Its a time of telling tales

@sallypup (21925)
Moses Lake, Washington
November 29, 2017 9:59pm CST
Good old Charles Dickens had it right. On the penny. Yule Tide is a great time for ghosts and tales that stretch the imagination. Many of us no longer sit around fire places, trying not to look into the shadows in the room. We are used to electricity and lights where ever we please. And heat. Central heating is a great thing. But... in those days, stories were the entertainment, a great way to help a person to forget the cold and creepy shadows. I think on this as I snip green construction paper for the back of my latest Christmas Tale. I think I've written a dozen of these tales. Such fun..... Worlds that aren't real and yet are to me. In one Tale a lady in a nursing home helps a man realize what Christmas is. Together they discover the beauty and mystery up in the Sierra Nevadas. They help a ghostly passenger get down the mountain...... In another, a Pasada passes through a little town, (Mary, and Joseph riding a little donkey) Did you see that? What? In another of my tales a man named Ben, the drunk mayor or so he says of a little neighborhood, makes sure an elderly lady on an island gets her prize though she has a heart condition and should not have that prize hidden in her toilet tank. Such Tales. All grab me and insist I write them. So I do. Thanks Dad: you were in the age when school cost money and you never made it past eighth grade. But you told tales. I think some of you is part of me.
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@JudyEv (101023)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov
Some tales do insist on being written don't they? It's great that you do this each Christmas.
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@sallypup (21925)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
@JudyEv A person I know once acted like it was a given that I write a Tale each and every year. I told him that there could be a time when my pen has dried up.
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@JudyEv (101023)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov
@sallypup Well, I hope it won't be for a long time.
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@andriaperry (33178)
• Anniston, Alabama
30 Nov
I am tth story teller in my family. I am the one with imagination and will speak it aloud.
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@sallypup (21925)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
@andriaperry You are a load of fun. Lots of great Southern story tellers. I'd love to sit around a camp fire with you and swap silliness.
@snowy22315 (34278)
• United States
30 Nov
It is always fun to listen to or read a good yarn or two!
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@sallypup (21925)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
@snowy22315 The Twilight Zone TV series was a kind of story telling.
@rebelann (32331)
• El Paso, Texas
30 Nov
Kool, you are creative. Trust me, school is still not free, it's dependent upon tax funds to provide "free" education to school children.
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@sallypup (21925)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
@rebelann True. In the literary sense, I am creative. My work has been published by a few small presses. My Dad said that one of his brothers got to go to school and the others had to stay on the farm and continue working there.
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@rebelann (32331)
• El Paso, Texas
30 Nov
Yeah, dad only got up to 5th grade @sallypup grandpa was a sharecropper in the early 1900s til the end of WWII and in the mid 1920s he needed his boys home to help with the crops n all.
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@sallypup (21925)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
@rebelann Hard times for sure. My Dad told us about his lard sandwiches that he carried to school in his lunch pail. Not joking.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov
Interesting tales that demand to be told, a good thing.
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@sallypup (21925)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
@JamesHxstatic I bet you are good at spinning a yarn. You have the actor background.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov
@sallypup Sometimes I can do that.
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@cahaya1983 (9624)
• Malaysia
30 Nov
Reminds me of my aunt who used to tell me so many fascinating stories when I was a child. Those were the days.
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@sallypup (21925)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
@cahaya1983 If you could remember even a bit of those tales you have some good writing times ahead.
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@Hatley (159469)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Nov
good fpr yoo u Iwpld love to read them
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@sallypup (21925)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
@Hatley You know, dear Patsie, I should send you one.
@jstory07 (58196)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Nov
I like hearing tales about others and their family.
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@sallypup (21925)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
@jstory07 I agree. These tales often come from a time and place that I knew but I've stretched and changed details that didn't necessarily happen. The place often is as much a character as the people and animals.
• China
30 Nov
Good for you! I think writing a book entails lots of work and the source material has to be accumulated bit by bit.
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