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  • Writer's pictureJoyce Slater

A Note from the President

Hello, everyone,

As storytellers we can help mend fences in our world by telling stories with meaning and truth. We are confronted with illnesses of all kinds, both to use as individuals and to our society. Stories can help unify and heal us. Rex Ellis, storyteller, once said, “You can’t hate someone if you know their story.” We need to learn each other’s story and find understanding and peace.

July is the month for the MO-TELL LIar’s Contest. Mark your calendars: July 11th, 2pm CDT. We will be meeting on Zoom for the virtual lying. I hope you can join us.

Meeting ID: 881 9785 4913

Password: 641934

Our lives have certainly changed because of COVID-19. We are adjusting and working in ways we thought were impossible. Storytelling can be done all over the worlds with people we would never have known before. It is amazing. I attended a 24-conference in India run by Eric Miller. NSN (National Storytelling Network) conducted a conference virtually and had a record number of attendees. There were storytellers from Scotland, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Australia, and more. Our region put on a great concert with a few locals that you know: Priscilla Howe, Jim “Two Crows” Wallen, and Bobby Norfolk.

There are drawbacks, too. I really miss telling stories in person instead of on Zoom or YouTube. I miss hugging my listeners.

In August, Missouri will start celebrating its bicentennial with storytelling. There will be events planned for August through May. Watch for that!

Last, but certainly not least, I am happy to announce that Ken Wolfe is back as our newsletter creator and guru. I am so grateful. Hip, hip, hurray!!! Many thanks to Ken. (Thanks, Joyce. Glad to help out. Huzzah! kw)

Love, Joyce.

“Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others.”
― Peter Forbes

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