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Grief Tales: The Therapeutic Power of Folktales to Heal Bereavement and Loss

by Sunwolf, Ph.D. At nightfall the cuckolded and damaged king ordered another maiden and her slave brought to his  chambers and took his pleasure. As the night wore on the slave spoke,”Mistress if you are not sleepy tell us one of your lovely little tales to while away the night before I must bid you …

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Mourning into Daylight: The Place of Story in a Bereavement Group

by Fran Yardley. Over the past ten years, I have been following the path of working with healing story often. At first, I wasn’t sure how this would manifest. The 22 years of experience I have had working as a storyteller has taught me that usually, we do not choose our stories; they choose us. …

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Storytelling Unplugged

by Wendy Welch and Jack Beck. StUn (Storytelling Unplugged) is a Scottish non-profit organization, set up in 2000, whose members are tellers, singers, musicians and artists using their skills as practical problem-solving tools with people of all ages and abilities and in all kinds of settings. Prior to the establishment of StUn virtually all of …

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Fight or Flight Into Health: “S” and Cancer

by Tuly Flint. “Go away!” he screamed. “You are being a bad boy! You won’t get any present from me with this crying!” As I entered his room, I was barraged with shrieks from “S,” a four-and-a-half-year-old boy staying in our children’s oncology department. I work as both a social worker and performing storyteller in …

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Bringing Us Back to Life: Building Community in Business Through Ritual and Story

by Seth Kahan. When I visit corporate offices, I so often experience a sense of separation from nature, as if people have forgotten about the sun, the moon, the seasons. Day after day, in climate-controlled hallways and putty-colored cubes, people work ceaselessly to further their organization’s objectives. Have they lost touch with something essential, with …

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Moth To The Flame

by Lorna MacDonald Czarnota. The blood on Becky’s cracked lip had begun to dry by the time she stepped from the bedroom into the living room. The door creaked loudly on its hinges. Becky froze, hoping Jeff wouldn’t wake. The only other sound was a low hiss from the television station that had gone off …

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