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By Jay Thompson:
When you live on St. Simons Island, it becomes difficult to leave. Of course, we leave for work, funerals and evacuations but with sighs and much foot dragging. One recent day, however, The Moth, a New York-based organization dedicated to the art of oral storytelling, was scheduled for an event at the Telfair Museum in Savannah. Anticipation of that event knocked the sand right out of our shoes. Eight of us left to hear two of our friends from the island tell stories: poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who had conceived the idea of The Moth in 1997 to “recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings in his native St. Simons Island, Georgia, when moths would attract to the light on the porch where he and his small circle of friends would gather to spin spell binding tales,” and Wanda Bullard, who owned that very porch […]