Story Swap Notes – August 2015

Dog days of August were perfect for storytelling at the Do Tell Story Swap on August 11. The First Congregational United Church of Christ Friendship Hall provides a nice comfortable space. A thank you goes out to Katy Mangan, Elaine Stanley and all the helpers who prepare the space for storytelling with chairs, rug, and storyteller stool. They do this every Swap!

We had a lot of storytellers, all with great tales to take us to China, Canada, Yellowstone and our own imaginations. Sher Christian began with two poems from her book “Star Kissed Shadows”, which inspired her to take a journey to reconnect with a dear friend. Joyce Baechtel told an amusing story about receiving a mysterious package and the hilarious solution to the mystery. Several personal stories recounting vacation travels and dinner at Coppola’s (which included a marriage proposal to one of Katy’s daughters!),  brought life to our storytellers’ own perspectives on life.  As always, Martha, Cal, Pat and Rosemary shared classic stories from their bottomless repertoire of great tales!

Special note on Brandon Spars: Brandon did finish the story about listening to the river he began in June. So great!  But he told a second story Tuesday night, a “Fast Lane” story of a road trip he took with his children. Brandon told that story at a story slam competition in Berkeley recently and won! He will be featured on Moth radio. Congratulations, Brandon!Brandon 4 good

In addition, Brandon has agreed to be a teller at Tellabration here  in November!  Thanks, Brandon – we can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Our next Swap is Tuesday, September 8th! Join us for telling and listening, laughing and sighing – “the world is full of stories and sometimes they let themselves be told”.

Posted by Meg Brown

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