Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Friday, November 14, 2003


Man, I tell you what, if it's not robots, it's Rhode Island...this just in: Festival in R.I. celebrates storytelling
The Associated Press
11/14/2003, 2:23 p.m. CT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Tejumola Ologboni can tell one heck of a lie.

"It happened in Kansas, 'cause that's where I was born," he begins. And before you know it, you're sucked in — willing yourself to believe he was once a bartender at a saloon where word of "Big John's" arrival scared all his customers away.

Whether he's spinning a tall tale or bringing a bit of African history to life, Ologboni uses his expressive eyes and ever-changing voice to entertain and to teach his audience a lesson.

He is one of dozens of storytellers converging in Providence for the 21st annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference. The event, which ends Sunday, features performances by award-winning storytellers as well as educational workshops on movement, rhythm and using the voice as an instrument.

The festival also features the ever-popular Liars Contest, where participants have three minutes to tell their most convincing tall tale. The 58-year-old Ologboni won the contest years ago with his fictional tale of Big John — a character who never appears in the story, but sends chills down the spine anyway thanks to Ologboni's dramatic, animated telling. [...]
I don't recall that I've ever blogged about this, but I participated and won this event in 2001, and came in second in 2000 and 2002.

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