3/19/2009

Storytelling -three viewpoints


Storytelling and Healing
Today I surfed into Spinning Tales - Weaving Hope - an International Symposium for Storytelling as a Healing Art - a blog originated in Denmark by Marianne Christensen. I was especially interested in an article by Dr. Lewis Mehl - Madrona, a Stanford educated physician who is tapping into the healing traditions of his Native American heritage.
Loving Jeeves and Wooster
Jim and I are slowing working our way through Karen's set of cds of all the A&E seasons of Jeeves and Wooster starring Stephen Frye and Hugh Laurie. We are savoring the characters, sets and costumes - enjoying the period, the spoof of Britain's upper class and the tongue in cheek humor. I remember first reading the P. G. Wodehouse stories when I was in high school - probably influenced by Daddy's mother who was an avid anglophile. It seemed to me that Nanny loved most things British from Agatha Christie mysteries to Alec Guiness movies. I particularly remember going with her to the Visualite Theater to see the Lavendar Hill Mob and both of us shaking with laughing as the film unfolded. I still laugh at that movie. What's not to love about all those things? The first time Jim and I went to London I thought of Nanny and was sorry she never got to walk those streets.
World Storytelling Day
From around the world- world storytelling day in Dubai. What's your favorite story? I answered the question - not with my favorite - I have too many - but with the first story I remember.
Mama's mother, Ellie Keasler Baer read Henny Penny to me when I was still small enough to sit on her lap. What's your first or favorite story?

5 comments:

Granny Sue said...

My favorite has always been the 12 swans from Grimm. I can't say why I like it so much--perhaps because there are 13 children all together?

As I dig into ballads, I keep finding new favorites. The Grey Selkie caught me this week. Enchanting.

Cathy said...

My favorite and my sister's was The Magic Friend Maker by Gladys Baker Bond. We loved this book so much it evenually fell apart from too much love. Several years ago, I set a goal of finding two of them for the two of us. I wanted first editions and found them one by one on alibris. I love the illustrator,Stina Nagel, as well. My mother was big into reading aloud but it was usually what ever she was reading. I had heard alot of Norah Lofts and Jessamyn West by the time I was in grade school.

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