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Page 51 - Joe Neil MacNeil: A Talk About Tales

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1996/12/1 (257 reads)

story wasn't so much good to me. Because there was nobody around much, storytell? ing; it was gone out of practice, so much of storytelling. There was hardly anywhere you'd go that you'd get anybody to pay much attention to those stories. There'd be very few. They were on the way out, pretty well. I just kept them up because I could read Gaelic, and I'd be remembering of stories that I heard. But then they went out for awhile. Oh, I was pretty near lost. I was so darn Iclose to the line, that I was on the way out. But just be? tween , what you picked up for the mag? azine. And Sr. Margaret Beaton {founder of Cape fbrafs on the Cabot Trail Best selection of hooked rugs Flora's offers an excellent selection of rugs and other hooked items, made by over 100 local craft ladies. We also feature other quality handcrafts and souvenirs. • Coasters • Sweaters • Chair seats • Quilts • Wall hangings • Placemats • Rugs n. i • Tartans Flora's has served the tourist industry for over 25 years. We welcome tour groups for one stop shopping. You're sure to enjoy /~ our rug hooking dem? onstrations! U. S. CURRENCY AT BANK RATE. ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ARE ACCEPTED, P. O. Box 316, Cheticamp, N.S. BOE 1 HO PHONE: (902) 224-3139 Bretoniana archives at the University Col? lege of Cape Breton), she wanted to get some stories. And Rosemary Hutchison {then host of CBC Radio's "Island Echoes") was anxious to get some of them, along those lines. It started coming back. And when it became useful or popular, well. I got back into it again, going into the books, and trying to find stories that I'd heard several times and forgotten. Even stories that I used to tell. There are some stories yet that I can't get back in their own place any more. And I knew them once upon a time. In fact, I've told stories that I can't go back on them any more, I can't find--get them in their place. There's certain pieces missing. And what's missing, it's no good to me. I can't fill in. (You can't fill in.) No, because there's something has to be. If I was to start filling in, I'd have to make a new story out of it, go away from it completely. Well, that wouldn't do. (You don't like to do that?) No, no. I wouldn't. Well, if I was going to set up a new one and make it altogether different to the rest. Well yes, that's good enough. Like Lauchie Mac? Lellan. {Joe Neil had high praise for "Lauchie's Dream," a Gaelic story created from tra- Iditional elements and told by Lauchie MacLellan, Dunvegan. DON'S FLOWERS Serving Port Hood, Judique, Inverness and Surrounding Areas p. O. Box 179, Port Hawkesbury, N. S. BOE 2V0 Telephone 625-2215 or 625-2717 Legendary Low Prices! It All Started Here In Cape Breton. We're Proud To Employ Over 285 Employees! • Sydney • North Sydney • * Glace Bay * Sydney River *
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