Donna, Author at DLW Story Teller

Storytelling As A Business – Let’s Focus On What’s Next

Almost 100% of my family’s income is derived from live performance. A small percentage comes from my published work, and a small percentage comes in through my husband working PRN as a social worker twice a month. The rest of it? Live Performance. Within days of the Stay At...

Normal Doesn’t Mean Anything – Let’s Focus On Moving Forward

  The Past Time! Normal – adjective 1. conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. “it’s quite normal for puppies to bolt their food”         Next – adverb adverb: next 1. on the first or soonest occasion after the present; immediately afterward.     I know that many people are...

Making Sense of Time in Quarantine – Some Suggestions

Back when I was touring…you know, a month ago…I had this odd thing that happened regularly. Most of the time, I was on the go. I had shows in the morning, afternoon, evening or all three, and they could be anywhere in the country. The odd thing that would...

Adjusting To Life As An Artist During A Pandemic

Three weeks ago I was exhausted. I was on a twelve-week touring jag with a single week off in the middle of it. I was planning to be in Georgia, Florida, out in the Caribbean on a cruise ship, in Colorado, Chicago, and who knows where else. There were...

Day 11 – Jan Ernst Matzeliger – Mechanical Engineer/Sole Man

Jan Ernst Matzeliger             1852 – 1889       Who Was He?           Jan Ernst Matzeliger was born in 1852 on a coffee plantation in Dutch Guiana. His father owned the land and his mother was enslaved. At the...

Dr. Inez Beverly Prosser and Brown V The Board Of Education

Dr. Inez Beverly Prosser           Dr. Inez Beverly Prosser 1897? – 1934 Who Was She?               Inez was born in Yoakum, TX in 1897. Her parents, Samuel and Veola had ten other children. He worked as an elevator operator, and...

William Henry Cling – Did He Invent The Hospital Bed Before Gatch?

William Henry Cling – 1866 – 1937     Now, before I start this, I want to be clear about something…I did not come here to throw shade. I came to talk about a barber. William Henry Cling was born in Charleston, SC right after the Civil War ended....

Sarah Goode – A Practical Bed For Small Spaces

  source   Sarah Elisabeth Jacobs Goode – 1855 – 1905   What We Know For Sure Sarah was born in 1855 in Toledo, Ohio. After the Civil War ended, her parents moved her and her six siblings to Chicago, Il. There, she met and married a fellow named...

Frederick McKinley Jones – The coolest Man in History

Frederick McKinley Jones     Frederick McKinley Jones – 1893 – 1961       A Rough Road     Right out of the shoot there is some disagreement about where Frederick was born. Most sources say it was Cincinnati, Ohio, but I found another that suggested it might have...

Ernst E. Just – Biologist, Zoologist, Cell Man

Source Born 1883 – Died 1941 A Difficult Start Ernest E. Just was born in South Carolina. His early life was fraught with difficulties. When he was four years old, both his father and grandfather died, leaving his mother to raise him and his two siblings alone. His mother,...