Fairy Tale Confidential

Mwahahahahaha!  Welcome to the Dark Side of Fairy tales. We ALL know fairy tales.  There is a quest, and a princess – or a damsel – and a hero, and a villain, and a struggle and, poof!, at the end everything works out.  And, they are sweet and innocent and innocuous.  Or, are they??

Spend any time on Fairy Tale Lobby, a blog hosted by LVSG member Megan Hicks and Mary Grace Ketner, and these “harmless” stories display the conflicted emotions of the psyche.  Charles Kiernan, LVSG Coordinator, posts an in depth monthly examination of Grimm’s tales, on his Fairy Tale blog.  Fairy tales may have been our ancestors answer to psycho therapy, since these stories delve into all the neuroses and abominable behavior of human existence.  These stories also guided and counseled our forebears with examples of problem solving and shining virtue.

If you hope to learn more,LVSG story lover member, Chris Ochs, will offer his talk, “Everything You Know About Fairy Tales Is WRONG”, at various Lehigh Valley libraries in March.  Check our calendar for times and places.  Note:  Ochs’ talk is NOT for young children.

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Resolution #1:  Tell stories every day!  What does the new year hold?  Hope or harm?  How can we make our lives and the lives of those around us better?  Telling – and listening to – stories helps.  This short article by K. Sean Buvala gives a little insight into how.  The stories we hear most often shape the way we look at the world, our opinions of ourselves and others, and how we solve the problems we meet each day.

Give thanks for the Children’s Storytelling Series

The Children’s Storytelling Series returns to Godfrey Daniels in barely a month and a half.   On January 15th at 2 pm, Rob Aptaker will open the 2017 Children’s Storytelling Series with tales of nature, heroes and magic in the Native American tradition.

The Children’s Storytelling Series will continue on every first and third Sunday and finish up on April 2nd.  Godfrey Daniels is located at 7 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015.



Author! Author!

Congratulations to Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild member, Robin Reichert, on the publication of her new book, Earth Divine; Adventures of an Everyday Mystic.  “Here is the journey of a woman, once frightened of life, whose persistent faith and interaction with nature altered her perspective.”  Robin’s memoir shows her spiritual quest and growth through interactions with nature, with mentors, and with the faith practices and cultures of indigenous people.         Earthdivine

We know Robin to be in touch with the Divine – a gentle and gifted storyteller.  To order her book, visit CreateSpace, https://www.createspace.com/6446853.

Lehigh U. Students Collecting Stories from their Neighbors

Lehigh University students are collecting stories from their neighbors.  Read about it in this article from the Express-Times.