"God dislikes evil, and no happiness can be built on hate." - Josephine Baker​

BE SAFE.  BE WELL.  SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER.  BE LOVE.

So many things changed in 2019 for me.  And 2020 is still a very tricky year.  But that's the way things are, aren't they? It's called "life".

But, this year, life is rapidly changing for everyone.

Of course, you know that life, as we know it right now, is pretty much a safe-at-home situation.  At the same time, we are all part of a revolution. 

Many march. Many mourn the horrible and unnecessary deaths that have turned the eyes and hearts of the world on our country. 

Many work to make lasting changes, in themselves and their communities.


A few deny the realities, or rage to keep the status quo, 

or try to hide their heads in the sand.

You can hide, but the realities won't go away.

  

If you haven't permitted it into your home via tv news or social media,

when you feel safe enough to come out into the world,

the realities will still be there, 

and the change-makers will be there, 

and those who mourn and march will be there, 

and those who seek justice, shout freedom

and demand equal and 

unconditional acceptance, yes, 

we'll be there.

  

And life will go on.  

A different life, hopefully, eventually, a better life.


I mourn for what we all have lost.

And I support young, proud voices and older voices that have have been raised over decades, calling for no more than what any human being deserves:  

the power to live a good, safe life.

I pray for their safety.  I am proud of their strength and courage.

 

I am still slowly revising my website, and keeping up with monthly programming announcements as life permits.  These days, life is still tough.

I am also still working on gratitude, 

for we are grateful for our home, our health, our loved ones, 

and for just living this life.


May the world find its happiness.  May I live to see it.


I'm getting back into the swing of things.

I thank you all for your patience. I still urge you to:

Hug your babies,

and everyone else you can.

Give time to yourself as often as you can.

Share your stories every way you can. And, in the words of some dear students, in memoriam for their beloved principal, LOVE OUT LOUD!

 THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE SUPPORTED MY STORYTELLING.  

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND TELLING FOR YOU THIS YEAR!

Lyn's books are available from her publisher,

Parkhurst Brothers, www.parkhurstbrothers.com

and several book distributors: Amazon, Barnes & Noble... A Google title or name search gets you there!

Look for new titles from Parkhurst Brothers and ABC-CLIO, developed and written with dear friend and fellow storyteller/teaching artist, Sherry Norfolk and coming soon!

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Travelin' to Tell!

Go to my "Events" page for information on what's happening!  Honestly, not much, but I'm trying to stay "in the pink" myself!

I'm also getting many calls for creative writing workshops. My first online creative-writing sessions, Fantastic Folktales & Visionary Angles to Transform Our Stories, became available through the Transformative Language Arts Network. The class will be offered for the third time (!) in August 2020. I am so grateful for my connections to this organization, and the works of heart that it nurtures and supports. For more information, go to tlanetwork.org

My first and second collections of Affrilachian tales, AFFRILACHIAN TALES and BEYOND THE BRIAR PATCH, and my third book, HOT WIND, BOILING RAIN, are on sale! Thank you to Parkhurst Brothers, Inc. Publishers! You can order directly from their catalogue at

AWARD-WINNING AND AVAILABLE NOW! ...BOO-TICKLE TALES IS A 2018 STORYTELLING WORLD RESOURCES HONORS AWARD WINNER


SPEAK PEACE: WORDS OF WISDOM, WORK AND WONDER

compiled by

Lyn Ford and Sherry Norfolk

It's available now! From Parkhurst, Amazon, and other wonderful book sellers! Available since the International Day of Peace, September 2019!

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