"A story beats with the heart of every person who has ever strained ears to listen. On the breath of the storyteller, it soars. Until its images and deeds become so real you can see them in the air, shimmering like oases on the horizon line." Cameron Dokey, The Storyteller's Daughter

Monday, November 8, 2010

November is the time to be grateful for all the freedoms we have and for our families and friends.  It is also a time to get together with those we care about.  While we are enjoying their company (and eating our hearts out), why not share some stories about holidays gone by?  Maybe this would be the time to let our children know more about their grandparents (you know, the ones who lived in the dark ages before everyone had cell phones!) or about important traditions and memories that the family shares.  Don't let the time go by without telling and re-telling these stories...that's the "glue" that holds the family together.  Besides, sharing stories is fun!  No one ever laughs harder than in remembering that embarrassing moment when mom forgot to turn the oven on while cooking the turkey, or the time the toddler made the announcement of a pregnancy while the mashed potatoes were being served.  Hug your loved ones...they are the most important ones. Enjoy each other.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

October is the perfect month for tales about ghosts and the supernatural.  (Though I can enjoy these stories anytime of the year!)  Take the time to read, or better yet, listen or tell a ghost story to someone this month.  There are many events around this time of year where you can hear a nice, chilling tale.  In my area we have the Ogden and Salt Lake City Ghost Tours that do an excellent job of providing the right amount of "spook" to fill your October evening.  Maybe you even have some personal or family stories of the ghostly variety.  Enjoy the haunting season with stories!

Friday, September 10, 2010

With cooler weather coming, it's time to start thinking about the warmth of stories in our lives.  Or how about the shivers of a ghost story to go with a crisp autumn evening?  Whatever your taste for stories:  family, folk tales or the supernatural, a beautiful early autumn day (or night) is the perfect time to hear...and tell. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer is winding down and school bells are beginning to ring across the land.  What a great time to listen to stories, whether around the dinner table after a hard day, or on the way to school, or in class to help "drive" a subject home to the students.  Everyone learns better with a story!  Share yours today!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Midsummer is a great time to sit down with a book and a cold glass of lemonade...It's also time to travel to your favorite camping spot and sit around the campfire telling stories.  Maybe a ghost story would add some chills to this sultry time of year!  Possibly you just want to share some favorite family memories.  When getting together with family and friends, stories always make the event more special.  Keep telling tales, Laurie

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summertime is a great time for stories, whether at a family picnic, around the campfire, or when "catching up" at a family reunion.  Find someone and tell them your favorite story.  And maybe they'll return the favor!