The Best Wish
  • Oct 7, 2020
  • 56:50 mins

We always hope that the stories we share with you on The Apple Seed spark memories for you to share with the people that you love. Sometimes those memories are sparked by listening to personal stories, and other times by listening to tall tales and fairy tales. So sit back, relax, and get ready to have the memories wash over you as you listen to stories about pies, beans, and breadfruit.  On today’s episode, enjoy the following: "The Best Wish" by Dan Keding from Wisdom and Wayfaring (7:57) In this story from Chicago-based storyteller, Dan Keding, a pessimistic angel bets an optimistic angel that he cannot find three good, kind humans in three days.   "Coyote Gets His Name - Okanagon" by Susan Strauss from Tracks, Tracks, Tracks: Coyote Stories (7:53) Here's a story from Oregon-based storyteller Susan Strauss. Susan is known for her lively interpretations of animals, most notably, Coyote. And in this story, when the "Great Spirit" announces He's giving out new names to all the animals, Coyote brags about how grand and glorius his new name will be. But as most of us know, bragging rarely ends well.  "Half-Boy Breadfruit" by Dan Kelin from Dan Kelin - Talk Story Fest (7:18)  Dan Kelin's stories are infused with energy and humor, as displayed in this next story, "Half-Boy Breadfruit". It's just one of many examples that reminds us not to judge a person by their size.  "The Man in the Moon in Love" by Ed Stivender from And Once Again…(7:42) The Miami Herald considers Ed Stivender the "Robin Williams of Storytelling". In Ed's story, "The Man in the Moon in Love", we're reminded of the adage, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach". And that ulimately rings true even for the Man in the Sun.  "The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean" by The Storycrafters from Yarns of the Brothers Grimm (14:37) In this story from the husband and wife storytelling duo, The Storycrafters (Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns), you'll finally understand why a dried bean looks like it was sewn together. From a Brothers Gromm tale, here's "The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean". "Anansi Gets Common Sense" by Lyn Ford from When the Gourd Broke Common Sense Stories (5:20) Earlier we brought you a story about Coyote, the Trickster, and how he got his name. Cultures all over the world have trickster characters in their stories, and from West Africa comes Anansi, the Spider. Here's an Anansi story from the great storyteller Lyn Ford.