E is for Evading Elephants – A to Z Blog Challenge

We are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/). The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Beating the Odds…Lucky Folktales Around the World to Brighten Your Day. Each post highlights that the stars aligned and what would have normally been…bad…turned out after all. Considering what we – as humankind – have experienced the past year, how nice is it to remember that all of us can “beat the odds” to some level in our lives.

And we’ll admit now…some are actually myths, legends, or epics rather than only limited to folktales. So is that a type of “loading the dice”? Ah, but the stories were too wonderful to pass by.


From Botswana

Where can you find the most elephants in Africa? Yes, Botswana. Despite this fact, the elephant population is declining due to anobacteria developing exponentially within the water supply. Here is an article about this mystery from BBC, published September 21, 2020. While the folktale focuses on the danger of elephants, keep in mind that elephants are facing their own battles by and beyond humans.

What makes elephants dangerous?

Most of the time elephants are gentle creatures, though any creature can cause harm. Bull elephants are most dangerous in musth when getting older and having 60 times the amount of testosterone levels. When an elephant becomes aggressive it can charge at 30 mph and can weigh as much as 13,000 pounds. While this documentary was featuring elephants in India, it can give a feel for how dangerous can be: https://youtu.be/LjSM3jLsymw. Now, I happen to have a friend who LOVES elephants. I love them, too. So I bring up this story as this was still trouble that was faced in this folktale.

50-words-or-less summary:

Elephants smash family’s pumpkins. Elephants too dangerous and grandparents say to move. Brother volunteers youngest boy to get inside largest pumpkin. Bull elephant swallows pumpkin with boy inside it. Boy cuts out through knife. Emerges from elephant. Scares elephant herd away. Family’s farm saved.

That boy was lucky to survive the stomach of an elephant! The family was lucky to keep the farm and livelihood. Interesting how lucky and unlucky go hand in hand…like unlucky to be small enough to fit in a pumpkin and be swallowed by an elephant. Hopefully you are lucky quickly after those unlucky times in life.

Finding the Story and Background:

“The Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales” by Alexander McCall Smith pp. 29-35 can be found online to purchase here – https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Who-Married-Lion-Africa/dp/0375423125

Video of elephants smashing/eating pumpkins: https://youtu.be/mOWBwFqltYA


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Cap’s Off to You!–Legacy: Fables Adventure Studio- and Celebrating Story

Legacy-Fables collage with logoFeaturing:  Legacy: Fables Adventure Studio – and Celebrating Story

Role-playing Studio with Immersive Environments and Captivating Narrators

Legacy: Fables is a unique choose-your-own-adventure storytelling experience for groups of 4-6 people at a time in an intimate setting with enthralling ambiance to boost the imagination in Provo, Utah.  I was in shock when this organization slipped by my ever-alert storytelling radar as this organization made many appearances at role-playing and comic conventions.  While establishing themselves in 2017, the official opening was September 24, 2019.  I came upon Legacy: Fables when researching different family passes available in the Wasatch area.  This particular one had me pouring over their website and videos.  I got to chat with Alysha Milligan, who works alongside her husband Rob-whom you could call the mastermind, as well as partner Zack Barker and other dedicated people.  The vision and potential of this already-wonderful organization thrills me, and I encourage you to go and be part of the story yourself.  We are also excited to work with Legacy: Fables for our 5th Annual Festival on May 13, 2020 where they can give a taste of what happens during a studio session/adventure.

Interview before Legacy: Fables had their grand opening on September 24, 2019.  We received permission to re-publish this interview with adaptations in brackets.  Clicking here also gives you an under-2-minute video on what Legacy: Fables is like.

In 3-4 sentences, how would you introduce someone to Legacy Fables who has never heard of it?

Fables is a first-of-it’s-kind Adventure Studio where you can become the hero or villain of an epic tale. Our talented narrators guide the guests through a story but leave it to them to make the choices the protagonist would usually make. This can change the plot drastically and results in each guest to walk away with a story that is entirely their own.

What sparked the idea for Legacy Fables? What inspired it?

Years ago, Rob played a game called Dungeons and Dragons and hated it. It was too complicated and didn’t know much about it. Honestly, he hated it. Years later, he rediscovered it through a show called Critical Role, which portrays a deep and emotional adventure driven by several talented voice actors. He tried it again and discovered that it was an experience that anybody could love. Now he’s introduced many people to the merits of group storytelling but wanted to bring it to more people. Fables is a place where groups can go on immersive adventures together without the burden of learning several books worth of rules.

