|from https://7reasons.org/ the British "humour site with seven reasons for just about everything"
Last week set up the second half of the story of "The Green Coat." At the same time I set myself up for coping with the freezing cold weather by talking about the Scandinavian maxim of "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing."
How did I do?
Better than the frozen chicken at the top of this blog, but far from 100%. I found myself willing to walk my cold-loving dog IF there was no wind and it was nearly 18, 19, 20 degrees. For his part, he was either in with his "pack" or contentedly out for hours at a time, but always eager for a hike.
Two pictures came my way this week showing the contrast in how I tend to feel and how my "malamutt" views the current frigid times.
|(My cousin as a "snow beast")
I may not share the Scandinavian attitude toward accepting the weather, but am in between these extremes. (I'm also relieved to hear the desert Southwest is starting to see signs of spring coming!) This weekend brings both the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, which I hope is more tranquil than what followed it last year. At the same time it's Valentine's Day. The Swedish story certainly isn't related to Chinese New Year, but it does end in a way fitting for Valentine's Day and even next month's focus on Women.
So put on your coziest clothes and cuddle up to read the rest of "The Green Coat."
It's only been a little over a century that women in the United States began to wear "men's clothing" and even today there are places around the world where it's not accepted. The thought of skirts in this weather occurs in some of my historical storytelling, but in real life my attitude is a bit more futuristic.
Those memes on imgflip were all by TrainWreck2, who also posted this which seems to fit the idea of storytelling or much else outside right now.
Stay warm, stay well, oh heck, stay indoors and read!
- There are many online resources for Public Domain stories, maybe none for folklore is as ambitious as fellow storyteller, Yoel Perez's database, Yashpeh, the International Folktales Collection. I have long recommended it and continue to do so. He has loaded Stith Thompson's Motif Index into his server as a database so you can search the whole 6 volumes for whatever word or expression you like by pressing one key. http://folkmasa.org/motiv/motif.htm
- You may have noticed I'm no
longer certain Dr. Perez has the largest database, although his
offering the Motif Index certainly qualifies for those of us seeking
specific types of stories. There's another site, FairyTalez
claiming to be the largest, with "over 2000 fairy tales,
folktales, and fables" and they are "fully optimized for
phones, tablets, and PCs", free and presented without ads.
Between those two sites, there is much for story-lovers, but as they say in infomercials, "Wait, there's more!"
- Zalka Csenge Virag - http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com doesn't give the actual stories, but her recommendations, working her way through each country on a continent, give excellent ideas for finding new books and stories to love and tell.
You're going to find many of the links on these sites have gone down, BUT go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to find some of these old links. Tim's site, for example, is so huge probably updating it would be a full-time job. In the case of Story-Lovers, it's great that Jackie Baldwin set it up to stay online as long as it did after she could no longer maintain it. Possibly searches maintained it. Unfortunately Storytell list member, Papa Joe is on both Tim Sheppard's site and Story-Lovers, but he no longer maintains his old Papa Joe's Traveling Storytelling Show website and his Library (something you want to see!) is now only on the Wayback Machine. It took some patience working back through claims of snapshots but finally in December of 2006 it appears!