Monthly posts to Tales from the Tapestry are written by Author/Storyteller/Playwright Linda Goodman. Linda is the author of Daughters of the Appalachians, which has been performed around the country both as a one-woman show and a play. She has been a professional storyteller since 1989. She is a Virgina Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Tall Tales and Laughing Spells
Why I Don’t Fish Anymore
Stories performed by Alan Hoal.$15.00, plus shipping and handling, from www.thehoalstory.com or call
Reviewed by Linda Goodman
Virginia native Alan Hoal claims that every story on this CD is true. Of course,
when we hear that, we must remember that he has an entire shelf of tall tale
competition trophies. My advice: don’t worry about whether or not the tales are
true; just allow yourself to suspend your disbelief for a while, and I
guarantee you will have a rollicking good time listening to this story
listening to Why I Don’t Fish Anymore,
just believe that Hoal once had a
beloved pet catfish named Whiskers. After you have listened to the story of how
Hoal came to adopt Whiskers as a pet, and to all the adventures they had
together, you will understand why the tragedy that followed scarred Hoal so
much that he had to give up fishing altogether.
The Conjuring of Bloody Mary recalls Hoal’s
own experience at trying to call up the legendary, vampire-like ghost, famous
for draining the blood out of her victims. Was she real? Only the next of kin
can say for sure, but make no mistake: Hoal knows a good story when he lives
Hot Diggity Saves the Day, set in Punkin
Patch, Virginia features an eccentric Uncle, a hated giant chicken, and an
extraordinary hunting dog that saves the town from going down in history as a
laughing stock. This story is a puzzle that creates a wonderfully funny picture
as it puts all the pieces together.
what a decaffeinated coffee plant does with all that caffeine that is removed
from its coffee? The Great Caffeine
Disaster goes into great detail to explain just that. Beware! It is not a
current grim world of government shut-downs, increasing debt, and mounting
fear, this album provides a much needed escape from reality. It is a flight of
fancy to a world where the ridiculous seems real, reality seems insane, and
healing laughter makes everything seem all right for a while.