Please describe the experience(s) a customer can expect to have. How long is it? Is it one room? What do they see? What do they do?

When guests enter Fables, they will be checked in by a Fables Concierge. While waiting for their experience to begin, guests can explore the Emporium, a Victorian style collector’s den full of various strange artifacts and objects from other worlds — with several secrets hidden throughout. When the time comes, they will be ushered to their room. Our first and current offering is our fantasy experience, where guests will be seated at a table illuminated by candlelight in the Broken Shield Tavern. The setting is further support by both sounds and smells As they take their seat, they will be introduced to their proxies in the story and the narrator begin setting the first scene.

Why should people want to come to your establishment?

Come here to get away from screens and make a real human connection with other people, make new friends, and in general invigorate your creativity. When you read a book, see a movie, or play a game, you take on the role of an observer: someone who simply watches the story unfold. Your mood, opinions, and ideals have no sway on the plot. You rejoice in someone else’s successes and mourn their failures. But you’re often left wondering what it would be like to be the hero. You can experience heroism here.

What artistic elements went into creating these experiences? (set design, props, actors, costumes, voices, lighting, sound effects, special effects, music?)

All of the above. We have no background in production ourselves but through research and trial and error crafted the Tavern and the Collectors Den. We created our, room by hand as well as many of our props. The sound effects and lighting are all part of our original set design. Our Narrators, also called Watchers, wear handmade leather outfits crafted by a local artisan. Each Watcher was selected based on skills steeped in improvisation and storytelling.

What makes Legacy Fables unique compared to any other experience-based adventures?

Rather than interacting with characters of another world you get to BE the characters upon which the entire narrative rests.

Any fun facts you’d like mentioned?

One fun thing that just happened was Brandon Sanderson’s personal staff come through! They left us beaming reviews on Google and Instagram. If you don’t know, Brandon Sanderson is a New York Times Best Selling Author that also teaches at [Brigham Young University] as a give back to the community.  My husband is the writer for our business and studied under Mr. Sanderson so it was a huge honor for us when they wanted to come through and even better when they LOVED the storytelling aspects!

For those interested in sharing their experience with others, we offer the ability to live stream their experience to services like Twitch. It’s like being the star of your own show.

How much does it cost? Are there group rates?

For one hour it is $22.50 but, for a limited time, we’re offering a discount at $18 and will further discount the price if you bring a full party of 6 people. The full party discount is $15 a person. Participation in our Opening event discounts our Season Passes which are $250 for 12 sessions.

Did I miss something you’d like included or mentioned?

We offer a Give-Back program to the Community. Part of the admission to our rooms goes to fund monthly workshops focused on several “Makerspace” type initiatives. We focus on children but are not limiting the workshops to a specific age range. Those interested in writing books, sculpting clay, or bringing ideas to life will be given a place to create and connect with others similarly minded for free during 2-hour sessions guided by a Master in their craft.

Basic Info:

Legacy Fables: Adventure Studio

443 North University Avenue, Provo, UT

Robert Milligan




@legacyfables on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube


So toss, tip, or take off your cap to Legacy: Fables!

Remember, we also have year-round events such as the monthly house concerts and the 5th Annual Story Crossroads Festival that will be on May 13, 2020.  Give back to Story Crossroads by donating through the #GivingTuesday Facebook Fundraiser from December 3, 2019 to December 17, 2019.

Cap’s Off to You! Julie Jensen and Celebrating Story

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Julie Jensen

Featuring:  Julie Jensen

Mom, Volunteer & Storyteller from UT

Julie Jensen brings her whole family to the art of storytelling.  Her children see how much she delights in crafting a tale, and this example lights the way for them.   Some of her youth have told stories before audiences or even to help train up-and-coming story coaches.  One time, she and her children told an impromptu story about aluminum cans and the great debate of stomping with feet or using the can crusher.  This normal chore became a laughing fest for those who listened that day.  I can imagine the fun stories shared around the Jensen kitchen table.

So enjoy the past, present, and future influences of storytelling in Julie’s life.

Rachel:  What drew you to storytelling/stories?

