Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:11

About Us

 

New to the HiveWHO ARE WE?

Family Storytelling is a bustling hive of people who believe as you do, in the possibility of happy families. Here in our community we are as busy as bees cross-pollinating ideas about storytelling and how it can impact all aspects of our lives. We believe families can be more than just people living under the same roof, so give us 5 minutes a day, and we will give you ways to become the family you want to be.

  

 

  

 CORE VALUES

  • We love our families, and we know you love yours.
  • We want to share our successes, and give you a place to share yours
  • Everyone wants a happy family, right?
  • Story is more than just a photo; we'll help you tell yours.
  • Connecting generations: we all need a sense of our past, present and future.
  • We believe in families and their place in our communites.
  • Sense of community: here we will share ideas and inspire each other.

 

 

Bee on Flower

Meet Our "Worker Bees"


 

cRiceCarol RiceCarol Rice
Founder and Executive Editor, Family Storytelling

I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.

As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."

My mom is no longer with us, or as the expert she would likely be featured on this page. Instead, as a product of her expertise, I'm here trying hard to help others have what we had in our family. FamilyStorytelling.com is an effort to share all that she taught me, and some other things we've learned along the way.

Our dream is to help every family create a library of their own personal stories - and we're here to help you every step of the way. I've met so many people over the years that don't feel like they have anything important to say or share about their lives... until they pick up a Story Starter!

What an honor to help you get started on your family stories... to be a part of helping you make story a part of your everyday... to help you feel the power of story in your own life!

I have learned from experience, and truly believe that just 5 minutes a day can make a difference

Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.

Your stories (and loved ones) are waiting!

Keep Sharing!

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GlynisN web copy Glynis Neves Glynis Neves
Managing Editor, Family Storytelling

Stories have always been a big part of my life. I grew up in a very theatrical family, and learned the art of storytelling early on. I'm grateful to my parents for teaching me how to express myself through story. Now that I have 5 children of my own, I find that I use storytelling every day. I love it when my children say, "Tell me the story about..." or "Tell us about a time when..." These are the times when genuine connections occur, and in this day and age, we need all the connections we can get with our children.

I began my career as a high school English teacher. I learned early on that my students responded better to my teaching if, instead of lecturing, I turned those lectures into stories. Soon I started to see eyes light up, and heads begin to nod in understanding. I truly believe that the best learning occurs if we can enjoy what we are learning, and who doesn't love to listen to stories?

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CONTRIBUTING EDITORS


Teresa Clark Color PhotoTeresa ClarkTeresa Clark

A national award-winning storyteller, historian and author, she is best known for her original works and recollections of life's experiences blended with history. Teresa has presented and performed throughout the United States. Of her, it has been said, "Charming, witty, soulful, and wise, her performances are filled with a compelling sense of wonder and an irresistable zest for life." Her story work involves performance, education, production, and advocacy. From the main stage to individual consultations in living rooms across America, she delights in the excavation and sharing of family story. Most importantly, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother to her favorite playmates and best friends.

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valerieEValerie ElkinsValerie Elkins

Valerie Elkins is a genealogy professional, writer, lecturer and blogger.  She serves as Vice President and Publicity Chair for the Utah Genealogical Association and is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists.  Valerie also shares her love of family history on her blog at http://www.FamilyCherished.com  She is the managing editor for FamilyStorytelling.com's Genealogy column and has Pinterest boards that are worth following, check them out at Pinterest.com/valerieelkins.  Find out more about Valerie at http://www.ValerieElkins.com

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ShantelPShantel ParkShantel Park

Shantel's love of story began in her childhood with fairy tales. As a wife of 13 years and a mother of 4, she gets a daily sampling of the many genre's of story, including (but not at all limited to) - humor, alternate history, dramatic interpretations, tall tales, tragedy, and a smattering of anecdotes based on true stories. A sometimes blogger, a frequent do-it-yourselfer, and always fond of Cadbury Mini Eggs, Shantel can be found, most days, going 5 different directions, but usually ending up in her favorite place - at home.

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Family Storytelling, Nicki CrockettFamily Storytelling, Nicki CrockettNicki Crockett

Nicki Crockett loves story and recognizes its value in her life. Discovering this lead her down a path of learning about photography and Photoshop. From there, she stumbled on a creative outlet that uses both- digital scrapbooking. She loves publishing her digital pages in hard bound books and has created over 30 books over the years. Other interests include spending as much time at the lake as possible, hydrofoiling, cooking, and crafting. She also works part-time as a pharmacist.

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Stepper grew up in the desert, but is a child of the rain. She lost her heart to Seattle (both to the place and to the boy who grew up there). She loves to write and draw, and used to get in trouble for doodling all over her homework. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in English Literature from Utah State University. She loves to sing, play the violin and guitar, and is learning the mandolin. She bakes a mean spice cake with pinoche icing, hates caramel, and has a real thing for old keys. But her very most favorite thing in the whole world is her cute husband and three amazing kids.

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Linda Hill is a native of…well, nowhere really.  She grew up as an Air Force brat and currently claims Littleton, CO as her home of 8 years (the longest she’s lived any one place in her life so far!)  She is the mother of 5 children, two sons and a daughter who have already “flown the coop” and 2 daughters in high School.  She is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Family Science and put her degree to use as she raised her large family and operated several home-based businesses while serving in many volunteer positions in her church, community and the schools.  She has been married to Kent Hill for 25 years and they look forward to at least another 125!  Currently she is an instructor to teens for a daily early morning religion class.  She is passionate about her family, storytelling, politics and when she gets the time – locking herself in her sewing room with a chick flick and getting her “creative” on!

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Brad is an advertising student from Denver, CO.  As an "Ad man," Brad believes that there is always a story to be told.  Growing up, Brad lived in a home where stories were an important part of his life.  Stories are everywhere to be found and Brad loves sharing ideas in the form of stories.  After taking a storytelling class in college, Brad learned the power of story and the appreciation for every story told.  Brad spends most of his free time outdoors, riding his bike, or seeking a new adventure.  As Brad says, "I live life in the fast lane, which comes from being the oldest of 5 kids. There's never a dull moment in life!"

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DaniBioWebDani OldroydDani Oldroyd

Dani Oldroyd is a wife of twelve years to an amazing husband, and a blessed mother of 3 little ones.  She loves reading, writing, photography and anything antique.  Genealogy has always been a part of her life through her Grandma Budd.  All Dani's life she heard stories about family and ancestors that came before.  Dani didn't find a love for genealogy until her Grandma passed away a year ago.  She missed hearing the stories that her Grandma told.  Dani now finds joy in discovering new stories and sharing them with others.  Dani is currently a writer for Mormon Mommy Writers, and also writes a genealogy blog at www.sharingapplesfamilytree.blogspot.com.  

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Last modified on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 14:35
Glynis Neves

Stories have always been a big part of my life. I grew up in a very theatrical family, and learned the art of storytelling early on. I'm grateful to my parents for teaching me how to express myself through story. Now that I have 5 children of my own, I find that I use storytelling every day. I love it when my children say, "Tell me the story about..." or "Tell us about a time when..." These are the times when genuine connections occur, and in this day and age, we need all the connections we can get with our children.

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