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Storyteller Almanac

Storyteller Almanac

By Mike Thomas
Slices of life relevant to the human spirit, culture and heritage.
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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!
December 24, 2021
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.
December 23, 2021
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 :).
December 22, 2021
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 .
December 21, 2021
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.
December 20, 2021
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.
December 19, 2021
12 Stories Of Christmas: "First Night Of Christmas"
A tale about the very first night of Christmas celebration
December 18, 2021
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.
December 17, 2021
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.
December 16, 2021
12 Stories Of Christmas: "Legend Of The Poinsettia"
A story about the Christmas poinsettia flower and from whence it came.
December 15, 2021
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.
December 14, 2021
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.
December 13, 2021
12 Stories Of Christmas Promo Podcast
Promotional and introductory explanation of what this new Christmas Podcast series is all about.
December 01, 2021
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.
August 03, 2021
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!" :)
July 28, 2021
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!
July 20, 2021
Sarah Colley
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! :)
July 13, 2021
Freedoms Wings
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!
July 04, 2021
National Camera Day
A story about somebody very instrumental in the formulation and advancement of the photography world.
June 29, 2021
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. ;)
June 29, 2021
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!
June 22, 2021
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.:)
June 15, 2021
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. 
June 08, 2021
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. 
May 31, 2021
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 ;).
May 25, 2021
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!
May 18, 2021
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.
May 11, 2021
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 :)
May 04, 2021
Richard B.
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.
April 27, 2021
"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...
April 20, 2021
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 :).
April 13, 2021
Lonzo Green
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 ;).
April 06, 2021
Salute In The Rain
This episode is dedicated to all Vietnam Veterans one day after March 29th, 2021 -  "National Vietnam War Veterans Day."
March 30, 2021
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.
March 23, 2021
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!
March 16, 2021
“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
March 09, 2021
“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!
March 02, 2021
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.
February 23, 2021
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 😜. 
February 17, 2021
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 
February 10, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: “Vivacity” - A Conversation With Heather Thorn
An in depth. Interview with musician, performer, actress Heather Thorn.
February 06, 2021
“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!
February 03, 2021
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.
January 27, 2021
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.
January 20, 2021
“And Now You Know ... The Rest Of The Story”, Paul Harvey type episode.
January 12, 2021
Storyteller Almanac Promo Podcast
A basic explanation or outline of what Storyteller Almanac Podcast is all about.
January 08, 2021