By Mike Thomas
Storyteller AlmanacMar 16, 2021
12 Stories Of Christmas: "`Twas The Night Before Christmas"
A reading of the classic Christmas Poem by Clement Clarke Moore. Great for kids on Christmas Eve!
12 Stories Of Christmas: "The Christmas Story" (Bible - Luke & Matthew)
A reading of the 'greatest story ever told' - The Christmas Story from the Holy Bible, Luke & Matthew. This story has musical enhancements.
12 Stories Of Christmas: "Legend Of The Christmas Stocking"
Ever wonder where the tradition of hanging the stockings over the fireplace on Christmas Eve came from? Well ... give a listen and find out :).
12 Stories Of Christmas: "Christmas Love"
An original story written and copywriter by Cabdy Chand about a "mis-spelling" during a child's Christmas play .
12 Stories Of Christmas: "Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus"
A legendary story about a little girl who wrote a letter to a newspaper in the late 1800's seeking the real answer as to whether Santa Claus truly exists or not.
12 Stories Of Christmas: "Legend Of The Christmas Rose"
A loving story about a beautiful and magical;l flower at Christmas and how it came to be.
12 Stories Of Christmas: "First Night Of Christmas"
A tale about the very first night of Christmas celebration
12 Stories Of Christmas: "Legend Of Santa Claus"
The title speaks for itself on this one. But it's all about how various observances and beliefs of the man in red differs around the world.
12 Stories Of Christmas: "The Dime"
A heartwarming Christmas tale about a boy wanting to buy his mom a Christmas present - with only a dime.
12 Stories Of Christmas: "Legend Of The Poinsettia"
A story about the Christmas poinsettia flower and from whence it came.
12 Stories Of Christmas: "A Soldier's Christmas"
A twist on the classic tale, "`Twas The Night Before Christmas." Legend has it this piece was penned by a soldier on Christmas Eve in Okinawa, Japan.
12 Stories Of Christmas: "The Polar Express"
A reading of the classic tale, "The Polar Express." This episode contains a little music and sound effects for listening enhancement.
12 Stories Of Christmas Promo Podcast
Promotional and introductory explanation of what this new Christmas Podcast series is all about.
Paul Revere’s Helper
This weeks' episode is entitled, "Paul Revere's Helper." It's a true story about the famous ride of Paul Revere. But it talks about a helper Paul had that night back in Colonial Days you might not have ever been taught in your school days. Presented in the Paul Harvey, "Rest Of The Story Format," ya' gotta stick with me until the end of this short story to fully get the impact and surprise ending.
Mary Had A Little Lamb
This episode tells the story of someone named Sara Hale. Sara made famous the children's rhyme, "Mary Had A Little Lamb." But she also ended up responsible for one of our most celebrated Holidays in America. Listen in to fin out which Holiday and hear "The Rest Of The Story!" :)
Candle - A Love Story In Song
Back in 1985, I was asked to sing a song for two people who were about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. I decided to take it one step further and try and write something for these two special people. This podcast episode tells the back story plus includes the song from that point in time. Enjoy!
This weeks' episode of Storyteller Almanac Podcast is entitled, "Sarah Colley." Sarah was a well known and famous entertainer in the country music circles. Presented in the "Pual Harvey / Rest Of The Story" format, ya' gotta stick with me till the end to figure out who or what I'm talking about in this story! Thanks for dropping' by, neighbor! :)
A special early release episode this week. I've chosen to release it on July 4th, 2021 - Independnce Day. "Freedoms Wings" is a song I wrote and recorded back in 1999 for an album I did back then called, "Heritage." I used to use this song as an opener to my concerts for many years. I still use it in the show when I perform live. There are some special 'Americana' audio clips inserted within this version of the tune. The opening narration was something I also wrote for the album. That narration was done by an old friend of mine - Donald MacCallum. Happy Independence Day Everyone!
National Camera Day
For What It's Worth
This week's episode talks about a well known radio personality in America. I'm not gonna telly'll much about the story because I'll give it away. Ya' gotta listen and check it all out to get the gist of the whole story. ;)
Amos Muzyad Yakhoob
Another story about a well known celebrity and philanthropist in American Culture who left behind a very helpful and famous organization - now run by his daughter. Presented in the "Paul Harvey / Rest Of The Story" format - in other words, ya' gotta stay with me till the end to figure out who it is we're talking about. Thanks for droppin' by, neighbor!
The Father Of Miami
This episode talks of a man who bolstered the state of Florida dramatically over the years. No, it's not Walt Disney. It was another man who even had a whole county named after him. It's presented in the "Paul Harvey / Rest Of The Story" Format. In other words, ya' gotta stick with me till the end to figure out who the heck we're talking about.:)
The Colonel's Best Student
Presented in the "... Rest Of The Story / Paul Harvey ..." format, this episode speaks of a fairly well known American folk hero who created a business that's still very much around today that most of us have partaken in.
