Mike and Jill Bowen are The Tale Spinners, a husband-and-wife storytelling team in Fuquay-Varina, NC. Jill is director of the Dunn Public Library in Dunn, NC., and Mike is a community developer for JANE online educational services, a division of KOZ, Inc.
The Tale Spinners tell tales for all ages. They specialize in humorous stories, scary yarns, Appalachian folklore, and tales of "tricksters" and "wise fools." They have been featured tellers for the Wake County and Granville County Storytelli ng Festivals, and can be reached at:
"A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children. I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.
"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gifts from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
"...I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half as important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow."
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