Chiri Bim

Where did the tune “Chiri Bim” Come from? The village of Chelm, of course! This video was recorded live at the National Yiddish Book Center in front of a multi-generational audience. For more than 20 years, Mark Binder’s original tales of Chelm have been touching readers and listeners around the world.  Mark’s Chelm stories have been printed in nearly

As easy as falling off a cliff… (An American Storyteller on Tour in Europe – part 1 of 3)

Part One — Looking My wife, Heather, gave me an ultimatum: either get my shit together and book the world tour I’d been talking about for years, or shut up. I’m a storyteller. We don’t do shut up very well. When you’re young, leaping before looking is easy. You’ve never done anything before, so it’s

As easy as falling off a cliff… (An American Storyteller on Tour in Europe – part 2 of 3)

Part Two – Leaping I wasn’t even through airport security when I began telling my first story. Heather had dropped me at Logan, gave me a kiss, and sped off. I had booked my travel and lodging and bought a brand new Google phone with directions and contacts and addresses. Suddenly there was Devi Lockwood,

As easy as falling off a cliff… (An American Storyteller on Tour in Europe – part 3 of 3)

Part Three – Crashing and Landing When you come off the plane and they have a sign with your name on it, you know you’ve made it. Storyteller Aideen McBride had a bright smile as well. She’d invited me to perform for the Dublin Yarnspinners, but we had got to spend some time wandering about

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