I hope this hiatus is finally over. I really enjoyed getting into the “blogging zone” earlier this year when I started to enjoy my stride, writing about things I usually don’t talk about in other venues. For those of you who have been reading my blog and wondering what I’ve been up to, a brief explanation follows.  

Unlike summers past, I am not touring libraries and community centers around the country. Instead, summer bookings for my storytelling shows and “Squirrely Shirley Meets Fry-Fry” are mostly in and around Arizona.  My ambitious plan to be on tour this summer turned out to be unwise, once I took a good look at budget cuts and the high cost of gas for the tour bus. By not being on tour, I am able to focus on other opportunities and take more time to expand my repertoire.   

The last two months have been very busy. I could call the last six to eight weeks a time of “repurposing” – a word used by my friend, Linda, when she came over to help us revamp our property – prior to opening “The Storyteller’s Place.” a Bed and Breakfast for folks who want to spend time in the heart of Tucson and enjoy the fantastic art and cultural scene our city has to offer. We could not wish for better advice, since Linda and her husband, Dan, own a magnificent B & B near the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Hacienda Linda (www.haciendalinda.com). If you check out their website, I am certain you will understand why having Linda and Dan Leonard mentor us on this project is so thrilling.

Entrance to Hacienda Linda, Tucson, Arizona

 At “The Storyteller’s Place,” we will provide stories and historic tours to guests who have an interest in such things. Our main goal, however, will be to provide visitors with comfortable, lovely and convenient accommodations to make their Southern Arizona visit memorable. To that end, we’ve been painting, fixing and planning for a fall opening. While this change of direction has been exciting, it has also been somewhat exhausting.  So you see, although I’ve been quiet, I have been busy repurposing in more ways than one! I’ll keep you posted as we get closer to a launch date. 

I hope one day in the near future, you will visit Tucson and stay at “The Storyteller’s Place.”

Until then, be sure to share your stories with someone you love.