Among the stories offered to inspire thoughtful reflection and conversation to listeners are:
Examples of Traditional Fare:
Little Red Riding Hood:
A version of this fateful tale can be found in many cultures and offer a greater a message than that provided by Golden Book which hardly went beyone "listen to your mother" and "stay on the path."
I tell the story based on the Grimm version which offers a wholly different message in two parts: Part 1 is the learning; Part 2 applies what is learned. Themes: wisdom, community, experience
The Black Bowl
This Japanese folktale eloquently details the plight of girls and women whose prettiness is not a blessing, but a curse and, in doing so, illuminates our human nature to objectify ourselves and others. Themes: otherness, jealousy, diligence
Philamandre chronicles a complex and unresolved relationship between mother and child, alongside the power of love and forgiveness. Themes: family, forgiveness, community
There are many stories that expound ideals of empowerment.
Programs are assembled for length and content according to the audience.
"political steps for the empowerment of women"
A Story Concert and more...
MYOB: Mind Your Own Body is a storytelling initiative to talk the walk and walk the talk toward legalizing the inalienable rights of women and others over their own bodies without shame or prejudice.
Moreover, it is a testament that stories have the power to shape the world.
Stories include fable, folk, fairy, and personal prose. While the overarching theme is based on the plight of women as a means to affect change, the specific stories and programs are fluid to allow for appropriate content for a wide range of audiences and venues.
I hope to empower audiences to listen to the stories of others, to give pause for reflection, and to make their own voices heard.
Together we can make a difference.
If you would like to share your story, please contact me below.
Let's be brave. Sharing stories leads to understanding. It takes a willingness to listen and a courage to tell.
If you would like to support this initiative, please contact me.