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Focus of blog

Until I can devote more time and until I have a great “skill set”  in this technology, I will keep my current interests here under one Spiritosablog.    It is a great help in following my own line(s) of thinking at a certain point in time.   I have short-term memory problems.   My mind skips from point to point and surfing the internet while maintaining any kind of linear through-line in my thinking is not possible at this time.

I am still interested in keep track of my hobbies as such:

1.  Pottery, that I desperately need to find a new home for doing my work in (Studio, etc).  Clearly that cannot happen where I now live and it is one of my main motivations in finding a new place to live.

2.  Storytelling –   working in this art form and being a storyteller, in place of doing theater.    Also investigating the overlap of language learning and storytelling.    Finding community.  Also another motivations for a move?     Somewhere I don’t have to drive many miles in the winter to find others.

3.  Italian language.    If I wish to committ to learning this further.  Living in a city with resources to help in this might motivate me again.   And finding other learners.   And native speakers.


Storytelling: Four lessons in The Storytelling tradition

From PBS site:

One theme woven through these four lessons is the diverse nature and form of narratives. All of the narrativespresented in these lessons draw on the great range and variety of stories related to cultural resources available toteacher and student alike. Remember that although the term “narrative” is frequently applied to written texts and oralstories, narratives may also be inherent in a painting, a dance, an object, or a historical record.


Some storytellers found online


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.


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.


What Story Telling Does to the Brain



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.