A family of good storytellers (and listeners)

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

We sat around in a big circle. We pretended that a TV remote was a microphone. Then we “interviewed” each other. “Sam, how did you meet De?” “Melanie, tell us about dumpster diving.” Some of the answers are already known. We’ve heard the stories before, but we want to hear them again. Others are new. This is the first time that Marcelo joined a big family gathering. Same for Nicole. With so much truth flying about, I hope they didn’t get scared 🙂 I hope that all families use their holidays to bond by telling stories, with or without “microphones.”

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

One Response to A family of good storytellers (and listeners)

  1. Greetings! My name is Connie Schisler Vellekoop, and I became aware recently through the internet of a William Richard Schisler, and that a school in Florianopolis, Brazil, was named after him. I did a bit of research and found out that we are distantly related through my great, great grandfather, Henry Schisler, whose brother, Ransler, was apparently the ancestor of W.R. (Complicated!!) At any rate, I’m interested in knowing if the people named in this blog as “Schislers” are related to W.R. Schisler?
    I was also drawn to this connection because my father, Jack R. Schisler–now 96 years old–spent a number of years in Brazil, mainly in Goiania. In fact, I wrote his memoir and it was translated to Portuguese, as well as Spanish. The book is “A Vida de Jack Schisler-Un Homem Segundo o Coracao de Deus.”
    At any rate, I love history and researching family connections–so would look forward to hearing from one of you: 4mrsvzpianostudio@gmail.com. I do not speak Portuguese but am fluent in Spanish (and English!) I would also love to tell my dad about the Schislers that preceded him in Brazil! Thanks!!

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