Julie:  After attending my first storytelling festival (Weber State University Storytelling Festival in February of 2012), I fell in love with storytelling. I have always enjoyed reading and getting drawn into a story. With storytelling, it is like that, but on a different level. You might be sitting in a large auditorium full of people, but somehow it feels personal and intimate. It is more than entertainment; it is sharing in a special way. I knew I wanted to be a part of that — to help people feel that, too.

Rachel:  What are some of your favorite stories? Why?

Julie:  Although I rarely tell them, I love personal tales the best. There’s so much to take from them. You can discover similarities as well as differences. You can view the world from a different perspective. You learn things about different times and places. It is a genre that I still want to discover how to tell for myself — and maybe that is why I appreciate someone else’s telling so very much more.

Rachel:  How have you seen the influence of stories and storytelling in what you do now (if at all)?

Julie:  Telling stories is such a powerful way of teaching. In my roles as a mother, Cub Scout leader, helper in classrooms, and others, there is always a call for teaching. I try to remember to use stories, often intermixed with song, as an element in teaching. I have also used it in my home as an activity to draw my children closer to me by sharing stories together.

Rachel:  What are your plans for storytelling/using stories in the future?   

Julie:  I’m always trying to add to the type and style of story I tell. Like I said before, I want to learn to tell good personal stories. Part of that is just practice and telling to audiences to see what works and what doesn’t. I’ve also been trying to “learn” to tell more impromptu stories. It is really stretching my brain to come up with things on the spot!

Rachel:  Anything you would like to add about the importance of storytelling?

Julie:  I don’t want to be redundant, but I just love the special, personal connections that are made through sharing stories. The part of me that enjoys learning about my family history loves learning the stories of my ancestors and feeling like they are really FAMILY. Laughing along with others at humorous tales, feeling the wonder of a fantastical story, being frightened at a scary story together, and sighing in relief at the end of an adventure: they are all connections. Family connections, community connections, human connections — they are important to strengthen and build. We learn more, experience more, love more. It is a beautiful thing.

Thank you to the permissions of Julie to do this interview as well as the use of her picture.

We appreciate Julie sharing her experience and influence with storytelling.  You have those moments, too.

Here is why:

Julie has a story.  You have a story.  We all have stories.

Aquí lo tiene.
Julie Jensen

Con: Julie Jensen

Mamá, Voluntario y Narrador de UT

Julie Jensen aporta toda su familia con el arte de la narración.  Sus hijos ver cuánto ella se deleita en la elaboración de un cuento, y este ejemplo ilumina el camino para ellos.   Algunos de sus jóvenes tienen contaron historias ante audiencias o incluso para ayudar a capacitar a historia entrenadores.  Una vez, ella y sus hijos le dijo a una improvisada historia acerca de latas de aluminio y el gran debate de pisoteando con pies o utilizando el can crusher.  Este quehacer normal se convirtió en una risa fest para aquellos que escucharon ese día.  Me puedo imaginar la diversión compartida historias alrededor de la mesa de la cocina de Jensen.

Así que disfrute de los pasados, presentes y futuros de las influencias de la narración de cuentos en la vida de Julie.

Rachel:  Lo que le atrajo a la narración/historias?

Julie:  Después de asistir a mi primer storytelling Festival (Festival de Narración de Weber State University en Febrero de 2012), me enamoré de la narración. Siempre he disfrutado de la lectura y la obtención de dibujado en una historia. Con la narración de cuentos, es igual, pero en un nivel diferente. Usted podría estar sentado en un gran auditorio lleno de gente, pero de alguna manera se siente íntimo y personal. Es más que entretenimiento; es compartir de una manera especial. Yo sabía que quería ser parte de eso– para ayudar a la gente a sentir que, demasiado.

Rachel:  ¿Cuáles son algunas de tus historias favoritas? ¿Por qué?

Julie:  Aunque yo rara vez decirles, me encantan los relatos personales de los mejores. Hay mucho que sacar de ellas. Usted puede descubrir similitudes y diferencias. Usted puede ver el mundo desde una perspectiva diferente. Usted aprenderá cosas acerca de distintas épocas y lugares. Es un género que todavía quiero descubrir cómo saber para mí — y quizá por eso aprecio alguien dice mucho más.

Rachel: ¿Cómo han visto la influencia de historias y cuentos en lo que haces ahora (si en todos)?

