I haven't been to the conference in a long time. Ten years to be exact. In the past the conference moved around the country, highlighting the storytelling of a different region each year. Now that the headquarters of the member organization has moved to Kansas City as their permanent home, the conference has been staying in one place. It's a good idea, saving money and planning and probably a lot of headaches.
I have nothing against Kansas City. I am sure it's an awesome place with lots to see and do. And I miss the fellowship and fun of being with a gang of storytellers. Let me tell you, there are no dull moments in such a crowd! But I'm not there, and this is why.
As Dorothy said, "There's no place like home." For her, home was Kansas. For me, it's right here in West Virginia: on my porch, with my husband and pets, my flowers and gardens and birds. It's the place I can stay in touch with the flood recovery efforts in this beloved state, where I stay rooted with all that grounds my storytelling. One year I will again make the trek to join my storied friends, but for now, here is where I want and need to be.
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