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  • Writer's pictureJoyce Slater

A Note from the President

Updated: Feb 8

Hello everyone,


Staying well and safe during these difficult times is your most important job. Keep up the good work.


The newsletter looks a bit different this month. The coronavirus has affected a number of things including our newsletter. We have gone back to an old format until summer. Expect to see our beautiful newsletter again soon. Thank you for your patience.


Sheltering in place and making the best of it is my top priority. I’ve started wearing a mask when I go out to the store now, which isn't very often. My hands get washed so often they have turned red.


Storytelling online is fine and fun but for me, but it will never take the place of in person telling.. Fortunately The St. Louis Storytelling Festival is virtual and there are lots of stories to listen to from wonderful storytellers. I hope you are on board with it.


Zoom is the new way to communicate and the way to teach a class remotely, I feel like a duck out of water sometimes. Our dogs are being walked 4-5 times a day and I am managing to get in my daily 10000 steps.That's never happened before. The winter coat drive will have a few more scarves thanks to Covid-19. We are very careful with our toilet paper use. I guess I should’ve purchased that bidet when I had the chance. I have transplanted lilies and planted seeds. The neighbors and I talk over the back fence from afar. Kids are playing in their backyards and neighbors are listening to music on their front porches. Whole families are riding bikes together and sitting down to a meal together. I am going to church online.


We need to stay positive and make plans for the future. There will still be a Liar’s Contest in July. It could be virtual, but there will be a contest. Please send in your information for the State Parks for the Fall.


We will stay in touch. Send us your stories about your adventures at home and on the web.I am thinking of all of you and wishing you the best.


Love, Joyce


“Tell the story that's been growing in your heart, the characters you can't keep out of your head, the tale story that speaks to you, that pops into your head during your daily commute, that wakes you up in the morning.”
― Jennifer Weiner

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