Griddlesode S15-002: The Comet of the Century

Some stories happen in the matter of seconds. Others take a lifetime. Here’s personal story that’s almost 50 years in the making–Ron’s quest to photograph a comet.


The Comet of the Century


The music on this Griddlesode was licensed from

In order of appearance are:

  1. We Got Tonight by Tiger Run
  2. Lifeline by Justin Morgan
  3. Make it Happen by Talkbox

If you’ve already listened to the show and would like to see Ron’s photographs, here are a few links:

  1. Ron’s 1997 photo of Comet Hale-Bopp
  2. The Prince of Peace Cemetery (2020)
  3. Ron’s 2020 Photo of Comet NEOWISE

Lastly, if you’d like to learn how to tell your own stories, please visit

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Griddlesode S15-001: The Buntling Ball Prize

Sometimes I stumble onto one story while researching another. An advertisement caught my eye a few years ago while I was reading an article in an 1870s magazine. I filed it away, forgot about it, then came across it again a couple of months ago. Subsequent research led me to buy two first-edition books. The first is an 1884 novel about the country’s burgeoning economy. The second, published the following year in 1885, is a satirical play about New York City’s Bourgeoisie. The first was a bestseller. The second was not only a flop, but a nineteenth century public relations disaster. Today we’re going back 135 years to tell the story of these two books. It’s a story that I call, The Buntling Ball Prize.

The Buntling Ball Prize

The music on this Griddlesode was licensed from

In order of appearance are:

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Griddlesode S14-001: Who Knew Storytelling Could be so Dangerous?

In 2008, on Griddlesode S4-001, I told the story of my unfortunate road to surgery after breaking my finger playing basketball. I called that story, Paperclip Pinky.

Eleven years later, I have another injury story for you, but rather than hurting it while playing sports, I suffered it while…storytelling. How did I do that, you ask? Well, sit back and listen to a story that I call, “Who Knew Storytelling could be so dangerous?”

The Music in this Griddlesode came from the Kevin MacLeod of In order of appearance art:

  • Loopster
  • Ossuary 6
  • Exotic Battle

I just want to thank all my longtime listeners. You are the reason that I keep producing this podcast…albeit infrequently. If you need a dose of me, though, checkout my work at, where I teach the techniques that I use to tell stories. I’ve also published a new book called The Proverb Effect. And yes, it too is written as a story.

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Griddlesode S10-001: Memories

In this Griddlesode, Ron’s father shares his memories about growing up in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

During the interview, he speaks of Coates Island in Mallets Bay on Lake Champlain. Here is a link to the article that was mentioned:

On Coates Island, 140 years of stewardship (and fun)

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Griddlesode S9-002: Windows to the Soul

In this Griddlesode, Ron tells the story of loss and important life lessons.

On this Griddlesode, we featured the following songs:

Due to the demise of The Podsafe Music Network/Mevio, we’ve removed all of the broken links and have attempted to replace them with direct links to the artist’s properties. If you are the artist and would like us to update these links, please contact us at griddlecakes*at*

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