Ringling was my first introduction to show business and I still LOVE the circus. What a great metaphor for life—the highwire (life is all about balance), the lion tamer (life is dangerous, best to know that going in), the acrobats (strength is good, but grace is even better), and clowns (Smile! Count it all joy, and smile!).
If you go to this year's festival looking for a seasoned storyteller with a rich, resonant voice who focuses on family, then Jim is your man.
We are surrounded by stories in our lives. How can we listen with love to those we care about?
If you want to get more out of your storytelling festival experience, whether as a festival attendee or as a performer, practice listening.
“It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, Who are you building out of the story in your head?
We’re busy, busy, busy! The Timpanogos Storytelling Institute offers storytelling concerts, workshops, contests and school programs, not only during our annual festival, but throughout the year. Recent events have included the Utah’s Biggest Liar Contest, and concerts by Charlotte Blake Alston, Kim Weitcamp, Donald Davis and Steffani Raff. Our current offering is a Bil Lepp telling tall tales at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens on May 4.
In the stories that we tell and the stories we seek out we can look for truth as well as hope.
So, you want to build a story from personal experiences but you didn’t keep a journal? All is not lost. Categorical memory triggers, or journal prompts can help you remember and rebuild past events and moments.