Surfing can be a time waster to some as it is seen more often as hitting sites aimlessly accomplishing nothing. But for the more experienced web user surfing is like visiting the library going through books, in this case sites, that hopefully will give you some form of enlightenment. Today I had such enlightenment. From one site to another I reached the link of a wonderful site called THE MOTH.
The name was interesting.. Moth? What on earth could that be? I hurriedly hit the link and found it was a site dedicated to storytelling, the kind of storytelling that was both personal and true. Interesting concept. i spent some time on the site and read that it started in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. He Invited some friends over to his house and soon this little movement became an organised group of active storytellers, conducting six ongoing programs and has brought more than 3,000 live stories to over 100,000 audience members. Some of you may have heard about it but i am just discovering this little gem.
The stories are compelling, some are funny and all of the story evenings are based on chosen themes for the nights presentation. I feature this story as it was moving and thought provoking. Anthony Griffith, a comedian tells his compelling story of the best of times and the worst of times. The story captures your attention as well as grips your heart, pulling at your emotional strings as he pours his heart out , telling his story about life’s triumphs and life’s challenges. Watch the video and I hope you are as moved as I was watching it.
A comic must earn his living as a clown while suffering the ultimate heartbreak.
Anthony Griffith lives in the mountains of California at 5,000 feet elevation in an animal protected community. It’s much different from the inner city of Chicago where he used to live, but he still travels doing stand-up. He says that the overwhelming positive response of him telling his story at The Moth has prompted him to write my one man show and pen other short stories now in development.