Julie:  Contar historias es una forma poderosa de la enseñanza. En mis funciones como madre, Cub Scout Líder, ayudante en las aulas y otros, siempre hay una llamada para la enseñanza. Yo intente recordar utilizar historias, frecuentemente entremezcladas con la canción, como un elemento de enseñanza. También he usado en mi casa como una actividad para llamar a mis hijos cerca de mí por compartir historias juntos.

Rachel:  ¿Cuáles son tus planes para la narración/usar historias en el futuro?

Julie:  Siempre estoy tratando de agregar el tipo y el estilo de historia que contar. Como he dicho antes, quiero aprender a contar buenas historias personales. La parte de que se trata de practicar y diciéndole a las audiencias para ver qué funciona y qué no funciona. También he estado tratando de “aprender” para explicar más historias improvisadas. Es realmente estirar mi cerebro a venir para arriba con las cosas sobre el terreno!

Rachel:  Cualquier cosa que le gustaría añadir acerca de la importancia de la narración?

Julie:  Yo no quiero ser redundante, pero me encanta la especial, las conexiones personales que se realizan a través de compartir historias. La parte de mí que disfruta de aprender acerca de la historia de mi familia le encanta aprender las historias de mis antepasados y sentir que realmente son familia. Riendo, junto con otros, en el humor cuentos, sintiendo la maravilla de un cuento fantástico, asustarse en una historia de miedo juntos, y suspirando en relieve al final de una aventura: son todas las conexiones. Las conexiones familiares, relaciones comunitarias, conexiones humanas — son importantes para fortalecer y construir. Aprendemos más, experimentan más, amar más. Es una cosa hermosa.

Gracias a los permisos de Julie para hacer esta entrevista, así como el uso de su imagen.

Apreciamos Julie compartiendo su experiencia e influencia con la narración. Tienes esos momentos, también.

Aquí está por qué:

Julie tiene una historia. Usted tiene una historia. Todos tenemos historias.

Middle-Aged Memories (Day 13–A-Z Blog Challenge)

Raff FamilyEnjoy all of these A-Z Blog Challenge posts. Versión en Español se puede encontrar a continuación o haga clic aquí para ir allí. Haga clic en mí para saltar a la parte española. Also look forward to the Story Crossroads crowdsourcing campaign May 1, 2015.

“M” is for Middle-Aged Memories.

Steffani Raff and I approach those middle-aged years.  She has six children as young as a newborn and as old as teenagers.  I have two boys within or on the brink of elementary-school times.  We are both active in the storytelling world while balancing family life.  We are in the business of preserving the memories of those around us.  Sometimes our own memories go by the wayside during those middle-aged years.

Depending on who you talk to, middle-age can range from the years of 40 to 65.  Some would rather that those middle-aged years start at age 45 despite the “Over the Hill” celebration at age 40.  On the summit of that hill, those 40-year-old people get to reflect on the awesomeness of their lives.

Steffani and I agreed that when we were both kids, it was “Me Time.”  We saw the world as our playground and imagined anything.  When eventually we become seniors, it will be another “Me Time.”  We would have developed life experiences, gained wisdom, and know how we best want to use our time in celebration.  During the years of raising a family, it is an “Us Time.”  Yes, there will be a little “Me Time,” though most time will be given happily to children, spouse, friends, and other family members.

Here are some of those “Us Time” Memories typical for the Middle-Aged:

  • Encouraging Children’s Educational Achievements from Elementary to High School
  • Balancing Freedom with Responsibility for Teens
  • Launching Kids into Adulthood
  • Re-focusing on Marriage Relationship
  • Building Connections Between Younger and Older Kin
  • Developing Role and Purpose with the Community

This “Us Time” is a healthy part of being a human being.

In response to an article written about her in The Herald Newspaper, Steffani RaffRaff Family Photo 11-2014 said:

My choice to focus on my family was the happiest choice for me because it is the most true to who I am. In fact, being a mother has become the “why” behind the other things I choose to do. The joy I feel in nurturing my children swallows up the feeling of longing to travel around the world telling stories. I believe our purpose in life is to find and develop our gifts; and joy comes when we bless others with those gifts. There are many opportunities to share stories here (even beyond the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival), the most powerful of those places being my own home.

Recognize the gifts you have to share for your time in life.

If you have yet to experience the middle age years, then look forward to these moments.

