Day 18 – R is for Raconteur


(noun) a person skilled in telling anecdotes


This one applies to many of you fellow bloggers out there! The blogs I follow are usually written by the best of raconteurs. Those people that can take something as simple as getting breakfast in the morning and turn it into a dramatic problem-solving, life-lesson moment…you know who you are. And I am absurdly jealous of you.

I believe there can be inspiration in nearly every moment in my life. The simplest of acts can be twisted into a metaphor, or perhaps reveal a beauty of the world. For example, I live in the “Hummingbird Capital of the United States” and thus, I bought myself a hummingbird feeder as soon as I had a porch to put it on. Every single day I am given the gift of watching a ridiculously tiny bird come to my back window for a miniscule sip of water, and then flit away into the unknown. I have gone outside in the evenings and sat with one of them (a regular named Gwendolyn), me on the bench and her on the branch a few feet away. I have seen hummingbird fights, which look as cartoon-y as they sound. It’s been, frankly, magical. But when I think about it, I’m really just watching a thirsty bird get a drink and then poop all over my porch several times a day. The “magic” is in how I view them and how I choose to tell their story.

Surely you know some raconteurs in your own life? I can think of a couple of work buddies who could spin a great tale. Or perhaps a family member? (Old dads are usually the best for this in my experience) Let me know your thoughts on it!

3 thoughts on “Day 18 – R is for Raconteur

  1. Is that Ramsey Canyon? Boy, that brings back memories! We lived in Sierra Vista for several months while my husband attended school. I remember riding my bicycle through a new subdivision in which the streets were in place but the houses still under construction. I rode early in the morning, before the heat of the day… dodging tarantulas whose habitats had been disturbed/destroyed, racing back and forth across the street, little eight-legged obstacle courses.

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    1. Yes, it is Ramsey Canyon! Good eye! 🙂 Oh gosh, yes, the tarantulas are bit scary…We found one in our backyard in the second month living at our current house. It seemed about as scared of us as we were of it! Luckily, we only have nice lizards and lots of birds now.
      Sierra Vista is a really beautiful place; I’ve lived here for two years now and I still never tire of looking up at the Huachuca Mountains. I’m glad you have some good (and slightly scary) memories of it!


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