The Moth Storytelling sites

Pocasts, conventions,  and more

http://www.hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Magazine/January-2015/Hudson-Valley-Storytellers/

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Some storytellers found online

http://www.karenpillsworth.com/

She is called the “Storyteller Laureate” of Kingston, NY.  She has been telling stories for decades – to children, to adults, in many settings.    Karen offers workshops on storytelling and I see there have been some at Ulster Community College.

Quote:

To be a good storyteller, you have to first be a good listener.

Found in Hudson Valley Magazine.  Here is the article on six storytellers who make a living in the Hudson Valley.

http://www.hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Magazine/January-2015/Hudson-Valley-Storytellers/

I migliori siti di scambio linguistico

A useful list, as of 1/1/2015, for the best sites for a language exchange, written in italiano so I will assume an italiano audience:

http://www.mosalingua.com/it/i-migliori-siti-di-scambio-linguistico-per-praticare-gratis-le-lingue-su-internet/

L’apprendimento di una lingua straniera avviene attraverso la graduale acquisizione di 4 competenze fondamentali: comprensione scritta, comprensione orale, produzione scritta e produzione orale. In pratica, lo studio di una lingua mira a fornire gli strumenti necessari (in termini di vocabolario e grammatica) per poter leggere un testo, capire un nativo quando parla ed essere capace di esprimersi nella lingua studiata tanto allo scritto quanto all’orale. Il grande problema di coloro che apprendono una lingua a scuola o da autodidatta è trovare il modo di praticare, parlare, esprimersi all’orale. Per fortuna esistono dei trucchi e delle risorse che vi svelerò in due articoli dedicati appunto ai metodi per praticare le lingue straniere.

Per iniziare, uno dei modi più efficaci e veloci è utilizzare i siti dedicati allo scambio linguistico sfruttando la formula del tandem: basta iscriversi ad uno di queste community per entrare in contatto con persone provenienti da tutto il mondo, interessate come voi ad apprendere una lingua. Se studiate spagnolo ad esempio, potrete conoscere e parlare con madrelingua che vogliono imparare la lingua italiana ed aiutarvi a vicenda scambiando gratuitamente le vostre conoscenze.
Frequento questo tipo di siti da molto tempo e li considero davvero utili sia durante l’apprendimento che in seguito per mantenere allenata la lingua appresa. Nel corso degli anni ne sono nati tantissimi e spesso è difficile scegliere tra tante possibilità: proprio per questo motivo, ho selezionato per i nostri lettori i migliori siti di scambio linguistico per praticare gratis le lingue su internet.

What Story Telling Does to the Brain

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https://blog.bufferapp.com/science-of-storytelling-why-telling-a-story-is-the-most-powerful-way-to-activate-our-brains

This is beginning of a series of posts exploring why we have the need to tell stories AND how we can continue to benefit from both telling and listening to stories.  Who doesn’t like watching a movie with an interesting narrative  * characters, or a well-written TV show with a story arc so compelling that audiences will return again and again?  We all love stories.

Topics might include  – who tells stories nowadays, who told stories in the past, what kind of stories are important in various cultural contexts, storytelling as a means of teaching and learning,   storytelling and language teaching/ learning in particular, and various medium of storytelling such as strictly oral (do you listen to podcasts?) to strictly visual,  say a collage or more technical – instagrams or other social media, ie. FACEBOOK pages (not so much interested in non-verbal at this time), to the narrative streams that come though various social media sites, adding up to an ongoing (non-deliberate)  story told by multiple storytellers.    I think right now lower-tech stories are more in my interest but I do like the idea of comparison between the simplest forms and most high tech forms of this ancient and very modern art form.

This might need to be a blog unto itself.  Depends – as long as I end up regularly contributing here about it.    I want it to be a base in which to turn to for ideas on how to become a storyteller and how to use various media, for rote beginnger and for *amateurs* on the documentary form.

Hoping to feel brave enough to tell the stories that feel are interesting.

I am interested in “writing” a short story perhaps this week or next made of photos and captions.

 

What do we do at Christmas?

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Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog 🙂

Have you watched my newest video yet? I talk about common actions and activities we, Italians, do at Christmas.

Here’s a list of things we do – in Italian -:

  • decorare —> decorare l’albero di Natale – decorare la casa
  • decorazioni (decorazioni – ornaments)
  • fare e ricevere gli auguri di Natale  —> link to video
  • augurare
  • fare e ricevere i regali
  • scambiarsi i regali di Natale
  • aprire i regali
  • fare il presepe (set up the nativity scene)
  • fare l’albero
  • fare il brindisi a cena/pranzo
  • brindare
  • giocare a tombola
  • trascorrere del tempo con i parenti (to spend time with family)
  • guardare i film natalizi in tv
  • organizzare il pranzo di Natale
  • apparecchiare la tavola

In the video I forgot to mention one very important thing we do at Christmas, which is going to the Christmas mass. I usually go at midnight between the…

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Curated Self in Social Media

I’ve never been good at this (good phrase by the way).  I am not able to censor myself adequately,  nor to pick and choose images and word based on what I hope the perception of me will be.   Clearly I suck at this.   Certainly I could have curated a interesting, popular, varied Kathy online.   Bah..

So let’s try on a new site, in a new media (or old one? )  a newer curated image,  very photo heavy,  using short blurbs (think, I guess, what instagram does, although I never hang out there).  Add all the small accoutrements that would be useful to a social media site for a cause or an actual company that is looking using it for promotion, hashtags, photos,  links,  soon to be audio recordings when I get the equipment.     It is an experiment so I can have a marketable skill to go out and volunteer with.

Research Living in South America

(12/4/2014)

Research online this winter will be about living in South America and the  pros and cons, and affordability, of settling in various places.  I like to check out blogs of those who are living and have been living in a place for a while.  Interested in places where i get the impression that people do try to get integrated into the local culture rather than to create a “little USA” in their new homeland.     (The SUPERMAXI stores in cities in in Ecuador bring this to mind, although I can understand getting homesick for comfort foods and various US sundries).     “Hot” spots get “warmer” within time and so the research may not be so relevant by the time I pick my little self up to go.   Half of the point is to plant the idea in mind that it is doable and that it is exciting.  I need to know I am getting out of here and that I have some alternatives,  Possibly get to know my ol’ social and people liking self again if I go somewhere  that is  a bit more open and inviting.     When people relocate to a completely new area, they often seek out others who are also knew there.  By nature of moving they are also “outsiders” and this can be a common bond and a common motivation to be more welcoming to new people.    Small town NE life is from my perspective  VERY HARD.

I will tag posts for easy searching.
ECUADOR – All the most preliminary information I have read and the photos I have seen have drawn me to Ecuador.  I have heard of Quito but otherwise know little about this country (that obviously means “Equator” seeing as the equator runs smack dab through it.    I hope some of these popular places don’t get to expensive and Americanized between the time I decide I love it and the time I could actual move there.

Searching specifically also for women travelling and their experiences.    But also, more specifically, women who settle down as expat somewhere alone.  Most of the blogs I’ve seen involve someone moving with or to be near a partner.

(CATS – big issue here.  What to do.   Stayed here my whole life because of my cats.    What to do.  Sanctuary?)

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