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This is an inspirational story of how to build a strong relationship. All of your adventures must build so many shared memories and stories together that are key to keeping a relationship strong. I can imagine you and your husband through the many stages of your relationship, laughing at all you've shared!
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The image of the storyteller with the skirt of many colors is so vivid--I can imagine you as that storyteller, Sandra--sitting and telling both personal stories and folktales to rapt audiences.
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Oh my gosh! If there hadn't been a cat picture at the top I would not have known until well into paragraph 2 that you were talking about your fur babies. I can totally imagine Iris mewing from the refrigerator and I'm so relieved she responded to your shaking the treats and wasn't trapped too long in the cold!
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Your description of your reaction when you found the pin is perfect--I can practically see you as a child and hear your scream when you found the pin for show and tell. I never thought about all the elements of show and tell from the child's viewpoint and also the storytelling skills that are being nurtured!
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You capture so well that feeling of nostalgia and why sometimes the memory is better! And I like that you were able to contrast your memory with the "reality" and create a story around that!
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It's so interesting to hear how you shifted your thinking about your "purpose" in life and how you found it again. One of the things I love most about your stories is that they have an unexpected element to them, just like that unexpected fact about you in the opening paragraph. Your purposeful storytelling also resonates with me in terms of the "attitude" you enact during your stories. You completely commit and bring the audience along.
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Your closing question is the perfect one for storytelling. It's sometimes really hard for me to be open to learning new (creative) things! It's much easier to stay in my usual lane of appreciating the stories others tell. But, I agree that this class is the perfect supportive environment in which to stretch my creative muscles and try something new.
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This is such a wonderful memory and story of Mr. Lacapa--and how lucky for the students to have him, you and Liz to learn from! Your story reminds me of a novel titled The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. In the book, there is an alternative world where people who have passed away live on and continue to tell stories, as long as someone in the "real" world is still there to remember them. Your memory ensures Michael Lacapa's stories and art live on.
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Thanks for sharing how you open yourself up to others for both living and for stories! It reminds me of a Ted Talk by Kio Stark titled "Why You Should Talk to Strangers." She advocates striking up a conversation to be friendly, to build intimacy and community and because it is good for us! One of her suggestions is simply complimenting someone's shoes. I like the idea that you never know what might happen when you strike up a conversation--like you reconnecting with your mechanic! It's like finding the best kind of jelly beans (which for me, would be licorice).
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Thank you for this encouraging post! I like how you used the idea of crucible to discuss the storyteller's dilemma of wanting to tell a "weighty" story but not feeling like we have one to tell. But when I think about the personal stories that resonate for me, they aren't ones where big things have happened, they're usually some smaller unexpected insight--just as you describe!
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I like how you channeled the Nike "Just Do It" for this post, Marian! It was helpful to read about your own storytelling journey, the different ways you've forced yourself to "just tell it" in a variety of settings and styles, and your own encouragement that personal experiences, no matter how "normal," can build universal connections. Thanks for the insights and wisdom!
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