Story Time

Published 2:06 pm Monday, April 16, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
A true Southern lady walked into the room as a relatively large group of adults and children waited to be told a story.
Katherine Tucker Windham, an Alabama author living in Selma, did not disappoint those who attended the storytelling event at the Brewton Public Library Saturday afternoon.
Windham emphasized the importance of storytelling as she recounted stories from her life and about her family.
Windham explained that the beginning of her storytelling career began with a series of ghost stories and grew from there.
Windham assured the younger listeners in the audience that you don't have to believe in ghosts to enjoy a good ghost story and there are ways to prevent being afraid.
Windham, who tours across the South telling stories at a variety of venues, takes her job seriously. However, she said she always finds time to laugh and believes it is an important of life.
Windham shared some family beliefs and traditions she says has enriched her life.
Windham also has a theory about counting buzzards and stamping gray mules that determine the course of a person's day.
Windham's theory of forecasting a day by the number of buzzards seen is based on a poem she shared with the audience.
As she drew her storytelling to a close, Windham said she believed that storytelling is something everyone is able to do.

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