Monday, February 15, 2016

Looking for Love Encore: Ellouise Schoettler

I could not let this series end without including this story from my friend Ellouise Schoettler of Silver Spring, Maryland. Ellouise has become well-known as a teller of family stories and stories from history like THE HELLO GIRLS, who were switchboard operators who volunteered to serve in the Army Signal Corps  in France during World War I, and were later denied veterans benefits. Her interest in Arlington Cemetery, kindled when her husband was laid to rest there, became a story that she has now shared with audiences across the country.

I met Ellouise when we were both just beginning to explore storytelling and we've maintained that friendship for 20 years. Her husband was her strongest supporter and his belief in her provided that rock-steady platform we all need to succeed. Here, Ellouise tells the story of the meeting of a young nurse and a medical student, a meeting that led to lifelong love.

About Ellouise:

North Carolina native and 20-year professional storytelling veteran, Ellouise Schoettler, is an “old-time southern teller”, just like family storytellers she grew up listening to on her grandmother’s front porch in Charlotte. Except... today she is an iPod toting Grandma blogger who uses Social Media to connect with her fans and storytellers, as well as her grandchildren. Ellouise creates programs by blending personal experience, family lore and memories into heart-warming original stories. If you wonder how storytellers develop programs, take a closer look at Ellouisestory,, the blog she has written for ten years. Her daily musings often find their way into her longer programs. In addition she writes a BLOG on the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Ellouise produces & hosts two cable TV shows and produces a Washington, DC area storytelling series. In 2013 she was awarded a National Storytelling Network ORACLE Award for Leadership and Service to the art of Storytelling. Based in Maryland, she performs nationwide for adult, family and youth audiences at various venues, including festivals, colleges and libraries. 

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Brighid said...

What a wonderful story and story teller. Thank you for posting Ellouise's video. I will be sure to look up her blog.

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