"You Can't Take It With You" (15 April 2021) (4 minute read)
You know that phrase, “You can't take it with you”? No matter how much money you have or don't have, there comes a time when it won't make any difference. . . . Read more . . .
"Monday Morning Blues" (22 March 2021) (4 minute read)
Monday morning. I sit down in front of my computer. Mondays are my day for creating new content: a blog post, a social media article, something useful to put on Instagram or on my website. I sit and stare at the screen. . . . Read more . . .
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way" (16 March 2021) (3 minute read)
What do Abraham Lincoln, Howard Hughes, Pablo Picasso, Michael Jackson, and Arethra Franklin all have in common? Read more . . .
"What Happens To Your Facebook Account When You Pass Away?" (8 March 2021) (3 minute read)
As you scroll through Facebook today, stop for a moment and think about this. What would happen if you were suddenly laid up in the hospital for an extended period of time — or worse, had died? What would happen to your Facebook account? Read more . . .
"Storytelling and writing in the time of the pandemic" (3 minute read)
2020 has been a challenging year for storytellers, especially those of you who, like me, depend on our art for our livelihood. Read more . . .
"End-of-Life Planning: Getting Your Affairs in Order Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive or Overwhelming" (6 minute read)
With the COVID-19 pandemic making us all more aware of death and dying, having an end-of-life plan in place is all the more important. Read more . . .
From the Furnace of Failure (6 minute read)
I want to share a story with you. But only read it if you if you know what it's like to feel a failure. If you know that feeling, you'll know where I'm coming from. Read more . . .
"To Zoom or Not to Zoom" (4 minute read)
As a practising storyteller, I've had to grapple with the question of whether or not to take my practice online now that live performances are out of the question for many venues. Read more . . .
Dandelion (5 minute read)
"She was a weed of a girl – tough, spindly and spiky. Yet there was something terribly fragile about her too – the downcast eyes, waif-like expression, and the alarming gauntness of her body. . . ." I didn't know back all those years ago that this young woman would teach me so much about story and storytelling. (Originally published in Diving in the Moon: Honoring Story, Facilitating Healing (Storynet.org, 2013)
The Book That Changed My Life (3 minute read)
It was 1972, I was 20 years old, had dropped out of University two years earlier, gone to the work in the mines in Northern Canada for a winter . . . Read more . . .
https://podtail.com/en/podcast/house-of-legends/episode-25-bonus-episode-the-two-warriors-with-mic/ (28:52). Interview with storyteller and House of Legends podcast host Daniel Allison. In this episode, Michael shares the story of the Two Warriors and its relevance to his experience in the Middle East.
I am a storyteller, author, speaker, and radio host. I learned the craft of oral storytelling in Scotland where I lived for 30 years. I'm a member of the Scottish Storytelling Directory and the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada as well as a member of the Burlington Storytellers Guild and the Hamilton Mountain Writers Guild. I'm a father of three and a grandfather of three and currently live in Hamilton, Ontario.