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Friday, February 12, 2021

Wahlenberg - The Green Coat, Part 2- Keeping the Public in Public Domain

from the British "humour site with seven reasons for just about everything"

Last week set up the second half of the story of "The Green Coat."  At the same time I set myself up for coping with the freezing cold weather by talking about the Scandinavian maxim of "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing."

How did I do?

Better than the frozen chicken at the top of this blog, but far from 100%.  I found myself willing to walk my cold-loving dog IF there was no wind and it was nearly 18, 19, 20 degrees.  For his part, he was either in with his "pack" or contentedly out for hours at a time, but always eager for a hike.

Two pictures came my way this week showing the contrast in how I tend to feel and how my "malamutt" views the current frigid times.

(My cousin as a "snow beast")


I may not share the Scandinavian attitude toward accepting the weather, but am in between these extremes.  (I'm also relieved to hear the desert Southwest is starting to see signs of spring coming!)  This weekend brings both the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, which I hope is more tranquil than what followed it last year.  At the same time it's Valentine's Day.  The Swedish story certainly isn't related to Chinese New Year, but it does end in a way fitting for Valentine's Day and even next month's focus on Women.

So put on your coziest clothes and cuddle up to read the rest of "The Green Coat."

It's only been a little over a century that women in the United States began to wear "men's clothing" and even today there are places around the world where it's not accepted.  The thought of skirts in this weather occurs in some of my historical storytelling, but in real life my attitude is a bit more futuristic.

Those memes on imgflip  were all by TrainWreck2, who also posted this which seems to fit the idea of storytelling or much else outside right now.

Stay warm, stay well, oh heck, stay indoors and read!


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 regular posting of a research project here.  (Don't worry, this isn't dry research, my research is always geared towards future storytelling to an audience.)  Response has convinced me that "Keeping the Public in Public Domain" should continue along with my other postings as often as I can manage it.
Other Public Domain story resources I recommend-
  • There are many online resources for Public Domain stories, maybe none for folklore is as ambitious as fellow storyteller, Yoel Perez's database, Yashpeh, the International Folktales Collection.  I have long recommended it and continue to do so.  He has loaded Stith Thompson's Motif Index into his server as a database so you can search the whole 6 volumes for whatever word or expression you like by pressing one key.
  • You may have noticed I'm no longer certain Dr. Perez has the largest database, although his offering the Motif Index certainly qualifies for those of us seeking specific types of stories.  There's another site, FairyTalez claiming to be the largest, with "over 2000 fairy tales, folktales, and fables" and they are "fully optimized for phones, tablets, and PCs", free and presented without ads.

    Between those two sites, there is much for story-lovers, but as they say in infomercials, "Wait, there's more!"
The email list for storytellers, Storytell, discussed Online Story Sources and came up with these additional suggestions:            
         - David K. Brown -
         - Richard Martin -
         - Spirit of Trees -
         - Story-Lovers - is now only accessible through the Wayback Machine, described below, but the late Jackie Baldwin's wonderful site lives on there, fully searchable manually (the Google search doesn't work), at .  It's not easy, but go to snapshot for October 22 2016  and you can click on SOS: Searching Out Stories to scroll down through the many story topics and click on the story topic that interests you.
       - World of Tales - 
           - Zalka Csenge Virag - doesn't give the actual stories, but her recommendations, working her way through each country on a continent, give excellent ideas for finding new books and stories to love and tell.
You're going to find many of the links on these sites have gone down, BUT go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to find some of these old links.  Tim's site, for example, is so huge probably updating it would be a full-time job.  In the case of Story-Lovers, it's great that Jackie Baldwin set it up to stay online as long as it did after she could no longer maintain it.  Possibly searches maintained it.  Unfortunately Storytell list member, Papa Joe is on both Tim Sheppard's site and Story-Lovers, but he no longer maintains his old Papa Joe's Traveling Storytelling Show website and his Library (something you want to see!) is now only on the Wayback Machine.  It took some patience working back through claims of snapshots but finally in December of 2006 it appears!
    Somebody as of this writing whose stories can still be found by his website is the late Chuck Larkin -  I prefer to list these sites by their complete address so they can be found by the Wayback Machine, a.k.a., when that becomes the only way to find them.
You can see why I recommend these to you. Have fun discovering even more stories!

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