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Welcoming the New Year

Here it is 2014, and if you are like me, you might have made some resolutions, or perhaps if they weren’t formally put into a list, you may have mused over some ideas about what to do differently in the new year. You may have set some goals for yourself.

I have a tradition of getting together on New Year’s Eve with some friends. We eat our San Francisco traditional fresh cracked crab with sourdough bread and butter lettuce salad. We drink some champagne. As part of our evening, we also share a look back and a look forward. One of my friends has these Medicine Cards. We each shuffle the deck of cards and draw one. Then we read what the animal represents. One year, I got the turtle. It was telling me that I would be very deliberate about making decisions. And that year, during that timeframe that message resonated with me. Actually every year when we do this, it is always a different message from the cards and as we move around our circle of friends, it is interesting to see the cards that they draw and hear them talk about why the card feels like it has meaning or if it doesn’t.

Perhaps you have a New Year’s tradition that you could write about?

Think about it because it could be fun and it could help you to put your thoughts together as you move into 2014.

All the best to you!

Storytelling in the Woods, Fairy Tales

Here is a good story about a woman who is adapting fairy tales for today’s world. And guess how, with the old way of sending them through the mail. Yes that’s right, in an envelope, in the U.S. Mail.

When I open my mail, I only expect to see bills or promotional flyers that I chuck into the trash, not the bills of course, the promotional flyers. Those flyers are nearly as bad as telemarketing calls at dinner time in the evening, although not as intrusive. I suppose that only is true for those of us who have kept our land line.

This woman is carefully rewriting well-loved fairy tales and sending a monthly email to her audience packaged in twine with a local “wild treasure” which could be a bay leaf, a tiny piece of moss or some other item from the woods near her home. She rewrites 8,000 to 10,000-word fairy tales and ancient myths from around the world.

Here is a link to the article about her from the Marin Independent Journal.

Halloween in the Neighborhood

My neighbors, Brooks and Trevor have a Corgi. His name is Morty.

Morty has 1395 followers on Instagram and one day Trevor was walking Mort down the street and two teenagers pointed at him and said, “is that mortythecorgi?” And Trevor said yes, and they said, “we follow him on Instagram!”

Well, for Halloween Brooks and Trevor had lots of candy and decorations in their front yard and I was over there enjoying the evening with them.

Morty’s best friends are Togo and Misha who live on the other side of me. Below are some family photos . Sometimes in our neighborhood, we say that we live in Mortyville. For Halloween, Morty was Batman and Togo was Robin.

Welcome to the new TellOurLifeStories.com!

Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog site. The old blog will still continue to work and become an archive.

TellOurLifeStories.com has been redesigned and greatly simplified. There is still:

  • Free membership.
  • A secure login to protect your privacy.
  • A story collection that contains all the stories that you entered into the Story Collection on the other website. As with the old version of TellOurLifeStories.com, the Collection will only be able to be seen by website members.

How to Log in:

  • Those who have a story in the Story Collection will receive an email with instructions telling how to log in. if you have any questions at all, you can contact tellourlifestories @ gmail . com (no spaces).
  • Those members who have not submitted a story to the Story Collection can create a new username and password and then they can log in and see all the stories.

I hope that you like the new website and that you find it much easier to use with the same benefits you had before.

Please leave a comment if you have feedback, I welcome what you have to say!