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Narrative Medicine: Inspiring Healing Through Story

by Lewis Mehl-Medrona. The power of story emerged in the pages of the New York Times on May 12, 2002, in an article by Natalie Angier about Michael Gearin-Tosh, a professor of English literature at Oxford University. We read the spirited account of his diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a virulent cancer of the bone marrow. …

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Greeting the Human in Each Other

by Diane Wyzga. They said I was mentally disturbed. They said I posed a threat. They asked the security guards to call the police and have me removed from the premises. Once, when the Spanish had taken over an Aztec city they refused to let in anyone who was dressed in traditional Aztec clothes. A …

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Book Review-The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness

by Joel ben Izzy. Reviewed by Lani Peterson. Sought out by banks, law firms and organizations to teach storytelling technique, Joel ben Izzy is quickly becoming one of the most visible players in the storytelling field. Not bad for a storyteller who only six years ago had no voice. Literally. His story is thoughtfully unraveled …

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Healing Stories for Challenging Times: Story Heals Around the World

by Laura Simms. Gaindeh Project is an umbrella organization for a variety of programs that benefit youth in crisis throughout the world. Its ultimate aim is to create model projects which use storytelling in innovative ways for use internationally, as well as in the United States. Our premise is that basic goodness is inherent and …

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The Web of Silence: Storytelling’s Power to Hypnotize

by Fran Stallings ©1988. Entranced by Stories “Entranced . . . complete absorption . . . captivate . . . total attention . . . completely enthralled . . . mesmerizing . . . hypnotic . . . ” We hear such descriptions of storytelling events so often that we hardly notice the words. The …

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Journey Down the Healing Path Through Story

by Allison Cox © 2000. Because of my firm conviction that stories convey important information to others in ways that few other forms of communication can accomplish, I use storytelling in my work as a Public Health Educator. The tradition of storytelling is ageless and known to most cultures as an experience vital to the …

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Healing Tales

By William Noonan Ph.D. The metaphors of folktales help cancer patients in their therapy. Unlikely heroes and heroines lie in hospital beds. Living with cancer is hardly a fairy tale existence, yet the life portrayed in fairy tales metaphorically describes the inner journey traveled from illness to healing. The rich resources of these tales present …

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Learning to Dance: Archetypes and Stories as Models for Life’s Journey

by Lorna Czarnota. There are two ways to approach the challenges we face in life’s journey. We can run into them head-on and try to move them out of way or push them before us or we can learn to dance with them. When we dance with the challenges, we can look into their eyes, …

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Journey to Belize: First Steps in Healing Story

by Shelia Darr. I have a story. Actually only the beginning of a story, so far, but this story could be the mother and grandmother and great-grandmother to hundreds, perhaps thousands of other stories; stories of life changing adventure and healing for college students from the U.S. and for the people of Belize. Here’s how …

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