Category Archives: Storytelling

The Power of a Wish

Christmas, at least for me, brings back memories and feelings like no other season can. Every year, in early December, my mom would get out the decorations – glass ornaments, silver tinsel (re-used year after year), and large multi-colored lights. … Continue reading

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Deep Stories from a Small Place

How many people know details about their great-great-great-great-great-aunt’s life? And know the details so well that they can write a fascinating story about an event some would say was a miracle? Obviously, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock‘s ancestors kept the story alive by passing it down … Continue reading

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Their Names Were Brat and Birdy

What kind of person sets out to become a ballerina by reading library books and practicing dance steps in her family’s driveway? Or spends hours studying large medical textbooks, trying to learn about anesthetics … at the age of 12? … Continue reading

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Now … the Rest of the Story

Reading a book by Jon Scieszka is a little like walking through a house of mirrors at the fair. The story sounds similar to things you’ve read before … yet just a little off. In some spots, you do a double-take and reread the … Continue reading

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Simple Stories … or Are They?

I don’t remember when I first read The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, but the idea of a house with feelings didn’t seem that far-fetched to me. Maybe it was my age. According to Christine Lundberg, a producer and filmmaker who’s been active … Continue reading

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Can You Hear the Story?

The places we live and the things we experience as youngsters stay with us forever. For Cynthia Rylant, who grew up in the heart of Appalachia in the 1960s, that meant getting close to nature in a much deeper way than most of … Continue reading

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Along for the Ride?

“It’s funny how ideas are; in a lot of ways they’re just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then … woop, zoop, sloop … before you can say Jack Robinson, they’ve gone and grown a lot … Continue reading

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Let Those Ideas ‘Sneak In’

“Travel is the best way of getting new ideas.”  – Graeme Base Graeme Base is what you might call a “Renaissance man.” His dream as a boy was to be an artist or a musician. He became both. But along the … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Process

In her book, The Art of the Possible, Alexandra Stoddard says that “Play is serious business.” It challenges us to solve problems, which keeps us focused. It releases tension, opens blocked thinking, boosts energy, and balances our immune systems. I … Continue reading

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Simplify, Simplify …

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify!”  – Henry David Thoreau Henry Thoreau made this statement more than a century ago, yet it’s still true today. Even more so than when I first read Thoreau’s book Walden … Continue reading

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