From To Kill A Mockingbird, Jane Austen, the MCU, and Back Again pt. 1


This is the first of an edited two hour conversation I had with my sister, Celeste Sage-Tate. When she and I get started, we talk about one story that leads to another, and another linking themes and what we’ve learned from them.

Story~Power is now available on Apple, Google and Spotify podcast apps.


Part One
I have had the love of reading since 7th grade. I would spend hours after school just reading and seeing myself in the stories I read. I read many different genres. I do not limit myself. As a Life Coach I have read many books from Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and Marianne Williamson.

Stories Discussed
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee, Movie, (1962) Robert Mulligan, director
The Crucible – Arthur Miller, Movie, (1996) Nicholas Hytner, director
Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler
The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
Gladiator – (2000) Ridley Scott, director
Braveheart – (1995) Mel Gibson, director
Star Trek (all series and movies) Gene Roddenberry creator
Author of note: William Shakespeare
The Stand – Stephen King, Mini-series (1994) Mick Garris, director
Shawshank Redemption – Stephen King, Movie (1994), Frank Darabont, director
The Green Mile – Stephen King, Movie (1999) Frank Darabont, director
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen, Our favorite version – Mini-series (1995) Simon Langton, director 
Dune – Frank Herbert, Movie (1984), David Lynch, director
Finding Nemo – (2003) Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, directors
Bruce Lipton non-fiction books
The Hunger Games Series – Suzanne Collins, Movies, (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,) Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence, directors
A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson
Saving Private Ryan – (1998) Steven Spielberg, director
Wayne Dyer, Spiritual Teacher and Author

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

No Fear Shakespeare

This is my first episode. We had a bit of trouble with the sound but Dave and I had a fantastic conversation. I asked Dave to be my first guest because I’m in awe of his knowledge about the Shakespearean and the Elizabethan time period. It’s sad for both of us that his timeless work is not appreciated as much as we’d like it to be. I hope if you’ve hated Shakespeare in the past, after this podcast you’ll consider getting better acquainted with his work.



Dave Dahl

Dave has loved theatre since his first performance in the Opera Carmen at age 6. Since then he teaches acting and has led actors workshops and founded The Northern Colorado Actors Studio. He also acts in his spare time. He recently directed, Constellations, Orson’s Shadow, and Antony and Cleopatra, Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Chimes at Midnight, Twelfth Night, King Lear, As You Like It and the regional premiere of Gloria. In his 30 years as an actor favorite roles include: Mr.Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher, Edgar in King Lear, Horatio in Hamlet, Orgon in Tartuffe, Benjamin Franklin in 1776, and Theo Maske in The Underpants.

Works by William Shakespeare we Discussed

Measure for Measure
Chimes at Midnight by Orson Wells (1965, available on Amazon Prime)
Richard II
Henry IV, parts I & II
Henry V
Hamlet
Shakespeare’s sonnets performed by Patrick Stewart (on YouTube)
The Tempest
All’s Well that Ends Well
Romeo and Juliet
Macbeth
Twelfth Night
The Taming of the Shrew
Much Ado About Nothing

The term Dramaturg was discussed in this episode. For those who are unfamiliar with the word, a dramaturg is a special consultant who provides specific, in-depth knowledge and literary resources to a director, producer, or entire theatre company.

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognaitive Scientist.