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From: “Granny Sue”
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:27:08 +0000 (UTC)

I can’t recall who started this thread, and I’m late to the conversation, but I remember well something I learned from Mary Shallbetter who used to be on this list. She told me that she takes herself out of the mix–it is the story flowing through to the audience. She also told me she said a prayer before every performance, asking God’s help to make it as good as it could possible be for the audience. I am more of a spiritual than religious person, but what she said made sense.

I have followed her advice ever since and can attest to its effect. It makes me quit worrying about me and focusing all my love and heart on those in front of me. And that, in the end, is what storytelling is all about for me.

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