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Joining heads and hearts

Dear Editor:If you missed last Saturday night’s storytelling event you missed a real hoot! It was so great to see our valley community coming together, 160-or-so strong, in the Waldorf School auditorium – simultaneously with hundreds of communities around the world – to hear an incredibly diverse menu of tasty cultural morsels.This “Tellabration” was sponsored by the Roaring Fork Valley chapter of Spellbinders, which is an organized national group of volunteer storytellers who present programs in our valley schools, Aspen to Glenwood Springs. And Aspen to Glenwood was there on Saturday evening to support the event and to be entertained. They weren’t disappointed.This remarkable worldwide storytelling “happening” was reminiscent to me of a benefit event in 1985 called “Hands Across America.” Remember? On a Sunday afternoon, more than 5 million people joined hands to form a line that stretched 4,152 miles – from New York City’s Battery Park to a pier in Long Beach, Calif. – in order to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness. What a remarkable connectedness I felt, being part of that chain.The worldwide “Tellabration” seemed designed to combat a 21st century kind of hunger and lack of community. I’m so glad I was there. That I was part of it. And that I left fed. If it’s repeated here in the valley next year, don’t miss it.Brenda SternBasalt

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