BE THANKFUL for HOME and FAMILY!
I believe that HOME is the place where your heart can rest, and FAMILY are the people who make you feel you're home.
I am grateful to all of you for always making me feel at home in my storytelling journeys and programs.
"Once upon a time, 'bout time and a half ago..."
how does your story begin???
Communication is storytelling at its universal level. We all have stories to share, some true, some almost true, some purely fiction (about which my Pop-pops said, "If it ain't true, it should be"). Every story has truth in it; what is "real" is up to the discretion of the listener. That shouldn't stop you from sharing your truths.
In this and every season of the year, make a point of sharing your stories. Nobody else can tell them for you, unless you share them first!
Travelin' to Tell!
Coming up in no time:
- November 5 - 8: 15th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration in Kansas City, Missouri! The theme this year is "Listen to Our Stories - Hear the World". Fellow featured tellers are Antonio Rocha, Carrie Sue Avyar and Anthony Clark, but there are a slew of fantastic tellers from the Kansas City area who will be working in schools and libraries. For more information, go to kcstorytelling.org/ or www.mcckc.edu/storytelling.
- November 12 - 16: 32nd Annual Black Storytelling Festival and Conference in Chicago, Illinois! "Lighting the Way: Story Walkin' - Rhythm Talkin', and if you have never been to this event, you have missed the best of storytelling renewal and storytellin'-family reunions. The voices of fantastic tellers young and old, spoken-word artists in many genres, drumming, dancing, singing, laughing,...oh, just come and experience it all for yourself! For more information, go to www.NABSinc.org.
ANOTHER NEW ADVENTURE!
My second collection of Affrilachian tales, BEYOND THE BRIAR PATCH, is ready! It's coming out from Parkhurst Brothers, Inc. Publishers!