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Judy Helm Wright, of Missoula, Montana is a wise woman with a global message. As an author of over 20 books on Amazon, she writes about Responsibility, Respect & Resiliency.

Judy is a popular motivational speaker and has worked all over the world with families and groups just like yours.

You will find her warm, witty and wise as she guides and mentors others to be their best self.
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Holiday Time is Family Story Telling Time

Nov 11th 2010 at 5:22 PM

As holidays approach, be sure to gather family stories and record or video the elder family members before it is too late. Share your stories with family and friends around the holiday table or in the car.

Spend on Experiences Not Things

Lots of families will be going camping and driving in the car for long trips headed to fun vacations. We really try to not scrimp on experiences and memory making trips, but to cut down on things when money is an issue.

Storytelling is one of the cheapest and best entertainments in the world. Turn off the electronic games and iPods and turn on the communication between real, live and loving people.

Our culture is so addicted to electronic entertainment that story telling and sharing conversations are getting to be a rare commodity. So when you have the opportunity, make a commitment to set around the campfire or snuggle up in a car traveling, or a living room and ask the questions that get the stories started.

Set the mood with firelight or a soft candle

Since the beginning of time, firelight has created a community and yet intimate setting and experience. Campfires which keep you warm and well fed with hot dogs and S'Mores, also add to the ambiance of being safe, protected and ready to share.

We loved telling stories in the car as we traveled and found that we could cover much more ground at night, than during the day when the children were awake and fussy. It was the ritual that they came to expect as we traveled, that as the day turned to dusk, I would tell stories until one by one they fell asleep.

For more information on gathering family stories, see orĀ You will be glad you did.

Artichoke Press is the home site of Judy Helm Wright, author of over 20 books and many articles on family relationships. If your organization would like to schedule Auntie Artichoke, the storytelling trainer, for a workshop please call 406.549.9813.

Thanks for joining our community of caring parents, family members,coaches, teachers and mentors who want to help raise a generation of responsible adults who respect others.

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Dec 14th 2010 at 5:31 PM by itsDarwin
I like your storytelling article. I have a lot of grandchildren and love to tell them stories.
Nov 12th 2010 at 1:46 PM by judyhwright
Thanks so much for the comments. I too was the baby of the family and we now have that big round oak table in our dining room. What comes around, goes around.jhw
Nov 11th 2010 at 7:53 PM by bjfoot
Very nice Judy. I learned alot of my family history under the dining room table as a child. My family always got together and told the family stories. My brother who is 6 years older than me is amazed at the things I know and remember. Being 6 years older than me, he actually missed the good stuff because I was the baby of the family at that time and they forgot I was under the
Nov 11th 2010 at 7:33 PM by ianmck
Well done Judy. A good story about storytelling.

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