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This week's column is written from Jonesborough, Tennessee. This is the 40th year for the festival, and it never fails to entertain, enrich, and encourage me in my own week.
I have spent two full days from morning until after midnight listening to tellers from all around the world, yes even from Wales this year.
This year I spent most of my time with The Greats, those I consider to be the Masters of this ancient art. To name a few...Jay O'Callahan, Judith Black, John McCutcheon, Gay Ducey, Laura Simms, Donald Davis. These are the folks that have helped shape my work during the last few years. I admire their skill, talent, and hard work.
I didn't see Donald much last summer, so it is nice to see him with his bow tie on the streets of Jonesborough and watching Merle glide her way through the town appearing here and there.
There is one more day until Ellen and I head home on Monday. It is a bit rainy and cold, but don't stories keep us warm? So from the heart of the storytelling to your warm, cozy houses full of light and heat (maybe), this is Lou Ann sharing her own love of stories.