If you are living them, then take part of that “Me Time” and record these moments somehow.  With the rush of life, sometimes writing down is not the best option.  You can get apps on your phone to record audio memos.  Maybe your spouse or one of your teenagers could do short video clips with your phone about your day.  Even your Kindergartner could push that button to record.

Do something. 

For when you get to those senior years, you might be a little busy with that phase of life to delve into the middle aged years.  Or you could be reading this and saying, “I am in my senior years!”

Congratulations!  You are loved and revered.  Now share some of those life experiences that made you who you are today.

No more excuses.  No matter your age.  Make and preserve those memories.

We are thankful to Steffani Raff for giving permission to post this picture of her family in the fields that was photographed by Hanah Warburton (see www.hanahwarburtonphotography.com).  We also thank for permission to post the other family picture taken by themselves.

Aquí lo tiene.

Raff Family

Mediana Edad recuerdos

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Steffani Raff y me acercan a los de mediana edad años.  Ella tiene seis niños de tan sólo un recién nacido, y tan antiguo como los adolescentes.  Tengo dos chicos dentro o al borde de escuela elemental.  Estamos trabajando activamente tanto en la narración mundo al tiempo que se mantiene el equilibrio entre vida familiar.  Estamos en el negocio de preservar los recuerdos de los que nos rodean.  A veces, nuestras propias memorias ir por el camino durante los años de edad media.

Dependiendo de a quien le habla, de mediana edad pueden variar desde los años de 40 a 65 años.  Algunos preferirían que las personas de edad media años empezar a la edad de 45 años a pesar de la “Colina de la celebración de los 40 años de edad.  En la cumbre de la colina, a los 40 años de edad las personas se reflejan en la magnificencia de sus vidas.

Steffani y yo estuvimos de acuerdo en que cuando estuvimos los dos niños, que era “Mi tiempo.”  Hemos visto el mundo como el patio de recreo y se imaginó nada.  Cuando finalmente nos convertimos en personas mayores, será otro “Mi tiempo.”  se han desarrollado experiencias de la vida, adquirida sabiduría, y de saber cómo es la mejor manera para aprovechar nuestro tiempo en la celebración.  Durante los años de criar a una familia, es un “nosotros”,  sí, habrá un poco de “Mi Tiempo”, aunque la mayoría se dará tiempo felizmente a los niños, cónyuge, amigos, y otros miembros de la familia.

Aquí están algunos de los “Nosotros” recuerdos típicos de la mediana edad :

  • Fomentar los logros educativos de los niños desde la primaria hasta la secundaria
  • Equilibrio entre libertad con responsabilidad para Adolescentes
  • Lanzamiento Los Niños en la edad adulta
  • Volver a centrarse en el matrimonio
  • Crear conexiones entre los ancianos y los jóvenes familiares
  • Papel en desarrollo y propósito con la comunidad

Este “nosotros” es una parte sana de ser un ser humano.

En respuesta a un artículo escrito sobre ella en el diario The Herald, Steffani Raff dijo:Raff Family Photo 11-2014

Mi elección para centrarme en mi familia es la más feliz para mí porque es la más fiel a quien soy. De hecho, ser madre se ha convertido en el “por qué” detrás de las otras cosas que hacer. La alegría que siento en la crianza de mis hijos se traga el sentimiento de anhelo de viajar por todo el mundo contando historias. Creo que nuestro objetivo en la vida es encontrar y desarrollar nuestros dones y gozo viene cuando nos bendecir a otros con esos dones. Hay muchas oportunidades para compartir historias aquí (incluso más allá de la narración Timpanogos Caves quedan Festival), el más poderoso de los lugares que mi propia casa.

Reconocer los dones para compartir su tiempo en la vida.

Si usted todavía no lo ha experimentado la edad media años, espero que estos momentos.

Si estás viviendo, luego de que “Mi Tiempo” y grabar esos momentos de alguna manera.  Con la prisa de la vida, a veces por escrito no es la mejor opción.  Puede obtener las aplicaciones de tu teléfono para grabar audio memos.  Es posible que su cónyuge o uno de sus hijos adolescentes podrían hacer vídeo clips cortos con el teléfono de su día.  Incluso su Kindergarten podría empujar el botón de grabar.

Hacer algo. 

