Kind Stories in Concert Dec 4th

  • Sun, Dec 4, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time


Kindness is having the ability to speak with love, 

listen with patience, and act with compassion.”

-Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Join the Healing Story Alliance for a special gathering to share and explore stories of kindness in its many faces and forms. Through folk tales and personal stories, we will dive deeply into multiple experiences of kindness. What is it? How does it impact us and our relationships to ourselves, to each other, to the world? Come and listen to “kind stories” shared by both professional tellers and community members and see what memories of kindness emerge for you. Featured tellers on December 4thare  Bobby Norfolk, Carol Birch, Simon Brooks with emcee Noa Baum.


Bobby Norfolk is an award-winning storyteller and author from St. Louis, Missouri. He has been performing throughout the United States and world-wide for over 40 years. Bobby used to be a National Park Ranger for 10 years at the Gateway Arch presenting living history programs. Today, he is an actor, comedian, author and teaching artist, and is well known for his high energy performances, lively animation, and sound effects. His prior CBS children’s TV show “Gator Tales” won 3 Emmy Awards! He also has 8 published storytelling CD’s, including many National Parent’s Choice Gold Award winners! As an author, he has written several books for children and adults. Bobby was also honored with the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award presented by The National Storytelling Network. Recently, faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis voted to honor Bobby Norfolk the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. He also gave the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony this past May. People describe him as an adventure story come to life!   

Carol Birch received the 1998 National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award given to storytellers recognized as master tellers by their peers, setting standards for excellence, and demonstrating a commitment and dedication to the art over a significant period of time. Thirty years of experience have earned her a respected place in the forefront of the revival of platform storytelling: teaching at Southern Connecticut State University; lecturing at forty-one universities across the nation, as well as professional and corporate organizations; producing nine audio-anthologies for the National Storytelling Association; directing seventeen audio-cassettes for independent storytellers as well as August House, Lightyear Entertainment, and Weston Woods Studios; writing THE WHOLE STORY HANDBOOK: USING IMAGERY TO COMPLETE THE STORY EXPERIENCE; co-editing WHO SAYS? ESSAYS ON PIVOTAL ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY STORYTELLING, the first book on the aesthetics of storytelling; serving as a chairperson of the Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award; and producing three award-winning audio-cassettes of her own stories

Dr. Joel Ying is a Physician-Educator-Storyteller who began his journey as a storytelling performer in 2015. He discovered a new way to connect and touch an audience. He says, “In this age of information, it is not the facts and figures that inspire, but rather it is the power of story to create emotion and move us into action.” He now performs regularly with an eclectic collection of world folk tales and touching personal stories. He has been featured at the Florida Storytelling Festival and at the Stone Soup Festival in South Carolina as a New Voice. He currently teaches “Storytelling as Healing” at Florida Gulf Coast University and in online workshops.


Noa Baum was born and raised in Jerusalem. Noa offers a unique approach to storytelling in communities and organizations. Since 1982, she has inspired and educated audiences of all ages with her performances, keynotes, and workshops. Noa lives in the U.S. since 1990 and tours internationally. She has presented in Turkey, Sweden, the UK and in Israel and at hundreds of venues in the US including: The World Bank, The Mayo Clinic, The Kennedy Center, The US Defense Department, US Securities and Exchange Commission, AARP, GWU Law School, Brandies and Stanford Universities.

Community Tellers

Carmen Scaffidi is a licensed Unity teacher since 2016. She is the Spiritual Leader of Unity Espanol. Carmen is originally from the Dominican Republic; she came to United States in 1984. She has been in Massachusetts since 1999. She has worked as a medical interpreter for 20 years. Carmen has three beautiful daughters, and a granddaughter! 

Cindy DeRuyter  is in charge of a local weekly soup kitchen in Hudson, MA where they give out an average of 70 meals along with donations of breads, desserts and seasonal clothing. Over the years, she has recruited many high school student volunteers which has had a huge effect on their understanding of need and service. In addition to the meals served, they have a rack along the sidewalk where she puts out 4-8 boxes of produce 4 times a week from excess at local grocery stores. With donations from stores and the food pantry that she volunteers at, she says they distribute groceries weekly to churches and pantries in 3 other towns and a refugee center.


Date & Time

Sun, Dec 4, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Healing Story Alliance

Healing Story Alliance is a not-for-profit, educational, arts organization which provides online resources and concert, workshop, and community programming in support of storytelling as a healing art. 

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