A Soldier's Last Waltz
A special Memorial Day 2021 Episode. This is a story about a song I wrote a few years back. It's based on truth about someone who never returned to America after being sent to Korea to fight in the war there back in the 1950's.
Another famous person in American history - a fun loving guy who loved kids and they loved him. Presented in the "Rest Of The Story / Paul Harvey" format. In other words, ya' gotta stick around till the end to figure out who or what I'm talking about ;).
This episode is quite different than all the others so far. It's a story. A story I wrote many years ago. It has emotions, music, highs and lows. It's sort of like a modern day version of an old fashioned radio program where they used to tell stories that carried you through till the end. It's about 25 minutes long. The grand finale has a very emotional ending you'll wanna make sure you stay and listen to. Enjoy!
He Just Wouldn't Quit
This episode is presented in the "Rest Of The Story" format about a famous man in U.S. History who just wouldn't quit no matter what the odds were stacked against him.
Stoneface - The Old Man Of The Mountains
The Great Stoneface or "Old Man Of The Mountains" as it's officially called remains the State Seal of New Hampshire. This is a story in tribute to old Stoneface as it crumbled and fell of the side of The White Mountains of New Hampshire back in May of 2003 after residing there for over 25,000 years. Give a listen :)
This episode called, "Richard B." is about a famous celebrity. But this story goes beyond his celebrity and tells a story of a contribution he made to American History and Society some years ago - that's still meaningful and poignant today.
"Path Of Heart - A New Solo Piano Album!
Along with being a podcaster, my other two professions and passions in life are photography and music. I've been a musician / keyboard player since I was 4 years old. This new album, "Path Of Heart" is my latest endeavor in my writing / recording / performing life. It's basically a solo piano project with some strings in there for depth and feeling. Check it out...
The Musical Minister
This man became better known for his service and dedication to children everywhere versus his ministry and/or music. Tune in to find out who I'm talking about :).
Presented in the Paul Harvey - "Rest Of The Story" format, listen to this story about an old country music singer / musician who befriended a little kid from 'the wrong side of the tracks' in Tennessee one time. But that little kid turned out to be .... well .... you'll just have to listen to the podcast to find out ;).
Salute In The Rain
This episode is dedicated to all Vietnam Veterans one day after March 29th, 2021 - "National Vietnam War Veterans Day."
Too Much Of A Flag Waiver
Hear how a very popular old American tune was almost never heard because certain people thought it was too much of a "flag Waiver." This one is presented in the 'Paul Harvey' "....Rest Of The Story....." format.
The Hometown Museum
A conversation with Kaye Malins from Marceline, MO. Kaye knew both Walt and Roy Disney. She lives in the house where Walt and Roy lived and spent a good portion of their childhood growing up. You may have heard or read stories and articles about Walt Disney. But Kaye offers a very unique perspective on the subject as she not only knew Walt and brother Roy, but she was actually sought out and hired by the Disney brothers to work at DisneyLAND in California. Well worth the listen especially if you’re a Disney fan or a Disney Cast Zmember!
“Piper” is a story about a trip I made to Canada when I was about 12 years old. It was an adventure that, even though I didn’t know it at the time, would be life changing and impact my later adult life. One of my favorite songs I’ve ever written came out of this. The song is played towards the end of the episode so please hang in until then
“Frank” is presented in the mystery style or “...Rest Of The Story...” (Paul Harvey) format. Believe me, you’ll know who Frank is by the end of the episode. but you gotta listen until the end!
Believe: A Quest For Peace
This episode is a bit different. I speak of a song I wrote, recorded and produced a few years back about the search for peace. A majestic sounding epic, this is the song I’m most proud of that I’ve written Thus far.
Never Give Up
This episode is presented as a little mystery or if you will, in the style of the famous newscaster Paul Harvey type of storytelling: “The Rest Of The Story.” Listen to the end of this short podcast episode to find out who I’m talking about 😜.
The Coastal Chronicles
A conversation with author Rebekah Lyn. An old friend, Rebekah has authored and published over a half dozen novels thus far. A spiritual based author (and Christian human being), Rebekah gives insight and basis for her writings. For more info about Renekah Kyn and where to find her books, navigate to: HERE www.RebekahLynBooks.com
BONUS EPISODE: “Vivacity” - A Conversation With Heather Thorn
An in depth. Interview with musician, performer, actress Heather Thorn.
“Dan The Man”
A conversation with mr. Dan Mitchell. Dab‘s vast experienced with the homelessness issues in America make for a unique pint of view interview. But he also talks about his own life’s experiences. All in all, a good 35 minute chat!
Mrs. Lee’s Rose Garden
A story from my childhood about a special, old rose garden I visited as a kid. But it’s not the type of rose garden you’re thinking. Listen until the end and you’ll understand.
The Grand Marshall Picker
A conversation with Dean Gaschler, the Grand Marshall Coordinator (retired) for the daily afternoon parade at The Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World in Florida. A light hearted yet slightly in depth interview about Dean’s adventures and memories spanning his 22 year career with The Walt Disney Company.