Archive for March, 2011

Laws of Nature – Meet the Performers

Posted on March 15, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Our next storytelling event is here – April 2nd!

Laws (and Suggestions) of Nature

Stories about defying gravity, surviving Murphy’s Law and fighting, when flight would have been smarter.

(Please note, these stories are NOT for children.)

April 2nd, 2011

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7PM Show

9PM Show

Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center

11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Refreshments on sale (coffee, sodas, snacks)

Here are videos of each of stories performed in the past by each of the wonderful storytellers you will see on April 2nd.  Like the night of the performance, many of these videos are NOT for children!

Hosted by Jessica Piscitelli

Storytellers include:

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Death and Writing Part 2

Posted on March 14, 2011. Filed under: writing | Tags: , |

I get Google Alerts for my name, and my companies, to see what Google thinks of me on a regular basis.  It’s a smart thing to do with any brand, not to mention if you want to know if any of those people you’ve offended in your life are spreading nasty rumors about you.  Fingers crossed but I have so far been lucky.

Today is my first day back to work and it is a slow start.  I don’t feel like focusing on anything in particular – so I checked my Gmail account.  Google Alerts weekly message showed me my dad’s obituary.  It was kind of surreal.

Obituaries don’t really do a person justice.  Neither do funeral services.  For both my mom and my dad’s funeral, I ended up writing what we can call a eulogy.  My mom’s funeral service was much more personal, taking place in a funeral home instead of a church.  So there were lots of wonderful things said about her.  My dad had a mass, so there was nothing personal in it at all.  The priest didn’t even use his name.  I wrote the following eulogy and said it before the mass started.  I wanted there to be something said about the kind of man my dad was.

My dad, David Allen Piscitelli, died on March 4, 2011, after a four and a half year battle with lung cancer.  He was 68 years old.  Here is his eulogy.

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Storytelling in VA – April 2nd

Posted on March 3, 2011. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , |

Our next storytelling event is almost here. Make sure you buy your tickets before we sell out.

Laws (and Suggestions) of Nature

Stories about defying gravity, surviving Murphy’s Law and fighting, when flight would have been smarter.

(Please note, these stories are NOT for children.)

April 2nd, 2011

Time (First Show): 7:00-8:15 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Time (Encore Show): 9:00-10:15 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m.)

Location: Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center

11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Refreshments on sale (coffee, sodas, snacks)

Click below to BUY TICKETS FOR:

7PM Show

9PM Show

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Death and Writing

Posted on March 1, 2011. Filed under: Commentaries, writing | Tags: , , , , |

My father is dying.

So, what does that have to do with writing, you might be wondering.  Well, everything.  Everything in my life has to do with writing.   I mean, something small, like a moment in a coffee shop, could yield an entire story.  But something big, like my dad having cancer, can affect how much I write, if I write, and what I write about – perhaps for a very long time.

Lately, taking care of and visiting with my dad has been a big part of my life.  I need to be here with him.  I need to take care of him and to have this time.  Does that mean that physically I am left with very little time to write?  Yes.  Does that mean that emotionally and mentally I am drained?  Yes.  Does being mentally drained affect whether or not I feel like writing?  Yes.

Not that I am making excuses, but it is hard to care about doing work I get paid to do right now, let alone care about the work of building a career that may or may not ever come to fruition.  I want to spend some of this time working on my novel and working on stories and being creative, but I rarely do anything that doesn’t absolutely have to be done these days.

Additionally, what I write about is and will be different due to my experiences.  My mom died of cancer in 2003.  Since then, I have written some stories about being a cancer victim, and some stories about being a family member of someone with cancer.  I have experienced the long term illness and death of a loved one.  I was left with detailed memories of that, but also a somewhat darker view of the world because of it.

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