A Hearty Yes! The Human Thirst for Tales of Heroism

Editor’s Note: Scott Allison, my friend and true hero in his own right, reminds us of our need for Hero Stories, as almost never before in these strange and dangerous times. We storytellers may not be the creators of a Covid-19 vaccine, but by bringing Hero Stories to today’s audiences, we will provide a virtual fail-safe medicine for soul and spirit. Les Schaffer, August 10, 2020 A Hearty Yes! The Read More …

VASA Blog Needs Feeding

What is a Blog? Blog  [bläɡ] NOUN: a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style. synonyms: description · report · version · story · narration · narrative · statement · news VERB: add new material to or regularly update a blog. “it’s about a week since I last blogged” Now that you know Read More …

Jackie Baldwin

Dear storytelling friends, Many of you already know that our dear Jackie Baldwin transitioned last month. While we knew her as a storyteller and owner of the Story-Lovers website that gave us all so many gifts of story, there was so much more to this warm, remarkable, generous woman. Jackie’s daughter Val posted this about her and she gave me permission to share it with all of you. What a Read More …

A Swede in Fredericksburg VA: Standing out and Building Community

It was great to see so many of you at last week’s Online Gathering. In these days of isolation and anxiety, it was, for me, a healing experience to meet (if only on Zoom) and talk to you. And, speaking of meeting, here’s a chance to meet and get to know a bit, one of our new Board Members, Anette Stjärnhjärta. Anette is a very smart, outgoing, and totally charming Read More …

How Can We Up Our Storytelling Game

Dear Storytellers, Story-listeners, Story-lovers: You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built in the human plan. We come with it.” – Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale I’m Les Schaffer, storyteller, Virginia Storytelling Alliance (VASA) Board Member, and now tasked with editing the VASA Blog in what may be the darkest times I’ve ever lived through. And I’ve lived through the Great Depression, WWII, the Polio epidemic, the Read More …