D is for Golden Duck–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019DWe 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 Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Duck-

You probably thought I would say “Golden Goose” but these two stories truly feature a “Golden Duck” and there are no eggs involved.

Czechoslvak – http://oaks.nvg.org/czech14.html#golduc

50-word-or-less summary:

Raduz, fourth son of king sent out into world. Comes upon witch family. Ludmilla, daughter, helps in three impossible tasks (while sharing her lunch). Witch-mother plan to boil Raduz (wicked lunch). Raduz and Ludmilla run away. Witch-father chases. Disguises. Witch-mother goes. Ludmilla turns into golden duck. Curse. Forgetfulness. Faithfulness. Marriage.

Poland – http://geowonderland.blogspot.com/2011/11/golden-duck.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Golden duck protects lake’s treasure. Complete task and gold is yours. Take bag of gold and only spend of oneself in one day. Deal. Shoes. Meal. Carriage/horse. One coin left. Beggar. Everything disappears. Beggar says man has good heart. Duck says deal lost. Man finds dream in becoming shoemaker. Happy.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

Xaern – A to Z Blog Challenge

South England Coast--Steve EvansVersión en Español se puede encontrar a continuación o haga clic aquí para ir allí. Haga clic en mí para saltar a la parte española.  Support the free Story Crossroads Festival by giving today.

This post is part of the A to Z Blog Challenge.  See more at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.

So what in the world does “xaern” mean?  When choosing an “x” word, I enjoyed the meaning that an anonymous person from Florida created as part of a “Build Your Own Dictionary” challenge.  This person said that “xaern” was “to enjoy something so much you begin to hate how much you like it.” (click here to see for yourself)

I pondered on this verb and how it applied to how I feel about storytelling.  Do I love the art so much even to the point of hating how much I love it?  What about you?

Love about Storytelling

Storytelling is the great connector of human beings.  From conflict resolutions to creative solutions, the art of storytelling has a way.

Everything in life is more enjoyable with stories.  Rather than being lectured to death, everyone perks up to some degree when moments and story snippets are shared.  People complain about the “back in my day” type of stories often connected with discipline.  That is only because of the tone they are delivered.  Otherwise, we might be wishing to get in trouble knowing we had a story time on the brink.

I love how telling stories is so natural.  People keep thinking that my own kids got it from me–this professional storyteller–and I must explain that this talent of theirs was before me.  We adopted them through foster care so they were ages 2 and 4 at the time and already had a grasp on language and narrative.  Even if we were the birth parents, each of them are imbued with talents.  Though storytelling is a folk and a fine art, all people have some fascination to tell stories…even the shy ones.

I could go on and on to the size of a dissertation.  I figured you have got the idea.  You know your own reasons for loving storytelling.

Hate about Storytelling

So I am obsessed with everything story.  Humans naturally think in stories though I go much more than that and think about the art itself constantly.

Talent show choice for the kids?  Of course, they would choose storytelling.

Helping kids with math problems?  Oh, look at these mini stories.  I wonder how to expand them.

Someone is talking to me about their vacation in some place?  I automatically think of the folktales I know of that area (or that I need to know more from that area).

Time for bedtime?  We need stories.

Some moment to do my own thing?  Let me see what else can be done to further the art.

Yeah, I kind of hate how storytelling takes over my mind.

Let me be clear.  I xaern the art of storytelling!

We appreciate Steve Evans granting permission to use the picture he took of this South England Coast that has several emotions connected to it.  You can find all of his images here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/babasteve/.

Aquí lo tiene.
South England Coast--Steve Evans


Lo que en el mundo no “xaern”? Cuando se elige una palabra “x”, me gustó el significado que una persona anónima desde Florida creado como parte de un “diccionario” Construye tu propio desafío. Esta persona dijo que “xaern” era “para disfrutar de algo mucho empezar a odiar a cuánto le gusta”. (haga clic aquí para comprobarlo)

Meditaba sobre este verbo y cómo se aplican a cómo me siento acerca de la narración. No me gusta el arte tanto hasta el punto de odiar a cuánto me encanta? ¿Qué acerca de usted?

Amor Acerca de la Narración

Narración es el conector grande de seres humanos. De resolución de conflictos para las soluciones creativas, el arte de la narración tiene una forma.

Todo en la vida es más agradable con historias. En lugar de ser enseñado a muerte, todos los extras, hasta cierto grado, cuando los momentos y fragmentos de historia son compartidos. Las personas se quejan de la “Jornada” de vuelta en mi tipo de historias suelen estar vinculados con la disciplina. Eso es sólo porque el tono que se entregan. De lo contrario, podríamos estar deseando tener problemas sabiendo que teníamos una historia tiempo al borde del abismo.

Me encanta cómo contar historias es tan natural. Hay gente que sigue pensando que mis propios hijos obtenía de mí–Este narrador profesional–y debo explicar que este talento de suyo estaba delante de mí. Se adoptó a través de acogimiento, por lo que eran las edades 2 y 4, en el momento y ya tenía una idea sobre el lenguaje y la narrativa. Incluso si fuéramos los padres, cada uno de ellos están imbuidos de talentos. Aunque el cuento es un folk y una forma de arte, todas las personas tenemos cierta fascinación para contar historias…incluso los tímidos.

Podría seguir y seguir, hasta el tamaño de una tesis doctoral. Me imaginé que tienes la idea. Usted sabe sus propias razones para amar la narración.

Odio las Historias

Así que estoy obsesionado con todo lo que cuento. Los seres humanos naturalmente pensar en historias aunque me vaya mucho más que eso y pensar en el arte en sí constantemente.

Show de talentos de elección para los niños? Por supuesto, elegirían la narración.

Ayudar a los niños con problemas de matemáticas? Oh, mire estas mini historias. Me pregunto cómo ampliarlos.

Alguien está hablando a mí acerca de sus vacaciones en algún lugar? Yo creo automáticamente de los relatos que conozco de esa zona (o que necesito saber más de esa zona).

Tiempo para dormir? Necesitamos historias.

Algunos instantes para hacer mis propias cosas? Déjame ver qué más se puede hacer para promover el arte.

Sí, tengo gusto de odio cómo la narración lleva más de mi mente.

Permítanme ser claro. Yo xaern el arte de la narración de cuentos!

Apreciamos Steve Evans la concesión de permiso para utilizar la foto que tomó de esta costa sur de Inglaterra que tiene varias emociones conectados a él. Puede encontrar todas sus imágenes aquí: https://www.flickr.com/photos/babasteve/.