This blog is focuses on the power of story. That includes the wisdom that comes from paying attention to our family stories. It also includes ways that people put experience into story and how those stories get shaped and used.
Fiction is story that mirrors life. The complexity of human experience can only be expressed as story. That has been true since the start of time or when the first storyteller began the first story, which might be the same.
Parts of this blog include raw material for my memoir, ideas for my fiction and additional musings.
Rules! Rules! Rules!
You got a bike, a dog and a swimming suit——–And the beach is off limits!!!!!
I remember reading a John Updike short story about a young man working a boring summer job bagging groceries. Some bikini clad girls come in and buy beer and chips for a picnic at the beach. They invite the young grocery bagger to join them, and he does. He hands his apron to his boss and follows the girls out the front door. Updike suggests that’s exactly the right thing for him to do. He is after all 17 years...
Video is everywhere. Before 1970s, it was rare. Now it’s ubiquitous and storytellers need to be aware of the power of this particular medium.
Here’s a slideshow/video I did for Women Work Together www.womenworktogether.org for their year end fundraising campaign.
I used some great photos, added a message, and a little music. See what you think . . .
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” True that.
However the new Suffragette movie now playing at my local cinema shows the cost of NOT being-well-behaved. Getting the vote in England was not easy. The movie shows one women losing her child because she’s “unfit.” It shows women being beaten by police. It shows them going to prison. It doesn’t show them getting raped there. They were raped. It does show them being force-fed.
Also startling are the dates when women finally got...
It happened so fast.
I was on a commercial flight approaching Portland, Oregon when I heard a pop and all the lights in the plane went out. Before I could do more than wonder what happened, the pilot came on and announced that we’d been hit by lightening. He assured us that everything was fine. However, we’d been cleared for an immediate landing. That meant we were on the ground ahead of schedule which made me happy. I hurried home and didn’t give the whole incident much thought.
Then, years later, a pilot/friend was...
I’ve challenged myself to write a series of short-short stories of less than 300 words each. Here’s FOUND–DIAMOND RING. Enjoy.
Karin found a diamond ring in the dirt along the path where she hiked most mornings with her dog. It was a spot where engaged couples come to have their picture taken in front of Boulder, Colorado’s famous mountain backdrop. Karin would never have engagement pictures taken here. Too ordinary.
Karin wasn’t ordinary. She wasn’t beautiful either, but her dog loved her. Toby was her third golden...
This is a rainbow seen from an airplane. Perspective changes everything.
Our dog really liked drinking from the hose, but she hated having it splash her in the face. So she worked and worked until she got it just right–the water flowing full force straight down her throat, no splash. Watching her arrive at that exact position was like watching her wrestle with some kind of splash monster until she’d won. And every time I watched her do it, I held my breath until she’d conquered the Hose Monster one more time.
Thing is, it’s ever so much more exciting to talk about Oola and the Hose...
“It’s a good day when you don’t have to release the flying monkeys.”
Love that quote. On second thought, I’m not sure what loving the quote says about me.
Of course, everyone knows the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz movie. The movie and the story have become a staple of American culture. Sadly, in the end, good, sweet Dorothy melts the wicked witch with the flying monkeys.
I know, I’ve got the story wrong. I’m supposed to cheer for Dorothy. She is the hero who saves the day (that’s hero,...
The Dalai Lama is coming to Boulder, where I live, October 20 and 21. The following is a key paragraph from the announcement:
“It’s a long-standing tradition at CU-Boulder to host the world’s best and brightest achievers,” said Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “We all benefit from hearing their stories. In that spirit, we are delighted to welcome and learn from the Dalai Lama.”
Slight problem: The Dalai Lama doesn’t advocate achievement. He values storytellers, wisdom, and peace. I’m guessing that...
I think short stories are harder to write than novels. Every word needs to count. You have to create a single strong impact. The short story has to be more about character than plot etc. etc. etc.
And snakes. Yes, snake will catch the reader’s attention.
I’m leading up to the fact that one of my short stories (you can read it under Fun Stuff on this website) won Second Place in the Laura Awards Contest sponsored by Women Writing the West. It’s called The Family Snake Oil and it really does have lots of snakes to...