New Storytelling CD

Posted by on 11 Nov 2014 | Tagged as: blog

New Storytelling CD is now available!

A Friend on Sing Snap sang
“When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” with a Davew.
It reminded me of the following:
In 2006, I did an audio cassette of “Fanny Stories”, true experiences of my mother’s mother, Fanny Crawford Gifford.
Just recently I did a story telling cd and included two of her stories.
In one of them, she tells about the death of her little sister Laura Ann when Fanny was eight and of a 4 yr old brother, Joseph, who died at age four, when Fanny was 12. Fanny had learned to play the organ and often played “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder” at Joseph’s request as it was his favorite song. He’d sing along when he was feeling well enough to. Fanny prayed that he’d be healed if possible and felt a warm comforting feeling that all would be well. when Joseph died the next morning, she knew that all was well.

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder is an 1893 hymn with words and music by James Milton Black. The song was inspired by the idea of The Book of Life mentioned in the Bible, and by the absence of a child in Black’s Sunday school class when the attendance was taken. The idea of someone’s being not in attendance in heaven haunted Black, and after visiting the child’s home and calling on a doctor to attend her for pneumonia, he went home and wrote the song after not finding one on a similar topic in his hymn collection. The song’s lyrics were first published in a collection titled Songs of the Soul and the song has since been translated into at least 14 languages and sung all over the world in a variety of Christian denominations.

In 1945, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill created a stir in the British press when he quoted the hymn in response to a question about when the Big Three were going to meet; stated the Winnipeg Free Press: “Mr. Churchill, in one of his somewhat puckish moods, replied that he did not know, but, he added irreverently, ‘When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.'”

Listen to my recording and read the whole story:

The story as told by Fanny is in the description.

On the cd are Fanny’s stories, Jacob Hamblin and Brigham Young as I tell their stories in St. George Live,  Denzil Hall, and other story tellers I have known,  my take and Abraham Lincoln’s take on storytelling,  and I’m adding “The Ugliest Man In Washington County, Utah” to future editions.

The ten original cds are gone and the new ones will be ready in days.

Order your copy now.

Write ” ”  in subject “Storytelling cd”

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$20 USA plus $3 S&H



Who’s the ugliest guy in your County?

Posted by on 24 Feb 2013 | Tagged as: blog

I published a video blog “The Ugliest Man in Washington County, Utah.”

Check it out:

Published on Jan 30, 2013


I want to thank The Country Magazine and the author (Harold Callahan) of “The Ugliest Man in Leslie County Kentucky for the inspiration for my tale of “The Ugliest man in Washington County Utah”. The article appeared in the 1993 March/April edition. Mr. Callahan’s story is short but very funny. You need to find it and read it. There are similarities in my story but as you will discover its much different. And the guy in Leslie County may be uglier.


I’ve found some other ugly story ideas.  A fun one you can try is the Ugliest Man Skit that the Boy Scouts do.   Here it is:

 Scout kit found 

Ugliest Man Skit


Sales Person: Step right up, Step right up and see the ugliest man on the planet for a fee of just 25 cents!

Scout 1: i can take this.( first scout walsks up, peeks under nekerchief, and faints.)

(keep doing this until you get to the last scout.)

Last Scout: i bet he’s not that ugly,” walks up, takes neckerchief of of ugly man, and then the ugly man faints making the last customer the ugliest man.


Neckerchief, Chair, 5-6 People


1 salesperson, 1 person to be ugly man, 3-4 customer’s, put neckerchief over ugly man’s head


Have fun.

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