Keeping Girls in School in Guatemala–Mother’s Stories

Keeping Girls in School in Guatemala–Mother’s Stories

I’m on the board of an organization WOMEN WORK TOGETHER that is trying to keep Guatemalan girls in school. The New York Times (2/12/2015) did an extensive article about that same area of Guatemala and the fact that girls as young as eleven drop out of school and are married and pregnant by age twelve or thirteen. Breaking that cycle is not easy. How does WWT approach the problem? With story. We have the girls interview and write their...

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Peeing, Pissing, Urinating or Laughing–Which Story?

Peeing, Pissing, Urinating or Laughing–Which Story?

We have a new puppy who is peeing, pissing, and urinating on the living room rug, which can get old before the dog does, so I’m kinda sorta glad I could still laugh when I saw Richard Jackson’s sculpture adorning the Orange County Museum. Puppies will be puppies. Ours is a Great Dane. Jackson’s is a Labrador. Plenty of labradors walk their owners by my house and stop at the corner of my neighbor’s fence. When we first...

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Want Job–Tell A Story

Liz Ryan writes a column in the Daily Camera, my local newspaper, about keeping your career on track. On August 24, 2009 it was all about the power of story, especially in a job interview. She writes: A story answer to an interview question has three benefits over a stock “Yes, I’ve done {x} in spades” answer: 1. It’s more memorable to the interviewer. 2. It brings out more of you–not just your skills. It shows...

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