Good afternoon. The morning just whisked by...groceries, cooking, meeting....I am finally caught up and able to work on my blog.
Today I was deep into stories as my storytelling guild met and we discussed the up and coming events and stories.
We will be at The Grove in Glenview on Sunday, October 6th from 12-5 PM. A great day to come out and hear music, walk some autumn craft booths, see some square dancers, listen to stories, walk the nature paths and tour the historic homes.
I am excited for all the member of The Windy City Storytelling Guild. We love doing this event. Stories will be told for all ages. This is a special time of the year to be outdoors and enjoy the season.
Tomorrow is the visit to the Creekwood Alpaca Farm in Rockford, Illinois. Come out for a free tour of the Farm. I hope to see you there.
I received wonderful news today. My article was published on my storytelling in the Inside Glenview Magazine. I am on pages 3, 18 and 19. I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to both be in the magazine and to write the article as well.
Stories are such an important part of my life. As I have written these blogs, I have been able to put my life in story form. From silly stories right up to the serious stuff. It allows me a chance to revisit my life and reflect. Sometimes it is the hindsight that brings me new insight for the now and for the future.
Stories began when I was very young on the front porch of my grandparents house. It was an integral part of our evenings. I learned about owls, nature, religion, aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents. I took a journey back into time and learned about who I am, what I could be, where interests came from The storytellers...my grandparents encouraged me to speak and tell stories of my own. It taught me that I never need to be afraid of anything. The only failure in life happens when I don't try something...otherwise they taught me that I am always a winner. It is like this great race. A race to become the best I can be. I am still in the race, still stopping along the way for a splash of water. An encouraging word, or a pat on the back. Today, the magazine article did just that...and better yet...I will be writing an article for their December issue as well. I continue to meet wonderful people along this journey. Some are in person and some are on the internet. When I perform, I am delighted to see my audiences heads nod in agreement with some stories, laugh with others and when I see sparking eyes and squeals of laughter, I know that I continue to climb my ladder. I know that in those moments that I am making my grandparents and mother proud. Whether I write or whether I tell a story, I bring them to life all over again. They are right there with me, reminding me of things that have long been hidden away in the treasure chest of my memory. I am so glad that they continue to hand me the key. This is a special day for not only me, but also all those that are in my life the support and encourage me. Thank you to every single one of you!!