From The Jefferson Exchange on JPR: Ashland storyteller advocates telling stories for all, in a new book

Listen to the Jefferson Exchange Interview Here Maybe an adult said this to you as a kid: "I don't want to hear your little story." Ouch. That attitude can be just as hurtful between adults, and there are lots of people in today's world who just don't want to [...]

The medicinal qualities of stories

A couple of weeks ago I met with national book award recipient Colum McCann to discuss the medicinal qualities of stories. We began by piling up anxieties: political divisiveness, catastrophic climate change, wealth inequality, systemic racial violence. “We’ve become morally homeless,” Colum lamented. “Our lack of affection for others [...]

Blowing on the embers of a fire

Storyteller Elizabeth Ellis refers to storytelling in community as “blowing on the embers of a fire.” The sacred truths of this world are hidden within the reality of human experience. The language of that experience is story.  It’s through story that communities are bound, through story that individual identities [...]

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