We are into a new year, and I hope yours includes storytelling! During the pandemic national and international, as well as local tellers, have been busy putting material on the internet. Festivals and individual artists are constantly offering story-listening opportunities, many of them free or low cost. The storytelling world has really stepped up to the challenge of technology-based entertainment! Try the magic of Google to discover what is "out there" and you can participate in the comfort of your own homes. The Weber State University Storytelling Festival (based in Utah) is at the end of February and will be totally virtual, also offering daily stories leading up to the main event. Of course, you can always tell family stories during these cold winter months. It beats spending every evening in front of the TV. Investigate and you might find new entertainment, that is actually the oldest type of entertainment!
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
This is the month when the United States celebrates the Thanksgiving season. While traditional activities are being somewhat curtailed by the Coronavirus, one thing that is still available is family storytelling. This can be done among those with whom you live, or it can be done with extended family over Zoom, Skype, the telephone or any other electronic and virtual medium. Stories can translate well through cyberspace, and that type of interaction can brings families and friends closer together. So. . .besides the turkey and trimmings of this season, inject some story into your celebration. It could help you to be safer and still close to your loved ones.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Well, summer is winding down but storytelling is as alive and well as ever. You can find many storytelling events on-line and the virtual experience will have you hooked on stories! Then you will be looking for story events when we are able to be "out and about" more. Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will be entirely virtual this year, giving you the chance to listen to ALL the tellers without having to choose. It will be available for a small price for 10 days in September. Check out their website. This is an excellent opportunity to partake of storytelling (with amazing tellers) right from the comfort of your own home! Remember, we are "wired" for story. It's how we tend to naturally communicate...so try it out.