Monday, July 14, 2014


By Kate Collins

I received this letter from my childhood friend Candace last week that I decided to share with you because it almost brought me to tears.

Here’s her letter:

“There was an article in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal that caught my attention. It was by Robert A. Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Company, and talked about leisure time. Walt Disney was quoted and I thought of you..

`As Walt also predicted, people's need to be entertained with storytelling has endured; We gravitate to the universal stories that bind us-tales of adventure, heroism and love, tales that provide comfort and escape. Great storytelling still remains the bedrock of great entertainment.’

And although Walt Disney made that statement in 1956, Mr Iger concludes that he `share(s) Walt Disney's optimism and his belief that whatever lies ahead, it will be defined by great storytelling. Just like it has always been.’

Looks like you have an enduring skill, there, Kate... a job security that is defined by the human race... the need for love, adventure, escape, heroism, comfort...  You are on top of it, girl!”


I am so appreciative of Candace’s kind words. Love, adventure, escape, heroism and comfort, along with a dose of comedy, is exactly what Abby Knight and the Flower Shop Mysteries are all about.

I’ve always believed that stories help us navigate the rough waters of life, showing us how others have coped with every problem known to mankind and survived (for the most part.) Stories give us guidelines for how to live better lives. Stories inspire us to take up swords against injustice. Stories ask us to suspend belief in order to make a larger point. Stories provide a haven away from the stresses of our lives where we can laugh and cheer, safe in the knowledge that everything will turn out all right. (At least in most books.)
And I firmly believe Robert Iger had it right – that no matter where the future takes us, and no matter what form it comes in, there will always be a need for a story.



Mark Baker said...

I also agree on the need for storytelling. It has survived the entire human history. We will also need story tellers, be it around a camp fire, in a book, on a screen, or in whatever form entertainment takes next.

Karen in Ohio said...

Amen, sister!

We were just talking about this last night, although our focus was on the kinds of stories we hear and watch today. (Zombies and vampires, for instance.) But whatever form they take, the basics are always there: a human struggle worked through somehow; a change in outlook or position; the desire and need for love, and how we strive for it. That stuff never gets old.

Maggie Sefton said...

Amen, Kate. Human beings have been teaching each other through story since the beginning of Time. And---helping to heal each other, too, as well as entertain and amuse each other. Think of all our entertainers----singers are singing us a story of some sort, comedians are making us laugh by telling us funny stories. Stories are vital to us as human beings, I believe. Stories are powerful. And I am so grateful to be born a Storyteller. :)

Kate Collins said...

Exactly. The form may change but the story will be the same.

Kate Collins said...

I always wondered what it is in vampire/zombie stories that strikes such a large nerve in the world right now.

Kate Collins said...

Me, too, Maggie!

Diane said...

I am so thankful of all you storytellers. As an only child and in the time before tv, I was taken to the Library to get books and have been a reader ever since. When I am bored or lonely I can pick up a book and read a story. I can watch tv and see a story. I don't go to the movies much but could if I wanted to see a story unfold on the big screen. Once again, thanks to all of you for telling me many stories. BTW, I don't like vampire/zombie stories but I guess many people do, so we need those kinds of stories too. I just prefer things I can believe could happen. One of my many quirks. Keep telling us your stories.

Annette said...

I can not imagine my life without "stories". Whether it was listening to family stories, studying history or reading fiction, it's all stories.

Annette N said...


I had an event in my life that left me with an illness similar to what is PTSD in military personnel. Since the age of 4, I have been reading and books had helped me deal with an isolation situation. After my diagnosis I started reading romance novels, and they made me see happy endings. That meant a great deal to me and allowed me to slowly move forward in dealing with life. I now can read cozy mysteries, because they do not create anxiety for me. So, just as everyone has said, I appreciate what you do and how very much being able to go into another world helps me. Thank you for being a story teller!

Kate Collins said...

Thank you, Diane. I plan to!

Kate Collins said...

And we're each living out our own story, too, Annette.

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, Annette. After my husband passed away suddenly, my only escape from the darkness of grief was slipping into the happiness of Abby Knight's world. It helped me cope. It sounds like you have overcome a lot in your life. I'm happy to hear the part stories played in that. God bless you.