Recap of Reading at The Houndstooth Pub

21 Jun

 

 

 

 

 

Last Monday, June 13, I had the privilege of reading at the Houndstooth Pub.  My friend Jane, a fiction writer, was inspired by the Moth to create the storytelling event.

Here’s a bit about the Moth:

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Moth stories dissolve socio-economic barriers, expose vulnerabilities, and quietly suggest ways to overcome challenges and see with new eyes.

Jane asked each of us to tell a story of an act of love.  This sounds easy, but it’s not.  A story about love itself maybe isn’t that hard.  We all have stories about the feeling of love, but stories of actually acting out love?  Not as easy to come by.  In the end, I shared a portion of an essay I wrote about people in my life who have taught me by example how to love others.

What’s your story of an act of love?

 

PS: I’m giving a super-super short reading this Friday at the Redeemer Summer Showcase.

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