Good morning everyone. Just 4 more days until Christmas. Where in the world did time go? I am now at the tale end of my Holiday season with just 2 more perfomances to go. I am performing tonight at Kappy's Restaurant in Morton Grove for the last time of the season. I am so greatful for George Alpaganisis for his holiday cheer by having me perform stories for around the table there. Last week I had a couple of charming children who just hung around where I was performing with that Christmas glint in their eyes. They helped me sing to Rudolph at the end of the program. It was priceless. This past Tuesday at the Sunrise Alzheimer Center in Wilmette it was such a joy to perform for the residents. When I first started performing there it was sort of a test to see how well the residents would react to storytelling. With a glad heart I am happy to say that they responded very well...and the Christmas program was no exception. They were engaged and laughed and smiled in all the right places. They even sang a song with me. My job can be so rewarding. I am also honored to have been asked to perform now on a weekly basis for the residents. I will also begin teaching art there as well as storytelling beginning with the new year.
Ah....the New Year. I have been very blessed with so many bookings alreading coming in from various place. New Years programs, Love stories and Love in Bloom ( a Jack Benny Program-Vaudeville) have both been popular programs for Feb. And I must not forget Chinese New Year!! March begins time for teas and Easter programs.
Last week I did a program for the Daughters of the American Revolution. It was a charming gathering of ladies in a beautiful home up in Lake Forest. I love that I get to meet so many wonderful and interesting people along my life's journey. The stories were ecclectic...covering the Liberty Bell, the amazing women who were instrumental in fighting in the war....and a charming legand of Agnes of Glasgow. I loved that I was able to bring some new thoughts and information to such an informative and active group of women. So honored to be among the relatives of those brave men and woman who fought for our country.
I would like to add to this blog my condolences to all the victims/families and first responders of the horrible attack in Conneticut. I cannot believe the devastation and the trauma caused by another human being. There are no words that will ever comfort those left behind. There are no words to explain the loss of those beautiful children and teachers. My heart goes out to each and everyone. The community must stand together for each other and may we all pray for a better tomorrow and that this will never happen again. It is my intention to write a story to honor those lost and the couragous hero's who saved so many in this time of terror. I know that I perform a story about 9/11. It is a program that is well received and heartfelt. I will attempt to do justice in honoring those lost at Sandy Hook School. Perhaps this will be a story to do at Tellebration time. Tellebration is held the week before Thanksgiving where storytellers/Storytelling Guilds perform a program to educate the public about storytelling. We do this free of charge and it is done around the world. I am the president of the Windy City Storytelling Guild and always looking for a location to perform this event. If you are willing to donate the location somewhere near Niles, Illinois, please let me know. The more we can spread the word the better.
At this time, I am finally finished with all my painting orders and all my teachings. I am finally cleaning up and regrouping for the new year. This will be the first time in years that I will not be with our family. A time that I will reflect on all the wonderful Christmas' of the past. I am looking forward to a candlelight mass on Christmas Eve, dinner and some Christmas movies on the tv.
I am excited to share that I have begun my professional dance lessons and am gearing up for competitive dancing. This has been on my Bucket list for years and my dream is finally coming true. It has been fun but grueling...but only because I am such an A personality. I am practicing my steps like crazy. I have encountered some interesting conversations with my dance instructor which will be helpful in writing my new Little Read Writing Hood program. Generation gaps are very interesting. And as much as there is...I think that so far, what I have encountered is that the older generation is more willing to learn the new...than the new learning about the old. Of course I am only referring to what I am seeing or hearing and that does not include all.
Well, I would like to wish everyone the happiest of holidays. Merry Christmas/Happy Channuka and Happy whatever that you may celebrate. Most of all, May you days be merry and bright, and may all your days be stacked up with memories. And as always, feel free to share them here.
PS....always glad to hear some ghost stories for my new book and also angel stories for another book. Please feel free to post.