September 6th Read A Book Day

There are so many different types of books out there one hardly knows where to begin. Love, War, History, Adventure, Children… well, it goes on and on. It use to be that children loved to be read to, maybe they still do but parents often don’t have the time or are too tired to do so. That’s a shame because we need stories to be told so we can use the images in our heads to help us create our own stories before the art dies out. And it is an art, few are good at, many can take advantage of and everyone can learn from. So too is, “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”, a short story book I wrote available on E-books. You probably get tired of me mentioning it so if like 2 or 3 million of you would by it, I would stop! https://www.amazon.com/Evergreens-Stay-Green-John-Olbert-ebook/dp/B01NCI7RAZ

How to celebrate – Read a book, whoever wrote it. Try writing your own book, Determine who your favorite writer is.

April 27th Tell A Story Day

Most of our history, both true and fictional, has been handed down over the years by those who are telling a story to their family, friends and neighbors. Even if the storyteller is just suggesting a book to read they are still relating an experience one can be entertained by, educated by or informed by. Stories are often told at schools, around campfires or even in explaining life experiences. The better the story is told, the better its message is received. “Why The Evergreens Stay Green” (written by me :)) is a story that I was told growing up and have enhanced on, probably as it was before I heard it. Give it a shot, it’s cheap and I hope you will enjoy it (shameless plug).

How to celebrate – Tell a story to your friends, or family tonight. Learn stories from storytellers. Read “Why The Evergreens Stay Green” by John L Olbert.

November 6th Book Lover’s Day

This day actually appears several times over the course of a year and why not, if you loved books at the beginning of the year you are probably still going to love them at the end of the year! Books can take you places you’ve never been, to worlds you cant get to otherwise and teach you things that have been handed down over the centuries. A pretty good bargain! If you count this day as the only Book Lover’s Day it always falls on the first Saturday of November. And if you are looking for a good bargain, try reading… “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”. It’s a short read I think you will enjoy.

Oct. 27th National Tell A Story Day

Today is National Tell A Story Day In Scotland and the UK. Interestingly, it is exactly 6 months after (Or before) the US day. Anyway, the idea is that you tell, or read, someone a story, and with Halloween coming up why not make it a scary story? Or just after that comes Christmas so it could be a Christmas story. (Or really it could be any kind of story.) So here comes the shameless plug on my short story, “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green”. It’s on Amazon so if you don’t have a different story you want to tell, buy a copy of my book and enjoy. https://www.amazon.com/Evergreens-Stay-Green-John-Olbert-ebook/dp/B01NCI7RAZ

How to celebrate – Tell someone a story today. Read someone a story today. Buy a copy of “Why the Evergreens Stay Green”.

April 27th Tell A Story Day

With all that is going on right now telling stories is a must, whether it is telling them professionally or just to get your children to go to bed. Campfire ghost stories have always been a favorite. They can be made up stories or come from books, it doesn’t matter. If you think about it, movies and television shows are nothing but stories made up (Or come from real life experiences). And so, here again, I shamelessly plug my short story, “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green.” (Available on ebooks at Amazon) Anyway, tell your kids a good story, or adults and let them get their minds off their troubles… Lord knows, we could all use that!

How to celebrate – Tell a story. Write a story. Make up a story that tells your family history.

February 26th National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

February 26th National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

Fairy Tales have been a part of most of our lives, either told to us by our parents or on tv. They are stories meant to teach us valuable lessons. They teach us about heroes and villains and what makes each of them who they are. They are stories handed down over the ages and honestly, the meaning doesn’t vary all that much even though the times do. Some of the Fairy Tales even defeat themselves as in the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales which were meant to scare children. Because the brothers did not like children!

How to celebrate – Tell your child a fairy tale. Create your own fairy tale. Make a list of all the Fairy Tales you can remember without looking them up.

April 27th National Tell A Story Day

Kids love to hear stories, adults love to hear stories… even some animals love to hear stories. I think it may have to do with the fact we are actually spending time with someone (Or something) rather than being off doing our own thing. This is one tradition that has been handed down over the years that machines can really replace. Yes, machines can tell a story but it really needs the human element to be appreciated. If the story has pictures, all the better. Remember those ghost stories you use to tell out by a campfire? Well, many of them have been turned into movies and television shows. Some get turned into novels and others are just retold and retold until the children they are being old to have them memorized. Now the US and he UK have a difference of opinion when today is to be celebrated. We here in the US celebrate in April while the UK chooses October for their day. Exactly 6 months from each other. I wonder if there is a story to be told there.

