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Advice, Comments and References from Storytellers, Teachers and Librarians
(excerpts from Storytell posts plus original research)

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1) "The Giant Who Was More than a Match." It's from a book called Lighting Candles in the Dark: Stories of Courage and Love in Action.
Tom and Sandy Farley, Los Altos, offer this story on their CD, available at:

2) There is a wonderful story on Ed Stivender's tape Once... Stories for Kids called "The Wise One" by Aaron Piper. Bones: Old man, wise, moves into the forest. Known for his wisdom. There is a trade route between two cities. One day a giant blocks the road. Mayor meets with council. They send the club bearer, but the giant suddenly has a club in his hand twice the size and man runs. Then the council sends a sword bearer champion. Suddenly as he faces the giant to destroy him, the giant has a sword bigger and sharper in his hand and the sword bearer runs away. Then the council sends the firebearer champion and when he faces the giant, the giant now has a fist full of fireballs and scares the man away.Council doesn't know what to do. Mayor's wife is sitting and listening suggests they contact this old wise man in the forest. Maybe he'll know. They get him, he says, "Leave it to me." Borrows a wagon, a jug of milk, some nuts and berries that he likes to eat and heads off to see the giant. He just looks at the giant and begins to talk to him, asks his name, sits down on road, pours himself a cup of milk, offers giant a cup and eats nuts and berries, offers giant some nuts and berries. Giant says, "Wait a minute," runs off and brings back a feast of food for them both to eat. Old wise man and giant eat together and talk together.Wise man has to leave, giant asks to where and then lifts him and his wagon and takes them to the mayor's village. After that, any time a wagon in trade comes by the giant, they talk and the giant carries them or lets them through. Giant fought kindness with kindness and all ended up just right.

3) "Shrek Meets Sidran"
There's a movie out these days called Shrek. It's a computer-animated feature loosely based on (and expanded greatly from) a William Steig illustrated short story. The title character is a storyland ogre, hideous on the outside but with a heart of gold buried far beneath his gruff attitude.

4) There's a tale from the late Reuven Gold called "How I Learned to Study Torah." It's about a rabbi who appears gruff and foreboding, but when left alone with the child he is asked to help, says nothing but offers him a long hug. One version is on Doug Lipman's cassette, Milk from the Bull's Horn: Tales of Nurturing Men. The text is in the book Chosen Tales: Stories Told by Jewish Storytellers, published by Jason Aronson.

5) Poem:
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousands winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die.

6) Poem:
Miss Me--But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in gloom-filled rooms,
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little--but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low;
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me--but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know,
And busy your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me--but let me go.

7) Poem:
After Glow
I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done.

8) Poem:
"I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch ehr until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says "There, she is gone."
"Gone where?"
"Gone from my sight. That is all."
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of
living freight to her destined port. Her diminshed size is in me, not in her. And just at that moment when someone says "There, she is gone" there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout - "Here she comes!"
And that is dying."
by Henry Van Dyke

Eulogy Speech.

The Art of Eulogy Poems - Poetic Farewell.

11) Obituaries Help is a resource (maintained by volunteers) for a person looking for condolence/sympathy and funeral related examples and resources. Virtually anything related to a funeral and how to express your condolences after losing a loved one is listed. There is also an extensive genealogy section that can be used for anyone that is starting his or her family tree.

Created 2001; last update 11/20/09

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