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From: “Mary Garrett”
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:20:43 -0600

Those are very sensible and courteous guidelines.

As for “too loud,” much as I envy those with extremely strong voices, I am not shy about covering my ears if things get too loud, uncomfortable, and dangerous to one’s hearing. I have earplugs handy if mics are too “hot” as I’d like to keep on hearing.

I once told for a scout troop, and the mother who hired me said her children were worried that I’d be like a “scary storyteller” they heard at school. I couldn’t figure out who it was, but it seemed the issue was volume, not content. I told the little girl that I didn’t plan to be scary, and that if she thought I was, she had permission to call out, “Mary, I’m scared” and I’d stop whatever was scaring her. After, she smiled and said she’d not been scared at all. Children are upset by the most unexpected things, so I try to tell them the shoes pointing opposite directions trick for keeping bad things away.

Stories Make the World Go Around,

Mary Garrett St. Peters, Missouri

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