Dr. Richard Stull added to International Dialects of English Archive

Doc Stull’s rendition of “Comma Gets a Cure” was recently added to the General American International Dialects of English Archive.

The Archive was established by renown Speech Coach and Scholar Paul Meier in 1998 to provide dialect models for stage, film and international business and is the largest internet resource in the world of its kind.





Spoken Word Performance

Planet Humboldt – A Summit of Inspiration for Community and a Vital Earth, Saturday September 14 at Eureka’s Sequoia Center 10 am – 9:30 pm.

A roster of world experts and a group of local heroes will be featured at  Presenters at the Ideas Summit (10am-6pm) include international authorities on the naturalist-philosopher Alexander von Humboldt, experts on the solar power revolution, a national media correspondent, faith leaders, and environmental crusaders.

Five Humboldt County citizens-of-the-earth will be honored at the Fire of Life Awards Reception (7.30pm) for their lifetime of work for community and conservation in the spirit of Alexander von Humboldt’s legacy. Sponsored by Arcata’s Abundant Earth Foundation and local Rotary Clubs, the day-long event celebrates Von Humboldt’s 250th birthday.

Doc will be reading an original short story during the Awards Ceremony about his experience working on the “green chain” in the timber mills in the 1980s.  

A featured presenter at the Ideas Summit is Dr. Oliver Lubrich of Berlin. The foremost authority on Humboldt’s influence on literature (among many others, the German polymath inspired Thoreau and Muir), Lubrich and his co-editors are releasing a new German edition of the complete essays of Humboldt. The English edition will be published in a year or two.

Jim Mathys, an agricultural consultant from Chico, will be part of a panel titled “Community of Spirit.” He will share his experiences in how the land buoys the spirit. His family lost 5 homes in the Camp Fire in Paradise. As a manager of a community faith-based farm project in the Chico area serving at risk folks, he has seen the deep spiritual benefits that come to people from simply working the earth. Chico has helped to house 20,000 Camp Fire survivors.

The Fire of Life Awards Reception will honor five local icons of the Humboldt spirit. David Simpson and Jane Lapiner have been at the forefront of habitat preservation and activism since their days as original members of The San Francisco Mime Troupe. On the ground floor of everything from salmon restoration,  to sustainable forestry and climate change, David and Jane epitomize the spirit of “back-to-the-land.” Others include forest and watershed advocate Richard Geinger, researcher and ecologist Michael Furniss, and HSU professor and globe trotting Humboldt booster Dr. Lilianet Brintrup.

The Planet Humboldt event features a free Resiliency Fair for tools and strategies for sustainability, the Ideas Fest, also free, and the Fire of Life Awards Reception ($35), a benefit for local Fire Safe Councils and the Redwood Rotary Disaster Relief Fund. There will be entertainment and food all day. Visit planethumboldt.org for Event Guide, tickets to the Reception, and stunning videos of the people and places of Planet Humboldt. Contact Event Coordinator Andy Barnett at 223 1626. Volunteers welcome!

Planet Humboldt will honor David Simpson and Jane Lapiner at the Fire of Life Awards Reception. Tickets and info at planethumboldt.com



Spoken Word Performance – “The Work Show” Stories and songs about working life!

The Work Show, Friday, Sept. 13 in beautiful Victorian Ferndale at 7:00 pm


Tickets at Wildberries, Brown Paper Tickets, Chapman Books and Mind’s Eye Coffee in Ferndale and at the door. $12.  We’re the only fully local show at the Old Steeple this fall…check out their fabulous line-up:


 The show sold out twice in February at the Arcata Playhouse. Lots of laughs, good music, a bit of seriousness…a good time.  We have the seven-member Gila Monster Band performing work songs, from “We Can Work It Out” to “Take This Job and Shove It.”

Five storytellers: Paul Bressoud, Michael Crowley, Jeff DeMark, Doc Stull, Marvin Samuels, and Janine Volkmar along with the infamous “sit down comic”  Charlie Gilbert.  Diana Heberger, a vital part of shows for years, has passed away so this show is dedicated to her.

The Gila Monsters are musical director Rick Levin, Jean Browning, Ron Sharp, Paul and Jeff DeMark, Pat Comella and Halimah Collingwood.   Come on down to the beautiful Old Steeple.

Doc will be reading two of his classic coming-of-age work stories:   The first, Guilt, was a mortifying experience as a rookie ice cream scooper at the age of 16.   The second story, Knife Man, was about his improbable experiences in San Diego selling knives door to door in San Diego in the 1970s