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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Episode 81: The Ranchland Gnomes

Hilda and Tumbles, ranchland gnomes, with their twins River and Kit, figure out how to frighten a rattlesnake in this western gnome story.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Episode 80: Stone Soup

Stone Soup written and retold by Marlene Wurfel for Tales from the Lilypad listeners in 2021. Soldiers travelling home after a war encounter villagers who are afraid of strangers and have forgotten how "to neighbour."

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Episode 79: Have You Seen This Frog

In this episode, Lily answers questions from listeners including the number 1 question: Are you really a frog? You can find older episodes here to stream or download. Kids can email letters and pictures to: talesfromthelilypad@gmail.com Or, message through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/talesfromthelilypad Music for this episode: Camping by Matti Paalanen

Friday, April 30, 2021

Episode 78: Three Fables for Spring and Summer

Happy Spring! Three of Aesop's fables rewritten and rearranged for young audiences by Marlene Wurfel for Tales from the Lilypad.  The Lark and Her Young Ones The Plane Tree and The Gnat and the Ox Original music by Reid Alexander Whelton

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Episode 77: The Royal Rabbit

A literary fairytale by Marlene Wurfel for Tales from the Lilypad. A remixing, rearrangment, retelling, re-mash of A.A. Milne's "The Rabbit Prince." The Royal Rabbit is about some-bunny with courage, intelligence, and determination: somebunny like you.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Episode 76: Return to the Crystal Castle

Another original story written by Marlene Wurfel especially for Tales from the Lilypad listeners everywhere. Return to the Crystal Castle with an ambitious princess for some adventure in the moonlight. Will Princess Dee succeed in a heroes quest?  Intro music by Reid Alexander Whelton FairyTale Waltz by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100232 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Episode 75: Chuckles and the Wolverine

An original story by Marlene Wurfel for Tales from the Lilypad. Chuckles the Snow Gnome performs a daring rescue in the snow-covered boreal forest. He saves a wolverine. But who will save chuckles? Intro music by Reid Alexander Whelton. Sound effects courtesy Creative Commons Universal Public Domain Licence and a Creative Commons Attribution Licence via freesound.org. Thank you Pedaling Prince.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Episode 73: The Rich Man and the Shoemaker

A short fable by LaFontaine performed and arranged by Marlene Wurfel with a special guest: Vancouver Island's Captain Thunderpants.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Episode 72: Stella Star Walker and her White Wolf Neon

This is 15 minutes of relaxation and visualization. Stella Starwalker and her wolf, Neon, stroll through the starscape. They drink from the Milky Way, they see Pleiades, Orion, and other constellations, rest by the Tree of Life, and eventually fall asleep as the sun rises. What do star wolves dream of? Star bunnies, of course.

Be well, Darlings. 

Music "Other World 7" by Almusic34 via www.freesound.org and a Creative Commons License



Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Episode 71: Teddy Bear Island Loving Kindness Meditation

Teddy Bear Island II: Waffles learns a Loving Kindness Meditation Technique from Tuffy the Griz Music courtesy of YouTube’s Audio Library: “Whispering Stream” by E’s Jammy Jams “Somnolent” by The Tides & AnaCaptainslogue by Noir et Blanc Vie Meditation technique inspired with gratitude by a Loving-Kindness meditation by Dr. Emma Seppala, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Episode 70: Teddy Bear Island

A sequel, of sorts, to the Velveteen Rabbit, in which the nursery magic fairy from Margery William's classic story is hard at work today. An original bedtime story modern fairytale by Marlene Wurfel.  Licences and Attributions: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1922) is part of the public domain   Music: Heartbreaking by Kevin MacLeod under a Creative Commons Attribution license via the YouTube Audio Library https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music?nv=1 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100787 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Fantasy Windchimes by Northern87 on freesound.org

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Episode 69: The Velveteen Rabbit with Annotation

This beautiful story written in 1922 by Margery Williams is almost 100 years old and about a time in history before there was antibiotic treatment for scarlet fever, a potentially fatal childhood disease. It's a story not only about survival, but resilience, change, love, and fairy magic. Read and annotated by Marlene Wurfel Licences and Attributions: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1922) is part of the public domain Music: Gymnopedie No.1 by Kevin MacLeod Meditation Impromptu No.2 by Kevin MacLeod and Heartbreaking by Kevin MacLeod under a Creative Commons Attribution license via the YouTube Audio Library https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music?nv=1 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100787 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Birdsong sample by juskiddink on freesound.org via a creative commons license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ & Fantasy Windchimes by Northern87 on freesound.org

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Episode 68: Lily Reads her Letters

Thank you listeners for all the letter love! In this episode Lily reads her letters from all over the world and shares her recipe for stories. Lyrics for the song Lily recommends to help kids learn to wash their hands properly: Urm urm went the little green frog one day Urm urm went the little green frog Urm urm went the little green frog one day And the frogs went urm urm eh But we know frogs go La de dah de dah La de da de da, La de da de da, We all know frogs go La de dah de dah They don't go urm urm eh

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Episode 67: Lily's Bright Green Mailbox

In this episode, inspired by the "Alone Together" message, one of many key messages by the UN to families fighting pandemic with self-isolation, Lily encourages listeners to think about how connected we all are and to write letters to her or someone else.