Showing posts with label story. Show all posts
Showing posts with label story. Show all posts

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Senior Story Hour: Episode 046 - Fall Stories & More (audio)

In this episode, the Franklin Senior Center Writers Group share stories, poems, writings plays and more about the autumn season, cars, violence in schools and more.

This episode aired on Franklin Public Radio for October 2022.

Audio file ->

The writer's group meets weekly on Wednesday's at 1 PM either in person at the Senior Center or virtually via Zoom. Once a month we meet at the Franklin TV studio to record this session for radio and podcast.

If you would like to join the writer's group contact the Senior Center or send me an email (shersteve @ and we'll get you on the mailing list.

Senior Story Hour: Episode 042
Senior Story Hour: Episode

Monday, September 19, 2022

Senior Story Hour - WFPR: Episode 045 - Work & Post Summer Stories (audio)

In this episode, The Franklin Senior Center Writers Group share stories, poems, writings plays and more about work & labor, end of summer stories, "The Hokey Pokey" in the style of Shakespeare and more.

This episode aired on Franklin Radio for September 2022.

Senior Story Hour - WFPR = The Franklin Senior Center Writer's Group
Steve Sherlock hosts The Franklin Senior Center Writer's Group for a monthly reading of short stories, essays, poetry and more. 

Saturday, January 8, 2022

#LoveFranklin - Open Mic Night at THE BLACK BOX - 12/08/21 (audio)

FM #689 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 689 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the #LoveFranklin Open Mic Night held on Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021 at THE BLACK BOX.  

The evening master of ceremony duties were shared by MacKenzie Atwood and Jamele Adams.

The original raw recording runs an hour and 36 minutes. You’ll be listening to the edited version which is shortened by about 12 minutes. 

Key reasons for shortening the recording (1) to spare your ears the jarring sound of cleaning the microphone between performers. (2) A couple of the audience participation exercises were shortened. (How much indistinct audience/crowd noise can you listen to?). 

One percussion performance added at the last minute during the evening was also shortened. The percussion exercise was good to be in while it happened but would have been headache inducing to listen to. So we spared you that. No other performance was shortened or edited in any way.

Let’s listen to the Love Franklin Open Mic Night of Dec 8, 2021.


The lineup for the "Love Franklin" Open Mic Night at THE BLACK BOX

1. Jamele Adams - poem

2. Mia Magliari - All I Ask by Adele

3. Audrey Olmstead - She by Dodie

4. Hope Guanga - If I knew by Bruno Mars

5. Mackenzie Atwood - Back In (self written poem)

6. Joe Maple and Audrey Olmstead - Can't Help Falling in Love with you

7. Meghan Whitmore - Her Personal Story

8. Andrew Mitchell - Crisis by Joshua Bassett

9. Maria Zaki - Complainers by Rudy Francisco

10. Steve Sherlock - Poem: Variations on the theme of "A dark and stormy night"

11. Hope Guanga - Crocodile Rock by Elton John

12. Judi Perez - percussion exercise

Jamele closes with a recap of some of the audience inspirations

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!


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for the 'selfie exercise' with Meghan Whitmore
for the 'selfie exercise' with Meghan Whitmore

Pantherbook article on this event ->
Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021

Monday, December 13, 2021

Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021


"From the cast of Franklin High School’s Mamma Mia! to a Dean College faculty member, Franklin community members from all backgrounds were able to express themselves on stage on December 8th, 2021. Mackenzie Atwood, FHS senior, had the emcee position for the first half of the night and, expectedly, provided a very entertaining experience for the audience members. She kept the audience constantly engaged through small anecdotes about the participants and subtle quips. (Notable audience members included Steve Sherlock and Dr. Sara Ahern). Atwood started the night off by highlighting her recent experience at the October school committee meeting and emphasized the importance of “speaking up for people who can’t speak up for themselves.” She later conveyed her experiences as an openly gay student through an original poem– a beautiful one, might I add. Participants in the latter portion of the night were introduced by Jamele Adams, the leader of the Franklin Freedom Team. "

"An Accepting Community – Meghan Whitmore

For those of you who don’t know, Meghan Whitmore is a transgender woman who delivered a heartfelt speech on Open Mic Night about her experience transitioning and the reception she received afterward. Her moving words illustrated the importance of inclusivity, and Whitmore even stressed how touching it was to have people accept her as a woman."


