My last day in Jonesborough at the International Storytelling center was wonderful. I taught a two hour workshop about literacy and storytelling.
I got a chance to visit the farmer's market.
It was strange to be in the town without the streets blocked, the crowds roaming everywhere, and the shops so full I couldn't enter. I'm glad I got to see Jonesborough as it is every other week of the year!
I had a great conversation with Susan O'connor. Drop her a line if you can. She had a burst pipe and a flooded kitchen when she got home from visiting her grandchildren. Send her some good energy.
Kiran was hanging out at a diner and I just happened to run into him. He was, as usual, hip deep in social activism - finding beds and shelter for people affected by Hurricane Harvey.
I met Krystal Hawkins who has stepped into Becky Brunson's massive shoes and is acquitting herself well.
I am both humbled and energized by my time as Teller-In-Residence.
The story of the rise of storytelling as a profession in our country is one that fills me with gratitude.
I am proud to be part of this continuum. I am honored to be a member of this community.
After my last show, a young man named Jay came up to me.
Jay: "Do you know Rives Collins?"
Me: "Yes! He is the reason I am a storyteller."
Jay: "Really? The reason why I'm here is because I had to see a professional storyteller and write a paper about it."
Me: "Cool! He's amazing."
Jay: "Not only that, you say you live in Durham, NC, right?"
Jay: "I was born in Durham, NC."
Me: "Durham Regional Hospital, right?"
Me: "My husband used to work there, and my daughter was born there."
Jay: "Wow. You know. I keep getting signs from the universe that maybe I should be a storyteller."
(He explained to me that he and Rives have the same middle name. It is an unconventional one!)
Me: "Do you want to be a storyteller?"
Jay: "Yeah. I think I do."
Me: "Well, let me tell you, this is a possible career. You can make a living at this."
Jay: "I'm thinking that this might be the way I want to go."
Me: "Good luck."
The story continues......