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..."
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.
Finally a reason to love the cold, snow and ice!
As a Utah girl I spent most of my wintery weekends on the slopes. But somehow over the years, I've slowly become a fair-weather Utahn.
Learning About Our Families Through Storytelling.
Every family is unique. We all have stories that can help teach our children. Do we share them? Do we gather our young, and help them weather the storms of life? By using our own family traditions and stories we can give our children a "roadmap" to life.
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If You Can't Make It To Disneyland This Weekend
This last weekend I had a house full of teenagers, and had to fill their very hungry stomachs with food based on a Disney theme. I rounded up a great Monte Cristo sandwich recipe that I'm ready to share with you. So if you've got a house full of hungry teenagers, or if you're just craving a world-famous Disney Monte Cristo, short of heading to Disneyland this weekend, here's the next best thing!
Not long ago I posted a photo on Instagram of some zucchinis that my sweet neighbor shared with me. Another friend of mine, that I know mostly through social media, sent me this in reply: "I'll send you my chocolate recipe!"
True to her word, Nicole sent me the recipe for some yummy chocolate zucchini bread. It's as wonderful as she promised – that is if you like your vegetables disguised in bread that tastes as good as Costco chocolate muffins.
(Don't worry, we have Nicole's permission to share the recipe with everyone....keep reading)
Storytelling friends of ours have had many chances to know, and come to love Kim. But if you're new to storytelling, this is my chance to introduce you - and what a pleasure that is!
It's All About Content
why we're orange/green/gray
How many can you fit into ONE article?
Is there such a thing as perfection?
We buy what we see, hear, AND OUR FRIENDS have told us about
It's just getting started - THINK "PINNABLE" (what Dennis said)
Basically Thursday at 2:00 for email, Morning for FB, Pin after Dinner & Bath time (arsenic hour)
How many can you do?
Now why aren't we millionaires yet?
It all goes back to GREAT content
I was inspired by Glynis' article "Zucchini: Friend or Foe." I've decided FRIEND, especially after a friend shared this amazing "recipe" with me. It's not really a recipe, it's THREE SIMPLE STEPS! Don't plan on left-overs, your family will gobble it all up!
Stories are nothing more than enjoyable conversation between two or more people. When we start telling stories we connect, teach and often heal. We relate in a way that brings power and purpose to our lives.
We are the story experts, and we'll teach you how to get your family talking and creating a family tradition of simply sharing your stories.
FamilyStorytelling.com is just getting started. If you have stumbled across our path, you are lucky enough to have found us before our official launch. You can probably see we are are up to something BIG. Be sure to enter your email to be a part of all that will be happening, and we promise to keep you in the loop!
I imagine you will find that we tell stories to come home, find ourselves, regain our footing,discover our roots and ensure our legacies. But mostly, we tell stories to connect with the ones we cherish most. ~Carol Rice
“What's important is not the mechanical means of communicating but the spirit and joy with which your thoughts and feelings are put into words.” -Leonard L. Knott
Congratulations! So, you are writing a story!