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A Note from the President

Hello to everyone,


I have realized that I have developed a storytelling mindset. I think in story. It dominates everything I do, from the weather to my pets to my family and to my friends. I think of it all in story form. It is delightful.


We have stories and I am so grateful for them. They warm our hearts and our minds. We need that warmth because the weather has kept our bodies and our homes cold. I am looking forward to March and warmer temperatures, but I will carry the stories of these times with me.


Connecting with storytellers through Zoom is so gratifying. Of course, it is not the same as a face-to-face meeting, but it keeps us in touch. We can see and hear each other which is so much better than texting one another. It also makes the world a little smaller for me. I have made friends all over the world through Zoom.


MO-TELL is sharing stories through Zoom too. In February, we had “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” I hope you were a witness to the wonderful stories told by Elizabeth Ellis, Alice Nathan, Ron Stewart and Karen Young. It was a fabulous night of tales of love, both fairy tale and personal. In March, we have March Madness, a night of stories told by the MO-TELL board members. I want you to come and meet the board. They are all storytellers who have been telling for years. Put March 9th on your calendar now. Our stories connect us.


The top stories in the news are the weather and the COVID-19 19 vaccines. I pray you are surviving both and may your top stories be those of warmth and healing.


Keep telling stories and I hope to see you soon.


Joyce Slater

President, MO-TELL


“The belly craves food, she thinks, the tongue craves water, the heart craves love, and the mind craves stories.”
— A character in David Mitchell’s novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

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