Resources, Research and Reviews

The Healing Story Alliance invites you to share in the resources, research, and reviews we have accumulated. We hope to be a repository for information that is helpful to our members and community. We welcome your comments and ideas.

Cancer patients who tell their life story find more peace, less depressio

University of Wisconsin–Madison News  January 19, 2018 Summary: In research supported by the National Cancer Institute, researchers measured the effect of a storytelling interview plus online resources on more than 40 people diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 cancer. The interview covered topics including important accomplishments and difficulties overcome, the effects of their cancer on them …

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Facing My Fish

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING ©Lani Peterson “There’s no way you’re gonna make me do this thing. No way.” I looked out across the seated group of eight adolescent girls. Their high school guidance counselor had referred them to this after school “Finding Your Voice” storytelling workshop. Most of the girls were …

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Another Man’s Shoes

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Another Man’s Shoes © Naomi Baltuck Most kids are teens before their parents sit them down, usually just before the first date, for that awkward talk about the unfortunate consequences of the careless exchange of body fluids. I had that talk with my kids before the first …

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Listening Beneath The Weather

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Listening Beneath The Weather: A Storytelling Strategy For Healing In Haiti © Laura Simms This winter in Manhattan, on a day when the snow had all but melted after a storm, I was walking behind a mother and her six year old daughter. We were crossing an …

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i remember home (old stories)

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING i remember home (old stories) © Kwanza Msingwana back home doing flips in the rain rolling in the sand sliding in the mud happy as a chicken bathing in dust giddy with joy playing with toy cars made from bottle tops wires cornstalks and sticks. now screw …

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Stories That Spark Reflection

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Stories That Spark Reflection © Faye Mogensen For some of us, hunting for stories is both a passion and a necessity. Having stories in hand is vital for performance and workshop requests – but that’s not all. When feeling challenged by new situations, having a story to …

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Evil In The World Today

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Evil In The World Today   © Kate Dudding Every time there is yet another terrorist attack, I draw comfort from this story. People say there is a lot of evil in the world these days. Mr. Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see …

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Sharing And Creating Stories In A Mental Health Recovery Centre

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Sharing And Creating Stories In A Mental Health Recovery Centre © Lillian Rodrigues-Pang Once a week I offer a storytelling workshop at a local mental health recovery centre. For one hour I share a range of traditional stories from around the world with whoever is able to …

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Paperman Jack And The Origami Mommy

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Paperman Jack And The Origami Mommy © Megan Hicks “Forget not to entertain strangers, for some thereby have entertained angels unaware.” New Testament, Hebrews 13:2 That happened to me in the 1980’s. It almost DIDN’T happen because I thought it was just going to be another obscene …

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Story Shaping the Grief

  DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Story Shaping the Grief © Susi Wolf I use Story as a healing tool within all walks of life. Women in crisis. Prisons. Individuals cowering under the tyranny of domestic violence. Those hollow-eyed survivors of every drug known to mankind. The sick – the weak – …

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The Miracle

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING The Miracle © Patricia Rose Ballard Coffie This is the story of a miracle. My sons found a caterpillar on a stem and brought it home. They wanted to see the butterfly. We put the caterpillar and the stem in a gallon jar and punched holes in …

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A New Story

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING A New Story © Terra Lea Dennis I often assume I know how every story is going to go. Well, I have been around awhile and I watch the news; different settings, different characters, the same tragic story over and over and over. But sometimes, somehow stories …

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Why I Keep At It

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING     Why I Keep At It © Joan Stockbridge I stumbled into the therapeutic use of storytelling almost 20 years ago, when I was asked to tell stories to women in a domestic violence shelter. After telling a Scottish story, I was shocked by the tumultuous …

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Bubbles

  DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING         Bubbles © Shirley Routliffe The woman slumped in the wheelchair in front of the picture window. A blue knitted hat covered her hairless head. She was draped head to foot in a blue hospital issue blanket. Fluffy white slippers with rabbit ears …

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Broken Bones

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING     Broken Bones © Jacqueline Jules He said a clumsy fall down the dorm stairs kicked him off the tennis team and onto the school newspaper making a broken bone the reason why he’s standing at the podium tonight sharing stories from a career he literally …

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Scheherazade On The Fourth Floor

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING     Scheherazade On The Fourth Floor © Dan Yashinsky >According to the Thousand and One Nights, every night Queen Scheherazade told a story, and every night she stopped halfway through. It would have driven her listeners crazy, but one of them – her husband King Shahriyar …

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Blaming The Chicken Tikka Masala

  DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING   Blaming The Chicken Tikka Masala Or what happens when a storyteller has a stroke © Janet Dowling “I think this is an allergic reaction to nuts in a Chicken Tikka Masala,” I slurred to my GP. My tongue was a slab of meat that I …

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Little Red Car

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Little Red Car A Toileting Tale © Susan Perrow I’m a little red car – I go fast and far But sometimes I’m slow – too slow to go! Oh no. Oh no. Oh no! I don’t like being too slow to go! Hang on a minute …

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Therapeutic Learning

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Therapeutic Learning © Kay Stone What makes a story a source of healing? I asked myself this as I prepared to fly south to Florida to visit my sister Jolene, who is undergoing chemotherapy. I was aware that telling stories face-to-face with a single listener is quite …

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The Story We Tell Ourselves

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING The Story We Tell Ourselves © Lorna MacDonald Czarnota The art of storytelling brings forth many images—children, elders, comedy, tragedy, audiences large and small, but we may not consider how we tell stories to ourselves, or more specifically, about ourselves. This is particularly relevant to us as …

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Standing Up While Lying Down

