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whitmancardMarch is known to come in like a lion and out like a lamb, and the Ides of March are blowing in several big changes for Fox Tales International. The month started with a whirlwind tour of local schools and California programs. I have launched a new series of historical encounters available as e-books, audio and video podcasts, History…In Person! And I end the month with programs in Tennessee and Nebraska, Peoria and Chicago. Grab an umbrella and catch the next gust of wind:



As one year closes and we turn towards the next, I am feeling grateful for the folks who support storytelling and literacy, I am also looking forward to a full year of sharing my passion for history and science, classic literature and community building. As many readers of this semi-regular newsletter know, storytelling is an empowering tool for literacy and creating community. In an effort to give back to our new community in Bishop Hill, and support local businesses, my wife and I are hosting a storytelling and music series, a writers' retreat, book fair and yoga retreat. Please like the Twinflower Inn on Facebook to keep up with our upcoming endeavors.Fox as Santa 001

  • The Solstice between Thanksgiving and Christmas

  • A Mid-Winter Writers Retreat

  • A New Publishing Effort

  • Local Schools Discount

  • Upcoming Programs



darwin2It's February! A month of strange days; with Groundhog's Day, President's Day, Valentine's Day and Darwin Day there are plenty of opportunities to curl up with warm friends and celebrate stories in this dark and chilly season.


A New Year – A New Story

audubonSO, what new adventures do you have planned for 2013? What goals are at the top of your list? I feel truly blessed to have the opportunities to share in the gift of story with so many wonderful folks, both listeners and tellers. I start the year with an affirmation of eternal gratitude. This year will bring ever widening tours, including Darwin Day in Denver, a possible summer trip to the Northwest and autumn tours to Bayou country. There are two new books in the works, a collection of fables and a biography of Audubon. www.HistoricIllinois.com is expanding into surrounding states and we are formally launching www.johnjaudubon.com. But the biggest news is that my wife and I have purchased a Bed and Breakfast in Bishop Hill, Illinois, www.twinflowerinn.com.