This year marked the 21st anniversary of No Ordinary Person, the program devoted to true, personal tales from Rappahannock storytellers. These talks are one of RAAC’s longest running and most popular events. Some stories are funny, some are sad or introspective or self-revealing, but all demonstrate the wisdom of Studs Terkel’s observation that there is no such thing as an “ordinary” person.
This year’s program featured three storytellers, Andy Alexander, Barbara Black, and Miranda Hope.
Andy Alexander, who has spent a career as a Washington journalist, told the story of how a routine news article had surprising impact. He called his story “The Life I Saved.”
Barbara Black’s patchwork of careers includes dessert caterer, fundraiser, massage therapist, and wellness educator. Her story, about a high stakes meal, was called “Chocolate Mousse – A Love Story.”
Miranda Hope is a therapeutic yoga instructor and musician. She recounted a unique travel log of motherhood that she calls “To Exile and Back.”
NOP is always looking for new storytellers. If you think you might have a story to tell, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org