May 23, 2008
As you may or may not know, I am a past president and board member of Storytelling Arts of Indiana, a statewide organization that promotes the art and use of storytelling in everyday life. Storytelling Arts of Indiana (www.storytellingarts.org) is a very unique organization in the national storytelling community — we are one of only two nonprofit groups that offers a full season of performances as well as community outreach. All other organizations — except the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborogh, Tennessee — only put on an annual festival.
We are an active part of the Indianapolis community by sending storytellers to Riley Children’s Hospital once a week, year-round, to tell stories at the bedside of children to distract them from their disease and discomfort, if only for half an hour. We also arrange for storytelling performances for latch-key kids in 34 Indianapolis Neighborhood Parks and have developed and support the “As I Recall” Storytelling Guild, where we encourage our elders to recall, develop and share their family stories.
I need your help in raising funds for these valuable programs and more — I have pledged to raise $750 by June 30. Will you please help, with a tax-deductible contribution, whether it’s $5 or $50? You can make a donation online at http://www.justgive.org/giving/donate.jsp?charityId=13761& (just put my name in the “as a gift in someone’s name” so the executive director knows it goes towards my goal — but you will be recognized as the donor and get the tax deduction.) If you prefer, you can send a donation by check to Storytelling Arts of Indiana, PO Box 20743, Indianapolis, IN 46220.
Thank you so much in advance for considering supporting this great organization that is so close to my heart. Without your gift, we wouldn’t be able to do so many great things!
May 1, 2008
It’s pretty weird to be to be the center of the political universe these days. The Indiana primary hasn’t mattered for Presidential elections in something like 40 years, which means that we’ve been spared political ads for my entire lifetime. I can’t say I’m loving all these “vote for me” direct mail pieces, TV advertising, etc., and thankfully it will all be over in a week.
But I am excited about the prospect of either a woman or an African American in the White House and did my civic duty by voting early yesterday afternoon. For those of you who live in Marion County, you can vote at the City County building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Aside from the fact that you have to go through their security system (and their metal detectors are hyper-sensitive — both my navel ring and my underwire bra caused beeps), it’s fabulous to get it over and done with. It took me about 15 minutes and is only about two blocks away from my office, which is so much better than having to find my polling place and wait with the crowds. Now if I can only stand the ongoing news coverage between now and next Wednesday!