The Art of Storytelling

The expression ‘American by birth, Southern by the Grace of God’, has never been more true for me than last night.

I was fortunate enough to have some good friends over for burgers and it wasn’t long at all before the storytelling began.

Now, I’m not saying that storytelling doesn’t go on in other parts of the country, but in the South it’s an art form. 

The stories started simply enough last nigh, talking about local musical legend Gamble Rogers and then more current musicians such as J. J. Gray.  Before long the stories topics became more varied: alligators, snakes, (most reptiles in general), growing up, school experiences, and comedian Jim Gaffigan

Now when we swapped stories, you can’t just TELL a good story; you HAVE to act it out as well.  Another thing so great about last night is that at no time when talking about the people involved in the stories were the people themselves judged or ridiculed.  The ideas the person had may not have been the best or smartest, but the person themselves were never insulted.

All in all, it was a fun-filled evening and helped light the writing fire under me again!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to The Art of Storytelling

  1. Erin says:

    I love a good story/ memories. I myself am a shocking story teller. I get too distracted and end up telling three different stories at once. Often they never really have a point and people are left asking “is that the end of your story?”

    I’m a great listener though and know just what you mean when you say no one was insulted. I’m glad you had such a great time and great people who helped make it happen.

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