Children now brings the best of the genre’s stories to a wider audience. Featuring tales from such writers as Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Carroll, Poe’s Children is Peter Straub’s tribute to the imaginative power of storytelling. Each previously published story has been selected by Straub to represent what he thinks is the most interesting development in our literature during the last two decades.

Crossing boundaries and packed with imaginative chills, Poe’s Children bears all the telltale signs of fearless, addictive fiction.

ISBN-10: 0385522835

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

WEDNESDAY, June 12th at 7pm: Selections from A TRIO OF MY FATHER'S TALES

Cale shares selections from her newest short story collection: 

"'A great storyteller' was not the first thought people had about my father.  But he was an Irishman, so it was in his blood.  There were stories he used to tell that we, as children, asked him to repeat over and over again at family meals. 

"Here is a tribute to my father with three of those stories: The Little Lord Fauntleroy Suit, Flying Down to Cour D'Alene, and The Skunk War."


Presented Live in Voice.

Monday, June 10, 2013

TUESDAY, June 11th at 7pm: THE TAO of POOh Begins!

The how of Pooh?

The Tao of who?

The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese--or a venerable philosopher--but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh!

While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.

And that's a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists. Kayden and Cale combine their Ch'i to present these delightful and thought provoking reflections, live in voice.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

MONDAY, June 10th at 7pm: THE TWENTY ONE BALLONS ~ Part 2

William Pène du Bois' 1948 Newbery Award-winning adventure continues: the story is about a retired schoolteacher whose ill-fated balloon trip leads him to discover an island full of great wealth and fantastic inventions. The events and ideas are based both on scientific fact and imagination.

THIS WEEK: Professor William Waterman Sherman has landed on a strange volcanic island after the unexpected destruction of his balloon the "Globe."  Who does he meet?  And what does he see and find? 

Caledonia Skytower, live in voice.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

SUNDAY, June 9th at 1:30pm: TEA TIME in Sherwood Forest

Come and join Caledonia and Corwyn in the Library Meadow for an alfresco TEA TIME.

More from from Howard Pyle's  TALES OF ROBIN HOOD, complete with music, lemonade, and Iced Tea! Yoiks and Away!  Huzzah!  Have a merry old time with Cale and Corwyn, and perhaps play a handy round of "Name That Saint"!

THIS WEEK: Little John is featured!  "How Little John Lived at the Sheriff's" and "Little John and the Tanner of Blyth"

Presented live in voice!

Friday, June 7, 2013

THIS WEEK at Seanchai Library!

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

 CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF GREAT STORIES!

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

Sunday,  June 9th at 1:30 p.m. - TEA TIME at Sherwood Forest with Caledonia Skytower & Corwyn Allen (in the upper meadow)

 Monday, June 10th at 7 p.m. - Twenty One Balloons (Part 2) with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, June 11th at 7 p.m. - The Tao of Pooh (Part 1)  with Kayden Oconnell and Caledonia Skytower

Wednesday, June 12th at 7 p.m. -  A Trio of My Father's Tales (Selections from Cale's newest collection) with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday,  June 13th at 7 p.m. - Poe's Children with Shandon Loring


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change, because that is just how life is sometimes.  

 In May and June we'll be inviting library guests to join us in supporting our featured  real world charity Heifer International !  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, June 5, 2013

THURSDAY June 6th at 7PM: POE'S LIGHTHOUSE


ALL NEW STORIES BY LEGENDARY AUTHOR EDGAR ALLAN POE
The First in 162 Years!!
Impossible, you say? Think again! Admittedly, Mr. Poe is in no position to be writing much these days which is why he is getting a little help from his friends. All-New Collaborations with EDGAR ALLAN POE. These writers take a little-known, unfinished story fragment that Poe wrote near the end of his life and turn it into a complete story in any way they wish. The only rule is to use Poe s language, his images, his ideas: - the authors had to truly work together with the master. A posthumous collection for the ages...
Welcome to Poe s Lighthouse.

ISBN#9781936679034

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

WEDNESDAY, June 5th at 7:00PM: ERMENGARDE THE EXPANSIVE

Another night, another guest! Our friend Freda Frostbite (aka Stephanie Mesler) is back with her newest release.

A fire breathing dragon has entered your realm? No problem! A star falls from the sky? Catch it! Don't like the prince you are obligated to marry? Dump him! Your daddy's the king and he thinks you aren't worth his attention much less capable of ruling the realm? Prove him wrong!

Ermengarde the Expansive had a lot to overcome in spite if being born royal. Through strength and perseverance, she grew in power, stature, and, most importantly, self esteem. Ermengarde is the princess our daughters could and should aspire to emulate.

Meet the author and learn more about her at her blog!

Presented Live in Voice.

Monday, June 3, 2013

TUESDAY, June 4th at 7:00PM: ORIGINAL SCIENCE FICTION with JACKSON ARTHUR

We are happy to welcome another guest author to the  Library. Second Life's Jackson Arthur will share selections from his published science fiction, and perhaps other tidbits of the genre!

Born in the US in New York, Jackson wrote his first successful story in third grade. He was awarded with an opportunity to read it over the school's public address system, creating a memory that has stayed with him for decades.

Now enjoying an early retirement and living in Arizona, Jackson has moved his writing career from making memories to making eBooks. Finding it hard to leave technology behind, Jackson has also has become a virtual author, with an avatar and office in the virtual world called Second Life. He invites everyone to stop in and say hello in voice or text.  Visit his Blog to learn more about him!  

Presented Live in Voice.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

MONDAY, June 3rd at 7PM: THE TWENTY ONE BALLOONS! (Part 1)

This delightful novel by William Pène du Bois, published in 1947 was awarded the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1948. The story is about a retired schoolteacher whose ill-fated balloon trip leads him to discover an island full of great wealth and fantastic inventions. The events and ideas are based both on scientific fact and imagination.

THIS WEEK: Professor William Waterman Sherman has a secret, when he turns up in the Atlantic in the wreckage of  a mass of hot air balloons.  But he'll not divulge a single detail until he reaches the Western American Explorer's Club in San Francisco!  He'll not even tell the President of the United States! So, the adventure begins.

Caledonia Skytower, live in voice.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

SUNDAY, June 2 at 1:30pm: TEA TIME in Sherwood Forest

Come and join Caledonia and Corwyn for a slightly different kind of TEA TIME.

We'll be in the Library Meadow for the month of June with Selections from Howard Pyle's  TALES OF ROBIN HOOD, complete with music, lemonade, and Iced Tea!  Help us celebrate the coming of glorious summer with this special series and tea time al fresco!

THIS WEEK: "How Robin Hood Became an Outlaw" and "Robin Hood and the Tinker"

Presented live in voice!