Story Quote # 7

Buck Ramsey (cowboy poet) testifying in favor of funding National Endowment for the Humanities “I think our nation, and our species has common memory that keep us, through tradition, connected; reminded of the precious things our minds and hearts and souls have sifted and sanctified from our long and common experience. But, as regards to songs, stories, and poems, which are much of the tradition of my tribe, I learned early a curious fact:...

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2009 Conference on World Affairs

100 speakers, 200 panels, 5 days, the 61st annual Conference on World Affairs offered some great quotes about story. No one ever marched on Washington because of a pie chart. You need a good story. —Terry McNally (radio commentator) You need to know where you came from to know who you are. Ask your family for the stories. –Liz Weir (Irish storyteller Boom Chicka Boom) We need a poetic response to reality. –Peter Thabit Jones...

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Story Quote #6

  “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” –Will Rogers, early 20th Century entertainer. His story proves the point. He was never one to “just sit there.” He was successful at vaudeville, silent film, writing, roping, and speaking. He traveled the world and took up flying. Unfortunately, on a 1935 flight around the world, his plane, an experimental hybrid, crashed...

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Story Quote #3–Care of Sick Unfolds in Stories

Columbia University is offering a graduate program in narrative medicine!! “The care of the sick unfolds in stories. The effective practice of healthcare requires the narrative competence to recognize, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and experiences of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence is a model for humane and effective healthcare.” (see ad in Jan. 19, 2009 New Yorker Magazine)

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