Culture and Facial Expressions

by Mary K. Clark Are facial expressions a universal language? This was a very small but intriguing study which challenged the theory that facial expressions are the same across diverse cultures. Facial expressions have been called the “universal language of emotion,” but people from different cultures perceive happy, sad or angry facial expressions in unique ways, …

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Digital Storytelling Resources – Health, Education, Social Change …

by Mary K. Clark Some wonderful digital storytelling resources are shared at Culture and health:  A Festival of ideas and resources. Digital storytelling connects us in many ways. If you haven’t checked it out yet and/or are interested in learning more, this article has a great list of sites to get you started: Digital Storytelling …

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Culturally Appropriate Storytelling to Improve Blood Pressure – A Randomized Trial

by Mary K.  Clark Can story be used to improve blood pressure? African-Americans with uncontrolled high blood pressure benefited from an intervention using DVDs of real patients’ stories of how they dealt with their chronic disease. Read the rest of the article at:  http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=71702.  This article is shared  by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  To …

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Festival Revives Traditional Art of Storytelling

The Gulf Today (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates), March 18, 2012 Summary: Committed to sharing the delight of traditional Arabic art forms with new generations of children and young people, the Abu Dhabi Festival’s Community Programme is hosting a range of workshops and performances focused on storytelling. Reviving the art of storytelling, as well as traditional …

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Sweeping Ashes for the Witch

by Regina Ress Living from within myth and fairytale, looking with a metaphoric eye, life’s lessons are deeply experienced and learned. Recently I spent two months volunteering for Fundacion Arte del Mundo, an arts and literacy center in the Andean town of Baños, Ecuador. Besides the in-town waterfall and hot springs for which the town …

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Uncle Cleo and the Word the Devil Made Up

by Kirk Waller Listen to story Uncle Cleo means a lot to me for many reasons. Each time I tell and hear the story, it reminds me of all of the people in my life that have introduced me to and influenced my storytelling. It intimates at the magic of those older storytellers weaving stories …

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Domestic Violence Week Uses Storytelling to Inspire Healing

The Spectator (Seattle University, Seattle, WA), February 22, 2012 Summary: Last week was the second annual Domestic Violence Awareness Week at Seattle University. In spreading awareness on survival and healing, several speakers, including the Thrivers Action Group, or TAG, came to share their stories and spread social awareness. According to TAG member Trese Todd, domestic …

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Identity Theft: the Leprechaun

By Yvonne Healy What is more Irish than storytelling? American audiences often request stories about one particular Irish character. They visualize a little man dressed in spring’s color with a matching green top hat, jacket and shoes with big buckles and a matching scarf. He beguiles with his sprightly laugh and dancing step. You want …

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