Para cuando llegues a aquellos altos años, usted puede ser que sea un poco ocupada con la etapa de la vida para profundizar en la edad media.  O usted podría estar leyendo esto, diciendo: “Yo estoy en mi año! “.

¡Enhorabuena!  Eres amado y venerado.  Ahora comparten algunas de esas experiencias de vida que hace que lo que es hoy.

No hay más excusas.  No importa tu edad.  Hacer y conservar los recuerdos.

Estamos muy agradecidos a Steffani Raff para dar permiso de publicar la foto de su familia en los campos en los que fue fotografiado por Hanah Warburton (véase www.hanahwarburtonphotography.com). También damos las gracias al permiso para publicar la otra familia foto tomadas por ellos mismos.

Culture Connections (Day 3–A-Z Blog Challenge)

Jaden with painted handsEnjoy all of these A-Z Blog Challenge posts. Versión en Español se puede encontrar a continuación o haga clic aquí para ir allí. Haga clic en mí para saltar a la parte española. Also look forward to the Story Crossroads crowdsourcing campaign May 1, 2015.

“C” is for Culture Connections.

Along that journey of life, we meet people who impact our lives.  They share their culture with us and we share our culture with them.  We make connections.

Except when we don’t.

I am amazed at the many cultural groups I had no idea existed in the neighborhood until about a year ago.  How can I be surrounded by such a diverse group of people—walk, talk, breath in this community—and not be aware of them?  Always, these cultural groups plan, organize, and invite others to learn about their practices and philosophies through events or gatherings.  I need to pause and explore all these groups have to offer.

And then I did.

I did not go alone.  I took my two boys aged five and seven.  Songs sounded upon the air as we celebrated the eight tribal nations of Utah during Indigenous Day held at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City.  That museum had a traveling exhibit on the Horse and all its wonders.  Everyone at that event felt how fitting it was to have Indigenous Day there considering the influence of that four-legged friend.

After several of the presentations, my boys scrambled for their turns to create their own Fremont tribe figurines from clay.  They scratched into that clay and did their best to match the example.  It was a cycle of the boys in serious contemplation, short bursts of delighted laughter, and then one with the focus.

I noted the youth of the Ute tribe from the Granite and Nebo School Districts who danced the traditional dances.  I heard that the youth attended rehearsals to learn the history of those dances.  The stories of the past brought about a reverence for what they did before our eyes.  How I wished to know those stories, too.  And for my boys.  And for all the people in that museum.   Shirlee Silversmith, Director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, promised to guide us with Story Crossroads on how to go about turning that wish to reality.

Nubian Story TellersOn another day later that month, the boys and I attended one of the Nubian Story Tellers event.  Despite living in Utah for over 10 years, I had never heard of the Nubian Storytellers of Utah Leadership (NSOUL).  I was active with the Utah Storytelling Guild yet I did not know this group?  I was shocked and confused.  We all loved storytelling and the idea of not knowing of the NSOUL existence kept my head shaking for days.  I still get twitches on that today.  Every since knowing, I invited people from the NSOUL to the Community Planning Meetings for Story Crossroads.

As for the Nubian Story Tellers event, I was anxious to have my boys create cultural connections alongside me.  Oh, how my youngest boy was shy when before the performance he had the chance to talk with Baba Jamal Koram.  Baba took care to smile and look to my son’s way as he spun his tales of magic and freedom.  By the end of that concert, both of my boys begged me to buy his CDs or books or something that they could call their own.

Yet, I cherished what happened during that concert between my youngest boy and a lady named Joan Nabors.  Joan had told a story at one of the Story Crossroads Community Planning Meetings so I was pleased that she sat next to our family during the concert.  My youngest was enthralled by her wooden bracelets.  Joan recognized my son’s fascination and soon his little hands were in her hands, with fingers dancing about like pretend spiders.  Then Joan handed that bracelet to him and he held it with care and understood the responsibility that weighed in his palms.

My boy made many friends that night.  First with Baba.  Next with Joan.  Then with all the others in the room.

I reflected on our time on Indigenous Day and then there with the Nubian Story Tellers event.  I knew that these heart-grabbing moments would be re-created as we continued work with Story Crossroads.

Aquí lo tiene.
Jaden with painted handsConexiones Culturales

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A lo largo de este viaje de la vida, encontramos personas que afectan nuestras vidas.  Ellos comparten su cultura con nosotros y compartir nuestra cultura con ellos.  Podemos realizar las conexiones.

