Archive for the ‘Mortimus’ Thoughts on Sundry Matters’ category

Everyone Loves a Good Story

April 19, 2007


It never fails, whenever I begin a story, people listen.

I’ve done a lot of public speaking — large groups, small groups, children, teens, adults, the elderly, different ethic groups, people with beliefs different than mine — it doesn’t matter, people love a story.

Whenever I feel like I’m losing an audience, or when the audience is so diverse I know it is nearly impossible to communicate with them all, I turn to a story and I’ve got ’em.

What is it about stories that makes them so attractive to people? On the other side of the coin, what does the love of stories tell us about human nature?

Over the next few days I’ll be blogging on this subject. Come on back and let’s talk about it.



Mortimus knocks ’em dead at The King’s School

March 14, 2007

The Troth

Hey, gang! Thanks for a great time! Remember, don’t be a chicken! I’ll be meeting with your teachers on March 20th to talk about using THE PURLOINED BOY in class. Let ’em know you want to read it in your class!

The Mansfield Middle School joins THE PURLOINED BOY Phenomenon!

March 12, 2007

The Troth
Mansfield Middle School in Mansfield, Connecticut, will begin reading THE PURLOINED BOY in April! Welcome to the revolution gang!

THE PURLOINED BOY goes to Veritas Academy on Cape Cod!

March 11, 2007

The Troth
THE PURLOINED BOY will be read by the 7th grade at Veritas Academy in Barnstable.


On Monsters Getting Along with Monsters

March 9, 2007

The Troth
Since evil is by nature (or should I say anti-nature) anti-social, how can monsters get along?

Monsters, I think, are loners. They’re not happy about it and for that reason they’re all the more monstrous. But in Superbia they’re working together. True, they’re doing it with a lot of rancor and nastiness (reminds me of some large companies I’ve worked for) but they’re doing it!

But how are they doing it?

Hey Cornerstone gang — or anybody else — do you have any thoughts on monsters? Cornerstone, you’ve met a few in THE PURLOINED BOY already. Do you like any of them? Can you like a monster?


Nathan Hale Middle School in Coventry — March 29th

March 8, 2007

The Troth

I’ll be at The Nathan Hale Middle School in Coventryto meet with teachers to discuss the book and talk about how the book could be used with students.

That got me thinking that perhaps teachers would like to share how they’re using the book in class with teachers from other schools. (Seven schools are signed up so far!) To the right there is a link to a page dedicated to just that. If you’re a teacher please click on it and share your ideas!


Morty visits The King’s School — March 14th

March 6, 2007

The Troth
I’ll be at The King’s School speaking to the student body in the morning and to teachers in the afternoon. It is yet to be determined whether the entire school will read THE PURLOINED BOY or only certain classes. The school houses the 5th thru the 12th grade. If you’d like to come and hear me I’ll be speaking at 8:30 a.m.! (Yikes!)