pub singingA community that sings together stays together. It’s time for The Hearth Pub Sing! Thursday, January 29th from 7 to 8:30pm at Louie’s Restaurant and Bar off the plaza in downtown Ashand. Led by Hearth regular Wendi Stanek, we’ll chase away the winter blues with some heartfelt folk songs, spirituals, and popular songs. This is an all-ages event and there is no fee.

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There are still tickets available for our pre-event, wine and dessert reception for The Hearth Holiday Gathering Thursday, December 11th, from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland.  Tickets for this special fundraiser are limited. A $50 VIP ticket includes local wines, delicious desserts, live music, and reserved seating for that night’s Best of The Hearth Holiday Gathering (7:30-9:30pm, open to the public) with stories from some of our favorite tellers on the theme “All in the Family.” Tellers include Mary Landberg, Joshua Boettiger, Michael Fitzgerald, Juliet Grable, Lorraine Cook, and Mark Yaconelli. Music by Wendi Stanek and friends. To reserve your tickets email mark@thehearthcommunity.com. This is our once-in-a-year evening in which all ticket proceeds benefit The Hearth.

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE THE PRE-EVENT RECEPTION you can still attend The Best of The Hearth Holiday Gathering (7:30-9:30, $10 donation) or simply support The Hearth by making a tax-deductible donation. Simply send your check or money order to The Hearth, 400 Morton St., Ashland, Oregon 97520. Thanks friends.

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We are very grateful to Eric Hansen and True South Solar for sponsoring our fall Hearth event on October 30th, from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon. Thanks to True South Solar all proceeds collected at the door for this event will go to Rogue Climate which seeks to bring communities together in Southern Oregon for clean energy and a more stable climate. True South Solar will be present at the October 30th event and will offer a special discount to Hearth participants. Learn more about True South Solar and how you can switch your home or business to clean energy here.

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(photo courtesy of Joseph Linaschke at www.photojoseph.com)

Storytelling is a hot topic for business leaders. Recent TED talks plus a new article by Harvard Business School advocates the use of story for communicating a key message or mission. Of course, in wisdom traditions storytelling is much more than a means for a message. For traditional cultures, stories are multifaceted; they are worlds to be explored, mirrors for self-reflection, maps that can be useful for charting (or measuring) a life. In The Hearth, stories are often experienced as a kind of medicine used to heal loneliness, build community, reduce shame, and inspire generosity.

The Harvard Business School offers its own tips on How To Tell a Great Story. To see The Hearth’s personal storytelling tips go here.