How to celebrate – Tell someone a story today. Research stories that you believe your family members will be interested in. Learn to use different voices for the different characters.

February 26th National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day – February 26th

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Fairy Tales are created from myths or legends. Most think they were created for children but they weren’t. In fact some are rather gruesome in their original form, cutting off toes to fit in shoes, chopping off the heads of frogs and many included gnomes, mermaids and giants.

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The Grimm Brothers, perhaps the most famous fairy tale authors hated children and wanted to scare them by their tales, “Household Tales”.

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How to celebrate – Join the Association of Fairy Tales. Check into Count Margarete von Waldeck, the Legend Snow White was created from. Host a Fairy Tale Murder Mystery party.

May 1st Mother Goose Day

Wow, all I can say is that researching this day was one of the most confusing explanations I have ever come across in my life.  Maybe that’s because no one knows who the original authors are and the fact that many known authors have added to the fairy tales since the first tales were published.

It seems that some of the stories have been around since the late 1500’s.  Many were probably handed down prior to that.  Some of the fairy tales may have been based on “Mother Hubbard” by Edmund Spencer in 1590’s England.  However, even “Mother Hubbard” told stories people were familiar with prior to it’s release.  “Mother Bunch” added stories as well in the 1690’s. Charles Perrault published a book with some of the tales he created in 1695.  Thomas Carlin a Mother Goose in either 1780 or 1781 by the Stationer’s Company.  A so called second edition came out in 1837 claiming to be a Flemish version by John Bellenden Ker Gawler.   The Brothers Grimm got involved with their hatred of children in the 19th century.  Yes I said hatred.  They were attempting to scare children with their stories, not make them sleep easier.

Mother Goose has been a goose…

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… and has been a grandmother…

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…   perhaps based on King Robert II’s wife “Bertha la Fileuse” her translated name meaning Bertha the Spinner , or Goose Foot Bertha.  Even early America clams some of the glory saying Moose Goose was based on Elizabeth Foster Goose, better known as Mary Goose who lived in Boston from 1665-1758.

So you figure it out because I am tired of trying!  Anyway, it is clear that Mother Goose Day was established in 1987 and it included such classic as as “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Cinderella”, “Puss in Boots” and “Sleeping Beauty”.

How to celebrate:  Read, or re-read, the Mother Goose Fairy Tales. Try and list as many of the nursery rhymes as you can without looking them up.  Make up a few nursery rhymes of your own.

April 27th Tell A Story Day

Now the intent in Tell A Story Day is to read a book to someone or yourself, or even tell a folklore or legend to a young person.  But I want to try something different.  I want to create a story.  Since the holiday is mainly celebrated in the US, England and Scotland, I’ll start it with a Scottish character.  It’s up to you where the story goes.  Heck, maybe if enough of us add to it we can make it another “39 Clues” and all become millionaires!  So here goes…

Ghillie Dhu

In the northwest of the highlands of Scotland, in and about the Gairloch and Loch a Druing lived a creature some thought was man, some though animal and others thought a bit of both.  He lived in the Birch Wood, dressed in moss and leaves to blend in with his surroundings, being a timid creature by choice.  He was a jolly soul, kindhearted and gentle, happy to live and let live.  He had one love outside of the woods he lived in, it was children.  He loved them and they loved him.

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That said, he was not the kind you wanted to cross though.  He was fiercely protective of his home, the woods and lochs, and would do anything to preserve them as they were. When Lord Gary decided to build an estate and village to support it on the Dhu’s native land he started a war that no one could have imagined.  For every tree Lord Gary took down, the Ghillie Dhu would make one of the village children his own.  Angry, Lord Gary cut down more trees and the Ghillie Dhu took more children, one for one.

The villagers grew more and more angry but not at Lord Gary.  It wasn’t Lord Gary that had their children, it was the Ghillie Dhu.  Now the children were fine.  They lived in the forests and learned to love them and how to protect them, all of which the Ghillie Dhu willingly taught.  As the years passed, the villagers found themselves at war with their own children, the very people they were trying to get back.

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Okay, so now it’s your turn!  Help write the story to its conclusion!