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Crossing The Line

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING ©Allison Cox He had crossed the line… one too many times, leaving me battered in both body and soul. So I called my friend Reen, who was planning a trip out west and asked, “Can I come with you?” And alleluia, she said, “Yes!” Reen had just …

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Adapting the Story “The Star Thrower”

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING © Kate Dudding After agreeing to tell stories at a ten-year-old’s birthday party, I asked her mother, “What things is your daughter interested in?” “She loves everything about the sea, especially starfish.” “Oh, I’ve heard a story about a starfish. I’ll be sure to tell it at the …

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The Devil In The Green Coat

DIVING IN THE MOON DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING © Cooper Braun Once upon a time, a young soldier returned to the shores of America from the jungles of Vietnam. In the city where he found himself discharged, he had no friends and no family. And he found that the people there did not …

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Social Justice, Healing Story & Resilience

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING © Mike Seliger The Healing Story Alliance (HSA) recently posted a new section on its website: “Healing Story and Social Justice.” Still a work in progress, this initiative encourages contributions of stories, links, articles, commentary, and announcements of relevant events (concerts, workshops, etc.). It seeks to address a need …

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Tricking The Trickster

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING © Gemma B. Benton I went to sleep believing that the morning would provide new hope and a positive new direction. Instead, I awoke to what I considered an inconceivable nightmare and devastating reality. I was stunned. More than anything I felt a deep betrayal. I felt betrayed …

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Special Talents! Special Audiences! Special Money!

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING ©Joseph Andrecjahk Galata There is a saying in the professional marketing arena – “Anytime that you can easily and inexpensively distribute your product that the public wants, then you have a chance for success. ”Both novice and experienced storytellers can more readily than not – either in …

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Melisande’s Lipstick

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING © Loren Niemi After she had the last top tooth pulled… (For reasons not worth going into) She said she was excited to get dentures Not for the eating but for the lipstick They could again be framed by. Forget the possibility of a red smear on …

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StoriesWork And Unique Storytelling

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING © Lenora Ucko, PhD A Storytelling Organization StoriesWork, a Durham, North Carolina non-profit founded by Lenora Ucko in the year 2000, developed a program for group discussion of folk stories to encourage insight and provide tools for coping with life’s challenges. How do we do this? We use the magic and …

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To The New Caregiver

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING © Mike Seliger This poem evolved from a lengthy correspondence between Mike Seliger and Phyllis Blackstone. Phyllis was frustrated by the mechanically proficient but personally distant performance of tasks by care-persons at a nursing home where one of her loved ones was in residence. She initially wanted to send an angry, …

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Facing My Fish

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING ©Lani Peterson “There’s no way you’re gonna make me do this thing. No way.” I looked out across the seated group of eight adolescent girls. Their high school guidance counselor had referred them to this after school “Finding Your Voice” storytelling workshop. Most of the girls were …

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