The Storyteller in All of Us

posted by Sharon November 20, 2012 6 Comments

Do you love a good story? Of course — we all do. Stories capture truths and convey them in a way that resonates with us. A story sticks in our minds and influences our thoughts and actions much more than a list of facts or pages of dry instruction. Stories spur imagination and bring delight.

On a recent visit to Disneyland, we wandered around Downtown Disney and happened onto a restaurant that is all about stories (and gourmet food). The Storytellers Cafe greets guest with this inscription in the floor.

Here’s a place dedicated to the age-old tradition of storytelling.The waiting area is decorated with this quotation from author¬†Geoffrey Chaucer to get you thinking about reading and stories before you even sit down to eat.

Diners enjoy large canvases depicting scenes from favorite California novels. Food servers zip by and hungry tourists relax in the presence of stories.

This one is from Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. It’s about miners training frogs to jump and betting on which could jump highest and bilking each other out of money.

Here’s The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley. Zorro is a horseback-riding champion of freedom. He brands tyrants with his flashing blade, leaving behind the mark of Zorro.

The painting on the end shows the young woman from Island of the Blue Dolphins. This suspenseful and uplifting adventure by Scott O’Dell won the Newberry Medal.

Our lives are stories, too. Some chapters happen no matter what we do, but others can be written and steered in one direction or another by us. We are, just by living our lives, all storytellers.

How about you? Are you satisfied with the story you are living?¬† Are there parts you’d like to “write” in the chapters to come? Is there a step, small or large, you can take to start designing the next part of your story?

Photos are of The Grand Californian and its Storytellers Cafe in Downtown Disney.

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Communal Global and Texture Tuesdays. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Kristen and Carol.




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JillB November 20, 2012 at 6:14 am

What an interesting place! Great images.

Pieni lintu November 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

So beautiful place!

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin November 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Oh wow! What an awesome place!!

Linda Kittmer November 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

What a wonderful idea for a cafe! I took ‘story telling’ lessons as part of my teacher training. It’s such a wonderful skill and sadly seems to be a lost art in many places.

Currie Silver November 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

What FUN!! your posts are always such a deLIGHT to experience!!

Diane Winters September 18, 2017 at 9:43 am

Hi Sharon, I was delighted to come across your post with a photo of one of my tiles. I designed and made the boy and girl reading tiles for the cafe as well as some of the other tiles there. And by a very, very strange coincidence your post was November 20, my birthday.


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