"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

Friday, June 10, 2016

"June is bustin' out all over"...there should be a song with this!  Summer is truly here and the relaxing and busy times that come with it.  Festivals, parties, get-togethers, reunions...they're all better when accompanied by stories.  I just came back from a wonderful trip to southern Utah and one of the most beautiful places on the globe:  Bryce Canyon.  Before the hike on the Navajo Trail Loop, I had to tell my grandchildren about the time I took that hike as a seven-year-old with a mother who was pregnant and sick, an aunt recovering from whooping cough, a three-year-old brother who had to be carried part of the way and my grandfather.  I was full of more energy than sense, and probably travelled the trail at least twice running up and down in my excitement!  My mother was worried that I might fall off the trail to my death, but she wasn't strong enough to do much about it.  What a great memory and what a fun story for the next generation.  Don't forget to share with your family and friends.  Also, check into what storytelling festivals may be around your area this summer.  You'll be glad you did.