Why Tell Ghost Stories? – At Halloween or Any Time?!

[Re-activating my blog by sharing a favorite one from the past on this Halloween…] When I was a child, my favorite holiday was Halloween. Not because of the candy – though I certainly enjoyed the Tootsie Rolls and Snickers and yes, candy corn. No, it was the atmosphere of it all – the tree branches […]

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Respite

Like many, in addition to ongoing layers of personal and professional life, I’ve been overwhelmed by so much in the news…So, blog has been silent…though thoughts have been many… And so just for a bit of respite for myself, today I set down a few morning observations like I do sometimes here at the edge […]

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Close Encounter – A Story of Gratitude

Well. I waited at the red light, to pull out of my neighborhood and make a left onto the four-lane main thoroughfare to head south. When it turned green I still waited a bit as the car to the right that had been waiting for its chance to turn left in front of me onto […]

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Blue Christmas?

What to do with melancholy at Christmastime? For lots of people, this is thankfully not a problem. For lots of people, unfortunately it is. And for any number of reasons…

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Meaning-Making

“Story allows us to make information productive. Without Story, information is nothing but a lot of bricks lying about waiting for someone to make constructive use of them.” – Aidan Chambers STORIES MAKE MEANING FOR US That’s what stories do.  And that’s why humans tell stories.

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Faeroy postcard

Faeroy – my family’s tiny Norwegian island

“What’s your favorite story to tell?” – One of the most common questions asked me during Q&A sessions over the years. I used to demur about how I love ALL my stories; that’s why I tell them. But…a favorite one has indeed emerged in recent years:

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Thumbs up for storytelling in school!

Part 2 – 5 Reasons Why We Need Storytelling in Schools

“Story is the vehicle we use to make sense of our lives in a world that often defies logic.” (Jim Trelease) Swap the words “poetry/poem/poet” with “storytelling/story/storyteller” as I did in last week’s blog about the first 3 reasons 

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Do You Know This “Secret Power” of Story?

It was a glorious Colorado autumn day! Ohhhhh, let me throw open the door and step out into the blue-sky bright-sunshine lovely-fresh air! Glorious! Deep breath, big smile…

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