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Aug17

I was born modest, but it wore off!

On June 28th, I had the distinct pleasure of doing another Mark Twain meets Stephen Foster event! It was my third Twain/Foster event and they keep getting better. Larry Lytle played the part of Stephen Foster.  The audience of 150 people loved hearing...
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Jul08

4th of July Speech

7-8-2015           Last week, I delivered a patriotic Mark Twain speech at a public speaking event in Raleigh,N.C.  Mr.Twain was often asked to speak at 4th of July events and he loved doing them. There were children present, so I seized on...
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Jun12

How to start a speech

I recently gave a presentation on techniques for starting a speech.  Mark Twain was my teacher and I learned from the best. Mr.Twain was not shy about admitting that he borrowed from the other prominent speakers of the time. Artemus Ward was the best...
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Jul10

Grandfather’s Old Ram Performance in Raleigh

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Jun02

Speaking tour

This month I will be doing a series of Mark Twain storytelling events at the 6 Regional Libraries in Wake County.  I am looking forward to these speeches as a way of practicing some stories I have not tried in public before.  Mr.Twain’s favorite...
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May05

Congress

I believe Mark Twain would not be at all surprised by the quality of candidates available to run for Congress.  He covered  Congress as a newspaper reporter.  He needed a job and was very particular about the type of job he would accept.  If the position...
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Mar28

Mark Twain visits a Masonic Lodge

I did a “Mark Twain” speech this week at the James B.Green Masonic Lodge #735 A.F. & A.M. in Raleigh, N.C. The invitation to speak was offered by Master Mason Donald R. Steichen. I met Don a few months ago when he led the effort at starting...
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Jan31

The Dark Path

One of the causes that Mark Twain become involved with was the cause of the adult blind. His friendship with and admiration for Helen Keller inspired Twain to help raise money and awareness on the issue. In 1906, Miss Keller asked him to read a letter...
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Jan19

Mark Twain Comes to Life

Mark Twain Don McNeill is available to visit your group.
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