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The Storytelling Project Model: A Theoretical Framework for Critical Examination of Racism Through the Arts

by Mary K. Clark. This essay, The Storytelling Project Model: A Theoretical Framework for Critical Examination of Racism Through the Arts  by Lee Anne Bell & Rosemarie A. Roberts describes . . . . . . the evolution of a theoretical model for teaching critically about racism and racial stories utilizing the arts. We reflect …

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The Timeslips Program: Story, Dementia and a Bit of Imagination

by Mary K. Clark.  The joy and importance of shared connection and communication are discussed in a recent NPR story entitled Alzheimer’s Patients Turn To Stories Instead of Memories by Joanne  Silberner.  She writes: On one recent day, 15 elderly people were forming a circle. The room is typical — linoleum floors, cellophane flowers on …

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The Placebo Effect, Language and Story

by Mary K. Clark. In Counterclockwise ~ Mindful Health and The Power of Possibility,  Ellen J. Langer explores aging and mindfulness.  The book is a fascinating read on the topic of mindfulness, however, she also explores the effect of placebos and language. The most dramatic example of language acting as placebo can be found in the …

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The Brain, Story and the Written Word

by Mary K.  Clark. Can stories stimulate and possibly even change how we act in life?  Neuroscience is showing that it can according to Annie Murphy Paul in her New York Times Opinion Piece, Your Brain on Fiction. Researchers have long known that the “classical” language regions, like Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area, are involved …

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Untold Stories

by Mary K. Clark Though stories may not be shared in spoken or written word, they often are shared between the lines – between moments – seemingly invisible, yet ever present. These are some of my musings after coming upon Holocaust survivors:  Harrowing Ordeals still largely untold written by Petula Dvorak of the Washington Post. …

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The Robe of Love: Secret Instructions of the Heart

Retold by Laura Simms. Codhill Press: ISBN 1-930337-05-1 Book Review by Karl Hallsten. I was pressed one morning, getting ready for a 6 hour-workshop I was presenting the following day, when a package came. I had ordered a new release by Laura Simms, The Robe of Love: Secret Instructions of the Heart, at a bargain …

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Bill Noonan’s Annotated Bibliography

(Student’s Research 1988 – 1997) Becvar, Dorothy & Raphael, J. “Storytelling and Family Therapy.” The American Journal of Family Therapy 21, no. 2 (1993): 145-60. This article examines four aspects of storytelling as they relate to various therapeutic models. The author explores the application via the approaches used by such individuals as Rollo May, Gregory …

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