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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Part 2, Mrs. Valentine - The Three Soldiers and the Dwarf - Keeping the Public in Public Domain

This is the completion of Mrs. Valentine's "The Three Soldiers and the Dwarf", or as I learned it, "The Nose Tree", begun in the previous post here from last week's Veteran's Day.

Next week is Thanksgiving here in the United States -- NO, I don't call it "Turkey Day!"  Whatever you choose to eat, it's a day to celebrate the reasons you have to be Thankful.  For readers I've a great story for audience participation I will post on Thanksgiving Day and then, at my usual day for posting, I will include information about the author.  As a bit of a hint, some have called him the last Seanachie (there are many spellings of that Gaelic word for Storyteller).  He's not the last by any means, but he is a fine one.  Until next time:
This is part of a series of postings of stories under the category, "Keeping the Public in Public Domain."  The idea behind Public Domain was to preserve our cultural heritage after the authors and their immediate heirs were compensated.  I feel strongly current copyright law delays this intent on works of the 20th century.  My own library of folklore includes so many books within the Public Domain I decided to share stories from them.  I hope you enjoy discovering new stories. 

At the same time, my own involvement in storytelling regularly creates projects requiring research as part of my sharing stories with an audience.  Whenever that research needs to be shown here, the publishing of Public Domain stories will not occur that week.  This is a return to my normal monthly posting of a research project here.  Response has convinced me that "Keeping the Public in Public Domain" should continue along with my monthly postings as often as I can manage it.    

There are many online resources for Public Domain stories, none for folklore is as ambitious as fellow storyteller, Yoel Perez's database, Yashpeh, the International Folktales Collection.  I recommended it earlier and want to continue to do so.  Have fun discovering even more stories!

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