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Transforming Fear in the Aftermath of School Shootings

Compiled for public use by Laura Simms. The Healing Story Alliance is grateful to Diane Wyzga for sending these resources collected by Morgan Adams. They are for those working with children and parents affected by the Connecticut tragedy. The increasing senseless  violence culminating in the terrifying events that occurred yesterday affect all of us.  You …

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Storytelling, Body Maps, Research: Undocumented Workers

by Mary K. Clark I found myself captivated by the storytelling and body maps used in gathering research for the e-book, Entangled in a Web of Exploitation and Solidarity: Latin American Undocumented Workers in the Greater Toronto Area, authored by Denise Gastaldo, Christine Carrasco and Lilian Magalhães.  I also came away with a better understanding of  …

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The Art of Conversation Revived

by Mary K. Clark. Imagine having a conversation without someone glancing down at their smartphone – repeatedly.  The ancient art of conversation was revived in lower Manhattan this week; people talking with people, sharing and telling stories, in real time – no filters or interruptions.  Bianca Bosker writes in New York Blackout Kills Phones, Revives …

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Forgiveness – a Story and a Project

by Mary K. Clark. Revenge? Forgiveness? Busyness?  Paul Vallely suggests that there is more involved in forgiveness than we might think. He shares with us the revealing story of Eric Lomax  who recently passed away, in an article entitled, The ultimate heroism is forgiving the enemy.  (This site does take a moment or two to …

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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

by Mary K.  Clark. We talk with our bodies don’t we?  Isn’t that what body language is all about?  A person’s body language helps convey their story to the listener.  It turns out that body language may also change how people see themselves – perhaps how storytellers see themselves. Amy Cuddy gives a fascinating TED …

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Children Full of Life – A Teacher Shares His Wisdom

by Mary K. Clark. How do we teach our children to be happy? to understand feelings?  to cope with bullying and death? to share compassion?  Mr. Kanamori, a 4th grade teacher and his students share their wisdom in a wonderful documentary entitled, Children Full of Life.  Mr. Kanamori’s  class is followed for  one year – …

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Stories of Mesothelioma Survivors Inspire Hope Among Patients

by Faith Franz. When cancer survivors share their stories, they do more than highlight their own experiences – they provide others with hope for similar success. Survivor stories can help patients with rare cancers such as mesothelioma feel less isolated by their condition. They can also help patients with a terminal diagnosis see that there …

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Patient Voices Website

by Mary K. Clark. What a delight it is to discover the Patient Voices website!  This site houses over 250 digital stories that help viewers gain insight into health care and social responsibility. In addition to stories, you will find interesting research and resources. In 2003, Pip Hardy and Tony Sumner founded Patient Voices which …

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