“You are a living, breathing story. What you make of your story makes you.”
—Barbara Stahura, CJF

“Story is the mother of us all.”
—Christina Baldwin

“We live not by things, but by the meanings of things.”
—Antoine de St.-Exupery

“The story of your life is the tale that you repeatedly tell yourself about who you are, what you want, and what you can and cannot do.”
—Carol S. Pearson, PhD.

“Everything is story, including our identities, our selves, our meanings and purposes, our theories about the world.”
—Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona

“We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
—The Talmud

“The words you speak become the house you live in.”
—Hafiz

“Change the story and you change perceptions; change perception and you change the world.”
—Jean Houston

“Story. Story is my medicine.”
—Deena Metzger

Losing a Place You Love

(To listen to this post, see below.) A Facebook post recently revealed a lovely new word that has remained with me: hiraeth. It’s a Welsh word, pronounced “here-eyeth” with a rolled “r.” It’s really untranslatable because there are no English words that fully encompass its meaning, but the definition in the post was “a homesickness […]

Be That Butterfly!

(Would you rather listen to this blog post than read it? Go to the end of the post.) We all know the story of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. But do you know what actually happens to the caterpillar inside the chrysalis? According to an article in Scientific American, “First, the caterpillar digests itself, releasing […]

Forgotten Memories Revived

Feeling nostalgic and curious a few weeks ago, I pulled out two bags of old letters and cards I’ve saved over the years. They’re from family and friends, with some even dating back to the late 1980s. What an amazing treasure trove! Handwritten letters (remember when we actually sent those?) and cards with handwritten notes, […]

National Transitions and Painted Rocks

People aren’t the only ones who go through transitions. So do countries. Just as ours is doing right now. All the turmoil, anger, arguing, cruelty, incivility, and even some mass shootings are signs of it. The old way (or at least the illusion of it) is ending, and a new beginning lies ahead—so we are […]

Transitions Can Surprise Us

In the last few months, people I love have been experiencing all kinds of transitions, and I can’t help but be affected. These transitions began around the time of Mom’s memorial service, which was held on May 26. She died on January 2 and was cremated. With her kids and grandkids living in Indiana, Michigan, […]

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