"Love One Another, Stand for Change – Jamele Adams

Needing no introduction due to his large impact on Franklin, Jamele Adams immediately captivated his listeners when he began to recite his poem. Although he was a participant in the event, Adams also played a significant role in organizing Open Mic Night, so when I broached the idea of making it an annual show, he enthusiastically replied, “More than once a year, hopefully, this could happen once a week!“, elaborating on the fact that “the Open Mic affected everyone in this space […] Folks shared that they were absolutely moved and then at the end when people were asked to write about how they were inspired, they shared how they were inspired […] People were moved in the space. People shared their narrative because they trusted in the space, and the energy was powerful and welcoming, and warm, supportive, and filled with advocacy for love. “
Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021

Friday, March 20, 2020

Audible: While school is on pause, kids listen free.

"As all of us around the world confront this difficult new period, we recognize the importance—and the challenge—of staying relaxed and entertained, especially for kids at home who are missing the stimulation of the classroom. From the beginning, Audible has served as an antidote to loneliness and even isolation, as a way to hear words that inspire and transport and for many – words that teach and entertain in deeply intimate ways. 
With all of us experiencing varying degrees of social distancing and school closures, we have created something that we hope makes our customers' lives a little easier. At, you will find hundreds of our titles available completely free. The collection has been handpicked by our editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. 
These stories offer a screen-free option that we hope may help break up the day for families with students home from school. 
There are selections for our listeners in English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian. 
To access the free titles, just visit from any web browser. 
The experience is completely free – no log-ins, credit cards, or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen. 
We wish you and your loved ones good health, and we hope that listening to a good story will offer some respite during these unsettling times.

All of us at Audible

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

St John's Pumpkin Patch - Oct 18 to 31

The St John's Pumpkin Patch will open this Friday, October 18 and will be open every day through Halloween from 11:30 AM - 7:30 PM.

Where is the Pumpkin Patch? 237 Pleasant St, Franklin

Guess how many candy corn are in the jar at the checkout desk, and win a Halloween basket, provided by Girl Scout Troop 82533.

Storytime at the Patch: Brian Poirier, the leader of Cub Scout Pack 126 will read a variety of Halloween stories from Noon-1 PM this Friday and Saturday.

Thanks to our scouting friends for adding extra fun and sweetness to our patch.

Trunk-or-Treat at the Patch: This Saturday from 5-7 PM wear your costume and join us for chili and trunk-or-treating.


The Rev. Kathy McAdams, Rector
St. John's Episcopal Church, Franklin, MA
I'm off on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but call my cell in an emergency cell) 857-237-9428

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
- Horace Mann, native of Franklin, MA

St John's Pumpkin Patch - Oct 18 to 31
St John's Pumpkin Patch - Oct 18 to 31

Thursday, August 1, 2019

George Monbiot at TED: "The new political story that could change everything"

"To get out of the mess we're in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation. This contagiously optimistic talk will make you rethink the possibilities for our shared future."

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Franklin Public Library: Songs and Stories of American Preschools - June 6

Songs and Stories of American Preschools - Wednesday, June 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the Franklin Public Library. Email to register

Franklin Public Library: Songs and Stories of American Preschools - June 6
Franklin Public Library: Songs and Stories of American Preschools - June 6

This was shared from the Franklin Library page

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Franklin Public Library: Whalemobile and Storytime Fiesta

Two programs are scheduled for the Franklin Library today. Whalemobile at 10:30 AM and Storytime Fiesta at 1:00 PM

Franklin Public Library: Whalemobile
Franklin Public Library: Whalemobile

Franklin Public Library: Storytime Fiesta
Franklin Public Library: Storytime Fiesta
This was shared from the Franklin Library page

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Franklin Library: Chanukah Story Time - Dec 28 - 10:30 AM

Come to the Franklin Public Library for a "Chanukah Story Time" on Wednesday morning, Dec 28 at 10:30 AM.

