Sunday, January 6, 2013

StoryBook visits The Frog Prince

For our first story of the year, we had a "quickie."

Yes, that's right. A short tale of a simple theme...The Frog Prince.

We all came to the the first 3 minutes that the Frog Prince story is about SEX.

The golden ball that the Princess flirts with and loses in the well....all very much an allegory to her playing with sexuality...the frog turning into a Prince AFTER he visits her bed...

It was a fun, easy piecing together of THIS theme! Quick though it was...and we've all been partying a LOT lately, so an early night was ok with us all. But we so enjoyed coming together to pick it apart!

Lots of great fun, bawdy banter, a quick movie of The Frog Prince starring Robin Williams and directed by Shelly Duval!
Our table and centerpiece and food came together as always!

Here's our "well", complete with Kissing Frog, Princess and Golden Ball in the woods!

 Food was great! There was "Frog's Legs", "Lily Pads, Flies on a log, "Caked Dirt", Pickled Frogs, Split Pea soup with Ham, Turkey Soup, Swamp Bread and Green Tea and Wine! Merlyn also pushed leftover Holiday goodies for dessert. HAVE SOME FUDGE...please.... :)
Enchanted Froggies....mmmmm

Next month we've chosen a story which is a LOT more complicated....

Stay Tuned for Rumplestiltskin!

What a bizzare character and story!

See you then!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

StoryBook Club is 2 years old!

It's been 2 years since I started the first StoryBook Club gathering. We've had such a lovely time! Eating, drinking, reading, discussing, being randy, creative thinking. I'd like to do it again this year!

The StoryBook Club premise is this:
"That Children's Literature is sometimes OH SO MUCH MORE than just stories for children!"
Which is why at THIS bookclub...there are no children allowed. Some of these themes that we dig up are NOT PC...nor G nor are they PG rated. Most are "R" and some are X. Or at least Unrated :)

Oh don't get me wrong. We love kids. Well, some of us do. Some of them (like me) Likes kids. Likes babies...and then very much likes to hand them back to their parents. I loved mine. Still do. But dealing with kids all day? Not so much. I'm more like "let's go in and do a kid's show and then get out with our lives" sort of person.

But surely I digress. :)

Here were the subjects we researched, detangled and devoured this last year of 2012:

January-  TROLLS

February-  Damsels in Distress

March- Banshees

April- The Velveteen Rabbit
May -Peter Pan


July-Robin Hood

August- Sheherezade & The Arabian Nights

September- American Tall Tales

October- Goblins

November- Mermaids

December- Hansel & Gretel

They all look pretty tame, fun, silly and wondrous don't they? Yes, they were.

BUT they were also full of other things...darker things. Things that go bump in the night.
Like: fear of the Unknown, being rescued, responsibility and the shirking of it by never growing up, martyr-ism, death, false feelings, unconditional love and it's denial, fear of self, politics, deception, lies, shape shifters of our emotions, the dark gooey icky part of our hearts fully revealed, women's rights (or lack of), co-dependency, addictions, and shamanic journey to our inner self.

It's been a wondrous journey!
Did we eat well?


I love The StoryBook Club and my clever friends in it, and am very happy that I have this outlet and interesting bookworm friends to share it with!

I look forward to another amazing year of STORIES!

Starting with....

The Frog Prince this Friday!