I read that on one of those endless lists of wisdom that friends keep re-posting on Facebook. It made so much sense and made me think of examples where that’s been true in my life. Yes, I definitely should NOT have believed that man in a Paris cafe who told me he was a big French rock star (I was 23 at the time). Or that his big burly friend was his bodyguard. 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
We had a great first circle last week, made up of friends, who told some great escape stories! And we now have a second circle date, November 27th, with a choice of story themes related to journeys. I’m hoping to get the hang of getting the word out through social media for the next event, so that we’ll have both familiar and new faces.
Speaking of journeys, ever since my beloved, funny, kooky aunt died a few years ago, I’ve wondered exactly where she went. I’d worked out my beliefs about what comes after death a long time ago, but until I lost someone that close, I hadn’t felt that burning “where do they go” question on a visceral level. Would I see her again? In another life? In a dream? Would she ever communicate with me again? (That’s her in the picture volunteering in the schools soon after her arrival in America.) Continue reading
I was getting acquainted with the wife of a colleague. She wasn’t the sort of person who warmed to people and held conversations easily, but she asked me what this story telling thing is. So I explained that it was personal anecdotes around a particular theme, and I started rattling off example themes. She said nothing until I got to the theme of “family.”
To my surprise, she immediately launched into the story of how her dad left their family when she was very young. She grew up thinking of him as a bad man, since her extended family portrayed him that way ever since he left. The trouble was the family also always told her how much she reminded them of him. She looked like him and had many of his mannerisms. In her young mind, that was an equation that summed up to “I am a bad person because I remind my family of my father, who is a bad person.” Continue reading
Hello story tellers!
I was so very lucky to meet some some of you when I first moved to London four years ago. You, who led me into the world of true story telling. I’m talking about Joanna Yates of Spark London and all the incredible people I met through Spark.
It’s been great using my voice in front of an audience and practicing telling stories, whether they’re rehearsed or ‘off the cuff’ at an open mic. It’s been especially exciting taking the stories to different and larger audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and in San Francisco.
Though raconteurs have been around since time began, the art has become very popular in recent years. We can now hear personal stories from all over the world on the radio, in podcasts, the local pub or theater, even on iTunes. Continue reading