"Come join us for a fun filled hour featuring "If the candles could speak" by Dassie Pruss. We will hear some Chanukah stories, sing some songs, as well as make a Chanukah craft. We will also provide a snack and juice."

Franklin Library: Chanukah Story Time - Dec 28 - 10:30 AM
Franklin Library: Chanukah Story Time - Dec 28 - 10:30 AM
This was shared from the Franklin Library page

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Save the Date: The Great Thanksgiving Listen 2016

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    Last year, we made history with The Great Thanksgiving Listen. More than 100,000 Americans took part in our drive to preserve the stories and voices of an entire generation over the Thanksgiving weekend.

    Working with teachers and students, we preserved tens of thousands of intergenerational stories in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress using the free StoryCorps app. Hear from StoryCorps Founder and President Dave Isay in this 2016 TED Talk about #TheGreatListen pilot year and some of the incredible stories it generated. 

    This November, download the app, invite a family member or elder to sit with, and join us in preserving more precious wisdom than ever before.
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    Read with Wally at the Library - Monday, 10:30 AM

    Wally the Green Monster will be at the Franklin Public Library (25 Kenwood Circle) on Monday, June 27th at 10:30 Am to lead a reading session.

    Wally will bring one of his favorite books and act out the story. Kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite storybook character.

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    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    The Model 3 - "the power of a trusted brand"

    A good story on "the power of a trusted brand"

    Shady stories of a small business owner in the Boston area

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    'Shady' stories in the life of a Brazilian small business owner
    April - 2016

    Roger Magalhaes
    Shades IN Place Inc.
    Owner & Blind Installer

    I love my Toyota Prius but.....something just happened and I will have to let it go. Find out what by reading my monthly news below. Just a hint: fasten your seat-belts

    The Model 3

    I like cars... but I am not one of those guys that knows how many horsepower  The 1966 Ford Mustang GTS has under the hood if you know what I mean. I am more of the great design, reliability and money vs benefit kind of guy.

    So when Tesla Motors announced last month the release of their affordable version of a electric car - the Model 3, I had to get one.

    I have been a long time super fan of Tesla Motors and its impressive cutting edge technology and exquisite designs. So on March 31st off I went to a Tesla showroom and planked down US$1,000 to reserve my own Tesla Model 3.

    But let me make it clear (in case you are not aware) : the Model 3 not even exists yet. That's right: Tesla is going to start production of that model soon and the first units are expected to be delivered around Fall of 2017. Call me crazy? Perhaps, but that's the power of a trusted brand and I for one am very happy waiting for my new car.

    Like cars, window treatments - read shades, blinds and shutters are manufactured by hundreds of brands  all over the globe and thanks to the internet you can pretty much buy any brand, any style from any place as quick as you can say "Tesla Model 3 - can't wait to get mine."

    But here's my question to you: who would help you navigate through the sea of options and even service your shades if you ever need assistance? Yeah...good luck with that.

    That's the reason why I - via Shades IN Place only offer four brands : Lutron, Hunter Douglas, Alta Window Fashions and Norman Shutters.

    After a decade in business these companies has proven to be on the leading edge of the industry always developing new products, innovative styles and supporting my current clients if services are ever needed.

    Spring is here and it is the time of the year for remodeling your home or creating that so wanted addition on the back of the house.

    I would be very honored to discuss your project and offer and expertise if you ever need.

    To schedule a test drive, I mean, a home consultation please click here or just call or text me via 508-904-2108

    If I don't answer pronto, I may be driving on the highway, but I will get back to you shortly.


    But Before I Go.....

    Check it our my YouTube channel with some cool videos of recent jobs featuring some of our automated window treatment options

    Good bye vertical blinds.....
    Good bye vertical blinds.....
    What I do...

    People don't shop for window coverings often. In fact many haven't 
    bought new shades in 15 - 20 years!

    My job is to introduce you to the many wonderful features & benefits 
    that automated shades have to offer.

    As a result you will be able to control privacy, home security (protection) and prevent sun fading via smartphones and tablets whether you are home or away.
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