Our first story circle of 2014 is in January, on the theme of New Beginnings. I find the last couple of weekends in December to be a great time to curl up all day, with one cup of tea after another, and think about what is ending and what is beginning. I can’t think of these two things separately. Every ending, whether it is good or painful, has in it the seeds of what is beginning. Every exciting, happy beginning has some sort of sacrifice, trade-off, or loss of something else. Continue reading
I was preparing a story for an evening of story telling in Norfolk, about experiencing the San Francisco earthquake of 1989. I decided to spark my memories of that time by looking at YouTube videos of coverage of the quake. Surprisingly, the videos put me in the same state of panic I experienced at that time, the butterflies, the dry mouth and cold sweat…
It got me to thinking of various ways one could trigger memories Continue reading
I took my first extended outing in the English countryside this past weekend in Norfolk. A friend invited me to stay in his converted stables cottage, with two other storytellers. We joined a line-up of seven people telling stories on the theme of Time.
What a great few days! The cottage is on the grounds of a fabulous manor house called Elsing Hall, in the medieval village of Elsing… population 250. Here’s the mini Downton Abbey Continue reading
Read Emma Lindley’s account of our story weekend, where we stayed in a fabulous converted stables cottage in Norfolk, England: True Stories.
Emma is a film director/producer and was called upon to fill in when one of the storytellers cancelled at the last minute. She has some interesting reflections about the difference between a “story” and a series of memories.
I’ll write a follow-up soon.
St. Ethelburga’s church in the City of London has a great story. It was nearly destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1993, but some of it still remains and dates back to medieval times. After the bomb, and a public outcry against its demolition, the church was rebuilt and transformed into an interfaith center for reconciliation and peace. Continue reading
You want to tell a true story or anecdote that others want to hear, instead of wishing they could get the last 10 minutes of their life back. Unlike Seinfeld, not everyone can make a story out of nothing. But most people do have stories that entertain, surprise, or make us cry.
So how do you know if your story is worth telling? Continue reading