Last Saturday, Oct. 10th, 2020, Barb Fankhauser and I presented the first on-line workshop
for the Portland Storytellers Guild. I'm one of the founding members and Barb was one of the earliest to join. How cool is it that after 35 years of Guild activities and growth that we were given the honor of presenting the first virtual workshop.
We had a great time and we are hearing back from people that attended that they are finding advantages to on-line learning - easier to concentrate during group activities (Break-Out rooms) and they could be in the comfort of their own homes with the beverage of their choice.
We are looking forward to our next workshop which will be on Saturday, January 23rd beginning at 10am. You can visit the Portland Storytellers Guild website for tickets (not avail just yet, but soon).
Our next workshop will dive deep into where to find stories you want to tell and it will also have more information on how to find your way of telling.
Hope to see you there. Write me if you need more info.
The year had begun so promisingly. Most shows I ever had booked heading into a new year. Entering the year with over 75 shows booked was exciting and promising. March alone had 26 shows booked. We all know what happened next - Covid19. After completing six shows in March everything needed to be put on hold. 2020 was going to be quite different than we had all planned.
Lots of time at home so my wife and I build a duck shelter and added 8 ducks to our small 'urban farm' experiment. More time at home so I built a hay storage rack, modified a shed and we added two Nigerian Dwarf goats to our homestead (they are unrelievedly cute!).
We already had chickens but why not have more chickens, plus we like to raise our own for when we eat chicken too. So, now we currently have 48 chickens in brooders and free ranging on our little patch of land. Life is good. Our 6 1/2 year old granddaughter loves being here and being with us and the animals. I never had the chance to hold a small goat when I was a kid, she's making the most of it. It's all part of the story of our family.
It's now May 19th, yesterday I did my first 'live' storytelling since March 6th. I set up my PA outside a senior living location and told stories through an open window to the residents. Thankfully the rain gods were nice and no rain fell during the performance. Sure felt good to see people and be telling face-to-face even though we were over 10 feet apart and they were wearing masks.
Zoom is nice to have but for me it doesn't compare with face-to-face telling where I can hear my audience without it changing who the mic is picking up. Strange times.
Imagine being a child an d growing up now with most folks wearing a mask, gloves and what not and tell me this isn't the stuff of a great science fiction story. The twilight zone has come home.
Special Announcement - open to the public show - free admission!
July 11th 6PM Molalla Public Library, 201 E 5th St, Molalla, OR 97038
Celebrate Summertime at the Library with an hour of Humorous Stories