Monday, January 1, 2018
With the holiday season winding down, it's time to start thinking about....Stories! Yes, winter is the perfect time to cuddle up to some good tales. Earlier societies used the winter to pass along family tales, folk tales or stories that taught the children family and cultural values. Get out of the electronics and spend some effort to let your children know about their roots. Hire a storyteller for an event and find out the beauty and excitement of telling tales. Any effort you put into this will be well worth it! Clearfield, UT will hold a storytelling festival on January 27 at 7:00 at the Community Arts Center building 140 East Center in Clearfield, UT. You could come and hear professional and community tellers share their favorite stories. It's a free event and will warm up your winter evening!
Friday, November 10, 2017
The storytelling in October was glorious, and now it's time to settle down for family and holiday stories. With Thanksgiving approaching (in the United States), consider telling stories around the dinner table. We did that a couple of years ago with my grandchildren, and they absolutely loved hearing about the past, what their parents did as children, and sharing their own memories of times they have enjoyed. Children need roots AND wings, and we give them roots by sharing our stories, our beliefs, our traditions and our culture. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
This is a glorious time of year for storytelling....who doesn't love a good ghost story? Stories that have a bit of chill to match the weather, tales with just a hint of a twist, adventures that excite and make us wonder are all part of the fun of autumn. I have been working with Storytours and Ogden Ghost Tours for over a dozen years, and it seems we never run out of paranormal happenings to retell on our tours. Even young children love the stories of this time of year--they just don't need as much "scare" factor. Be sure to include tales in your October and fall celebrations. They stir up the imagination and help us appreciate the warmth of our homes and firesides.
Friday, September 1, 2017
School days are upon us again and the air is getting (a little) cooler, so fall must be on the way! One of the best things about fall (besides pumpkins!) are the stories and storytelling opportunities. I love to tell stories with surprise endings and a little bit of chill, and ghost stories and other seasonal treats seem to provide that in abundance. Don't miss out on the chance to hear, or even tell, a slightly spooky story this season. As you make plans for harvest activities and family events, include stories in the plan. After the heat of summer, it's time to cool off with a ghostly story!
Saturday, August 5, 2017
What do you do in Utah when the weather stays around 95 degrees for several weeks....go camping! And when you sit around the campfire at night what do you do.....you tell stories, of course! It really doesn't matter whether you are spinning family tales, trying to scare the older kids with ghost stories of creatures that inhabit the woods, or just sharing your favorite folk tale, camping and stories go together. Plan on sharing stories during family outings this summer, and as the summer winds down and school starts, don't forget to include storytelling in your back-to-school activities and carnivals. Children always love to hear about all their parents' misdeeds and school horror stories. Let's face it, so do adults. Happy telling!
Monday, July 3, 2017
This summer seems to be going way too fast! I just finished a performance called "Sing Me a Story--Ballads, Songs and Stories from the American Tradition" for an appreciative group of "empty nesters" and will be on stage at the Gallivan Center (239 South Main) in Salt Lake City on July 10th at noon for the Lunch Bunch Concert Series. I will be performing stories and songs with an American theme, as it just seems like the thing to do in July. It's important to remember our heritage and reconnect with what has made our country free. Remember to share your family stories with your children and grandchildren as you travel, camp, hike or whatever you do to celebrate the beautiful days of summer.
Monday, April 3, 2017
I just spent a wonderful evening telling American history stories (and one tall tale) to a group of nearly a dozen women. With all the experiences they have had in life, they were enthralled to hear some parts of history that they never knew, and bits and pieces of stories they hadn't fully heard before. It's important for us to know about our own culture and stories that make up the "American experience", and so much of that can get lost if we're not actively preserving it. The stories also got them talking about tales from their own families--these also shouldn't be lost! We need to tell and hear each other's stories....that's how we pass culture to the next generation. Culture is best transmitted person to person, in the spirit of love and friendship.