Thursday, November 20, 2008

National Day of Listening

Some of our readers may remember that I participated in StoryCorps, a national independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. I created two CDs in the spring of 2008, and am in the process of dividing the interviews into 3-8 minute segments to post on the Village Craftsmen web site. With the holidays coming up my project is not likely to be finished until sometime after the new year.

However, StoryCorps has launched a new project that I hope many of our listeners will embrace, the National Day of Listening (NDL). It is to be celebrated each year on the day after Thanksgiving. On this day, StoryCorps is encouraging people to set aside an hour to record a Do-It-Yourself interview with a grandparent, a sibling, a friend, or a familiar face in the neighborhood and to preserve that conversation for years to come.

This year,the first-ever National Day of Listening will be Friday, November 28th. StoryCorps is asking everyone across the nation to take an hour and interview someone they love. To help people to participate, StoryCorps has created a simple, free, and downloadable Do-It-Yourself guide. You can find that guide and a video showing a DIY interview step by step on the National Day of Listening website:

I hope everyone will take the time to be a part of this project.

Join StoryCorps in the National Day of Listening

Our latest "newsletter" is a link to my new web site, Black Squall Books, with information about my forthcoming book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, and Stories from Ocracoke Island, which is expected to be available by mid-November. Click HERE to go directly to the web site to learn more.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:01 PM

    My father was also in WWII. We have been fortunate to share in his stories, the good, and the tragic. He has also entertained us all with stories of his childhhod growing up in rural Fairfax Virginia! Unfortunately, he is in the early stages of alzheimers and his memory is slowing being stolen away. We plan to record his stories this Thanksgiving for his grandchildren and great grandchildren ..I can't think of a more wonderful gift to pass down.