Excepto cuando no lo hacemos.

Me sorprende ver a los muchos grupos culturales que no tenía ni idea existía en el barrio hasta que hace aproximadamente un año.  ¿Cómo puedo estar rodeado de un grupo tan diverso de personas de caminar, hablar, respirar en esta comunidad y no ser conscientes de ellos?  Siempre, estos grupos culturales planificar, organizar, e invitamos a otros a aprender acerca de sus filosofías y prácticas a través de eventos o reuniones.  Tengo que hacer una pausa y explorar todos estos grupos tienen para ofrecer.

Y, a continuación, lo hice.

Yo no ir solo.  Me llevé a mis dos niños de cinco y siete.  Las canciones suenan en el aire como celebramos las ocho naciones tribales indígenas de Utah durante día se celebrará en el Museo de Historia Natural de Utah en Salt Lake City.  El museo tiene una exposición itinerante sobre el caballo, y todas sus maravillas.  Todos sentimos en ese evento lo oportuno que ha sido Día indígenas, considerando la influencia de la amiga de cuatro patas.

Después de varias de las exposiciones, mis chicos pelearse para sus vueltas para crear su propia tribu Fremont las figurillas de barro.  Los rayados en el barro y se hacían los mejores para que coincida con el ejemplo.  Es un ciclo de los niños en actitud reflexiva, breves ráfagas de risas, alegría y, a continuación, uno con el focus.

He tomado nota de la juventud de la Ute tribu de granito y Nebo distritos escolares que bailaban las danzas tradicionales.  He oído que los jóvenes asistieron a los ensayos para conocer la historia de los bailes.  Las historias del pasado de una reverencia a lo que hicieron ante nuestros ojos.  Cómo me gustaría saber esas historias, demasiado.  Y para mis chicos.  Y para todo el pueblo en el museo.   Shirlee Platero, Director de la Utah División de Asuntos Indios, prometido para que nos guíe con Historia Cruce de cómo se van a convertir a ese deseo con la realidad.

Nubian Story TellersEl otro día a finales de ese mes, los chicos y yo asistimos a uno de los narradores Nubia.  A pesar de estar viviendo en Utah, para más de 10 años, nunca había oído hablar de los nubios Narradores de Utah Liderazgo (NSOUL).  Yo era muy activo con la narración Utah Guild pero yo no sabía este grupo?  Yo estaba sorprendido y confundido.  A todos nos encantó la narración y la idea de no saber de la existencia NSOUL mantiene mi cabeza agitando durante días.  Todavía me tira en que en el día de hoy.  Desde el saber, me invitaba a la gente de la NSOUL a la Comunidad reuniones de planificación Historia encrucijada.

En cuanto a la Nubia cuentacuentos evento, yo estaba ansiosa de tener mis chicos crear conexiones culturales junto a mí.  Oh, cómo mi niño más pequeño era tímido cuando antes de la actuación que tuvo la oportunidad de hablar con Baba Jamal Koram.  Baba tuvo cuidado de sonreír y mirar a mi hijo la manera en la que lo ha hecho un trompo con su cuentos de magia y libertad.  Al final de ese concierto, tanto de mis chicos me rogaban a comprar su CD, libros o algo que se podría llamar propio.

Sin embargo, he apreciado lo que sucedió durante ese concierto entre mi niño más pequeño y una dama llamada Joan Nabors.  Joan había dicho una historia, en una encrucijada de la historia las reuniones de planificación comunitaria y me alegró que se sentó junto a nuestra familia durante el concierto.  El más joven fue cautivado por su madera brazaletes.  Joan reconoció mi hijo la fascinación y pronto las manos pequeñas se encontraban en sus manos, con los dedos como fingir bailar sobre las arañas.  A continuación, Joan que pulsera con él y se celebró con cuidado y entiende la responsabilidad que pesa en las palmas.

Mi chico hizo muchos amigos esa noche.  Primero con Baba.  Junto con Joan.  A continuación, con todos los demás en la habitación.

He reflexionado sobre nuestro tiempo en indígenas y, a continuación, en la Nubia cuentacuentos evento.  Yo sabía que estas agarrando momentos sería re-creado como hemos continuado trabajando con Historia encrucijada.