QUOTES and GLOATS
"I was absolutely spellbound
by the story and the performance!
It was a brilliant piece of work, brilliantly executed.
And...her hair and makeup were perfect."
-Dennis Pataniczek, Dean of School of Education and technology, Emeritus, Salisbury University
"Beth is a storyteller and a teacher
with a blended background of theater, education, counseling and over 25 years of continuous sobriety. The result? A smart, witty, tender speaker who understands the deep knots of humanity and shows us how to untangle through the power of stories."
- Kim Weitkamp - Author, Speaker, Storyteller
"Beth Ohlsson combines the ancient wisdom of folktales with cutting edge knowledge of addictions treatment.
The result is insightful and healing."
- Elizabeth Ellis, storyteller, NSN Circle of Excellence, Dallas Texas
"Beth Ohlsson’s collection of recorded stories,
Distilling Hope, is as courageous as it is entertaining. And yes, it is entertaining. (Like, I-missed-my-exit-outside-of-Chattanooga entertaining.) Using traditional tales from a variety of cultures, and personal stories of family, Beth brings examples of caution and hope with vulnerability, heart and just a little bit of a sweet smirk."
- Andy Offut Irwin - Storyteller
"Beth weaves strands of beauty, joy, whimsy, pathos, mystery, enchantment, and truth. The finished fabric of her stories lives long in memory."
- Barbara Woodey, TaleSpinner, Baltimore, MD
“Distilling Hope is an incredible contribution to the field of substance abuse recovery and a charming learning tool for all in the human services/education field,
this book is a powerful, delightful, and insightful resource.
Plus, it is the next best thing to having a bedtime story read to you by a smart & caring therapist.”
- Eileen P. Gilheany, MSW, Social Work Department, Salisbury University
"Beth's One Woman Show,
"Lady Doctor: A Visit with Elizabeth Blackwell,"
was a great example of how humanities --
history, narrative, theater, for example --
can be a powerful tool for education and empowerment. "
Yujia Song, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Philosophy Department, Salisbury University