Sunday, January 15, 2012


Straight Talk Storytellers Spring 2012 Schedule

  • March 7    A SACRED SPACE                         Hosted by Mary McGrath
  • April 4      GARDENING IN MY GENES            Hosted by Terry Chekon
  • May 2       MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS   Hosted by Rosalind Becker and Ginny Aguirre

    Sunday, January 1, 2012

    GUILT AND SHAME - Join us at the AVID READER - January 4th

    Don't miss the storytelling program on January 4th at the Avid Reader, with Straight Talk Tellers:
    Regina Brink, Abe Sass, Terry Chekon and Mary McGrath telling compelling stories on the theme 'Guilt and Shame.'  Ever done something in you could only regret, and live to tell the tale, even see the humor in your shame?  We've got four stories for you, to begin the new year.

    Join us at 7pm, Wednesday, 
    January 4, 2012.

    16th and Broadway, Sacramento, CA

    Please feel free to bring a friend.

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011


    Please come join us for an engaging evening of storytelling.

    We meet at THE AVID READER in Sacramento. 
    Location and time:  16th and Broadway at 7:00 p.m.
    When:  The First Wednesday of every month.

    October 5:   Guest Host, Nancy Griffith. Theme: Behind the Mask
    November 3:  Guest Host, Charlotte Donovan. Theme: Community: Finding Home

    December 7:  Guest Host, Terry Chekon: Theme: Celebrations and Disasters

    Saturday, March 5, 2011


    This month our tellers told stories based on the theme of "Where is Love? and  I Was Very Hungry".

    L to R - Pat Sandefur, Ann Rothschild, Nancy Griffith and Robin Aurelius.

    Pat Sandefur
    was inspired to tell us the story of meeting her husband while on duty as a librarian.  Her charming and more sophisticated supervisors cautioned her that he might be acceptable if "he would lose the red pants."  Since they both knew Oklahoma well, Pat accepted him, red pants and all, and the rest is history. 

    Ann Rothschild
    told of the legacy of WWII when she and her family suffered in many ways on the beautiful Isle of Guernsey, and how she found the one place she was sure to find warmth and love.

    Nancy Griffith
    led a big troop of hungry Girl Scouts into the wilderness and the packer bringing the food to a drop-off point did not show up.  Many miles into the wilderness, with a hoard of hungry scouts, what's a leader to do?  and, what did the Scouts do to the packer when he came a day late?

    Robin Aurelius
    played the organ as a boy in church, and as he grew older followed the profess into many different churches.  In one, he helped with the merger of two congregations, but found the new organ could not coexist with the old.  It was the building committee versus the music committee. What would happen to the Hammond organ if the alter rail and the carpet had to be cut?


    It seems that Straight Talk Storytellers is gaining a little bit of "awareness" momentum. We were featured in the February 22 edition of Senior Spectrum.  We were delighted make the front cover. The feature story is called, "Once Upon a Life."

    The February edition of Midtown Monthly also published a fun candid shot of Mary McGrath at the Marrs building off of J street.

    Saturday, February 5, 2011

    WHERE IS LOVE? & The devil made me do it.

    February 2 saw tellers tackling the themes 'Where is Love' and 'The Devil Made Me Do It'.  Mary McGrath made the introductions.

    Olga Browne
    Kiyomi told a story of exhibiting love to a neighbor in the face of anger - a tale fit to tame the wild blackberry.

    Pat Alexander followed with a story about when boys begin to notice girls and what they do to signal their love.

    Olga Browne brought gasps and laughs with her story of snakes in the outhouse - where children were small and the holes were big.

    Iris Diamond
    Iris Diamond shared a story of her resolve to start up the tea shop she planned with her husband, while experiencing deep grief just as the business was ready to open.

    Terry Chekon gave us a commentary on life in the 30's when her parents had to manage a secret marriage in order to remain employed.

    Gail Ryall told us how she was able to keep husband Lenny out of the draft.

    Thank yo to Pat Alexander who told her first story so very well, and other students, Irene, Hao, Sandra, and Yoshiko who came to enjoy the evening. 

    Thursday, January 13, 2011


    March 2, 2011 - 6:30 pm
    I WAS VERY HUNGRY  ~  Where is love?  

    April 6, 2011 - 6:30 pm
    AMAZEMENTS AND SURPRISES  ~  I was very hungry  

    May 4, 2011 - 6:30 pm
    WHERE IN THE WORLD?  ~  Amazements and Surpises