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Flash, a Book Review

22 Mar
Cousin Louisa, born and raised on Nina Bay Farm

Flash’s “Country Cousin”, born and raised on Nina Bay Farm

Flash by Rachel Anne Ridge is a delightful, charming first hand account of her homeless donkey who taught the family about life, faith and second chances.

Artfully woven into each chapter are Bible verses…like icing on cake…the perfect topping (for great stories).  Examples: Chapter 4: Run with horses. Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinks with his heart, so is he” or Find your passion. Be a trailblazer. Psalm 32:8 “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

Yesterday, I thought of Rachel and Flash (and the donkeys/burros at Nina Bay Farm).  It was Palm Sunday.  She reminded us on pages 160-1 that Flash’s ancestors had historic roles in the life of Christ.  Beginning with Mary and Joseph during his humble beginning, as well as Christ’s journey the through Jerusalem which ends at the cross.  In Rachel’s words, “God using the ordinary to do extraordinary feats”.

Storytelling inspiration

16 Mar

Names of Paint colors:

    • Coral cove
    • Chocolate turtle
    • Sunburst
    • Tropical mist
    • Pacific beach
    • Paris green
    • Bunny’s nose
    • Baby bunting
    • Icy Bay
    • Iceberg
    • Steel city
    • Birthday cake
    • Divine
    • Sand trap
    • Golden straw hat
    • Evening surf
    • Moon glow
    • Swiss mocha
    • Caribbean green
    • Treasure isle
    • Tropical holiday
    • English ivy
    • Blue whale
    • Dover Straits
    • Cool lagoon
    • Stained glass
    • Remembrance
    • Egyptian pyramid
    • Alaskan blue
    • Godiva cream
    • Cricket field
    • Melody
    • Wind mill

There is a lot of potential in this list.

Storytelling

7 Mar

Check out this link for storytelling templates like:

Your story can be told in four simple parts:

  • Once upon a time: The introduction. Set the stage; where does your story start?
  • Suddenly: The story’s characters are confronted with a challenge.
  • And then: The characters take action to address it.
  • Happily ever after: How did it all work out?

http://lmpartnership.org/storytelling

ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WAS A DEAR CO-WORKER

who engaged us with her

Vivacious vocation

Profound profession

Lessons of livelihood

Existential experience

SUDDENLY, THERE WAS TRANSITION TO RETIREMENT

AND THEN WE GATHERED TO TELL OUR STORIES

KL storyboard 1

KL storyboard 1

Inspired by names of paint colors, comic strips, images of chocolate, popcorn, a transmission and “golden” nest eggs;

we honored our long time friend

and recanted the habits of highly effective people which she embodies.

KL storyboard 2

KL storyboard 2

More names of paint colors on the second storyboard panel inspired dreams of travel adventures around the world.

…and a happily ever after.

Credit to Liza Hyatt for using paint names for input to creative writing projects.  Just maybe this story evolves and becomes poetry, lyrics, short story, article, autobiography or novel.

I actually applied paint chips to the storyboards in these photos as well as calendar images, wrapping paper, Christmas card, decorative paper, puzzle and a Designed Experiment matrix.