Linda Smith Holder
I was born and raised in a small town in Illinois. I grew
up listening to stories told by my grandmother, aunt, parents, and many older
people around me. It seemed that everywhere I looked there were stories just
waiting to be heard and written. I am the youngest of four and have traveled
with my missionary parents as far south as Honduras, spending time at many of
the ruins in Central America and Mexico. I heard stories told by descendents of
Mayas and Aztecs, and sat around campfires where the spirits came to listen to
their stories being told.
M.S. Library and Information Science
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Candidate for graduation
Graduate School of Library and Information
B.S. in Science
University of Texas Pan American
Majoring in All Level Health, Physical Education, and
I also have certification in Reading and Library Science.
A.A. in Social Studies
I have been involved in historical pageants since before I
could walk. I was given the part of the child who got trampled by the horses
because I could look so dead. But directing campfires and leading children’s
plays has been my main work in the storytelling world. I have directed
campfires and taught campfire classes for church, girl scouts, and cubs scouts
for about forty years and still have a lot to learn.
My latest adventures into storytelling have taken me behind
stage where I write, direct, and produce children’s plays for my church. This
work is the ultimate in storytelling because the children become the tellers of
stories that come alive as they are acted out on the stage.
As I have progressed through the many stages of my life, I
have grown into a greater knowledge of my world. In this growth I have found
the music of my soul. I play and compose music for my Native American flute,
and in the playing I gain a greater appreciation of sunsets and sunrises, rain
and rainbows, oceans and beaches. I have been privileged to work with the
carver of my flute and have just received my drum so new learning starts again.
May the Great Spirit blow winds of peace across your life.