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Standing Up While Lying Down © Patricia Rose Ballard Coffie Three days before the only three-day Cedar River Storytellers Festival in Waverly, Iowa, I found I would have to have surgery to check a lump in my breast. I was heavily involved in the planning and the …

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Hymn to Persephone

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Hymn to Persephone © Teeya Blatt How I came to write Hymn to Persephone As she is Goddess of the Underworld, I have spent much time getting to know Persephone, and never once did she strike me as a victim of Patriarchy, as she is represented in …

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The Upside Of Alzheimer’s

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING The Upside Of Alzheimer’s © Jan Turner A Message of Hope There is a large and growing number of adults engaged in the care of older individuals, often their parents, suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. At the same time, caregivers may also be called …

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The Golden Key: Wisdom from the Heart

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING The Golden Key: Wisdom from the Heart © Mary Louise Chown There is a snippet of a story in the Grimm’s collection about a boy who finds a golden key, and a mysterious casket which belongs with the key, but we are never told what is inside …

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A Hungry Princess

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING A Hungry Princess © Srebrenka Peregrin Writing This Story In 2012, as a result of walking away from a high-demand religious community, I went through a number of traumatic experiences that included bullying and isolation from those I loved. These events hurled me into a clinical depression …

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Her Story, Your Story, Our Story

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Her Story, Your Story, Our Story: An Afternoon With Women Who Have Escaped The Troll © Regina Ress and Art by Emily McPhie What message do you want to send to other women who’ve been captured by a “Troll? “Love yourself enough to leave.” Anything else? “Don’t …

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Storytelling, Movement and Drama with Children

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Storytelling, Movement and Drama with Children © Sue Proctor Over many years of telling stories, I have discovered the healing value of imaginative play by using oral storytelling as a platform for exploring movement and drama with children. In storytelling for children, the teller has an opportunity …

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Stuck In History

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Stuck In History © Donna Jacobs Sife This month is a busy one for storytellers in Sydney. Being Book Week, or more accurately Book Month, I am scheduled for scores of performances in schools. As always, I will be telling stories from many different traditions. The one …

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Sometimes A Wild God

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Sometimes A Wild God © Tom Hirons Sometimes a wild god comes to the table. He is awkward and does not know the ways Of porcelain, of fork and mustard and silver. His voice makes vinegar from wine. When the wild god arrives at the door, You …

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Putting Down the Burning Coal

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Putting Down the Burning Coal: Transforming Resentments Into Forgiveness Through Story © Elisa Pearmain ‘Harboring resentment is like holding a burning coal that you wish to throw at your enemy, but instead you are the one who is burned.’ The Buddha There is a story about a …

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A Chelm Story

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING A Chelm Story © Dan Yashinsky Shlemiel woke up one day and looked around his little house. The kids were busy playing video games. His wife was already starting to scold him for being lazy. The dog had peed – again – on the kitchen floor. Enough …

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The Most Important Thing

The Most Important Thing © Susi Wolf 2013 A mystic was meditating deep in the forest when he heard a noise and 3 young men appeared in the brush. “We are sorry to bother you, but we are seekers of truth and have come to find out something.” The old man welcomed them, built a …

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Storytelling and Meditation: An Oasis of Repair

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Storytelling and Meditation: An Oasis of Repair © Laura Simms 2014 In 1979 I fell in love with traditional tales: fairytales, epics, myths and teaching stories. I was intrigued by what happened to my audiences and myself when words, images and memory came alive in the space …

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After War

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING After War © Margaux Richet, 2014 Is it possible that a war can make stories disappear? Is it possible that adults can force themselves to forget that there was a time when storytelling belonged to their family, to their ancestors, to their neighbors, far from books and …

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Farmers Market at the Autumn Equinox

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Farmers Market at the Autumn Equinox © Merna Ann Hecht 2013   wanting to nest in the yellow-leafed wind, inside this basket heaped with saucers of late summer squash, bunched arugula, lipstick and gypsy peppers,we know the news of the day, wars against children, tax cuts for …

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The Mystery And Magic Of Metaphor

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING   The Mystery And Magic Of Metaphor © Susan Perrow In simple terms, a metaphor shows us one thing as another, and in doing so extends the way we see the world, also often refreshing and enlivening our perception. In oral and written language, using the medium …

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Sacred Messenger

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Sacred Messenger © Gloria Two-Feathers 2014 Rain and drought have a rhythm. But during the times of drought there is always someone or something that holds the seed for the future generation. I was experiencing my personal drought when I met Buck Ghost Horse. And a lot …

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Social Work and Storytelling: Fusion for Healing

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Social Work and Storytelling: Fusion for Healing © Jeri Burns, MSW, Ph.D. 2014 Crazybowlz is a lovely restaurant in Kingston, NY. Boasting a unique menu of vegetables that are cooked to preserve freshness and avoid oil slicks, the food is also served in environmentally conscious containers. Healthy …

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The Story is Oblique

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING The Story is Oblique © Donna Jacobs Sife “It’s no coincidence that just at this point in our insight into our mysteriousness as human beings struggling towards compassion, we are also moving into an awakened interest in the language of myth and fairy tale. The language of …

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Shaping The Story Of Dame Cicely Saunders

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Shaping The Story Of Dame Cicely Saunders © Margaret Murphy 2014 “You matter because you are you, and you matter until the last moment of your life. And we will do everything we can to help you, not only to die peacefully, but to live until you …

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Talking to Strangers

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Talking to Strangers © Dan Yashinsky Many summers ago we were strolling on a path by a lake when a man walked by. Our three-year-old son asked if we knew him and we said, no, he was a stranger. Then he piped up: “We don’t know any …

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Inside A Person’s Heart: Finding Solace from Stories and Poems

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Inside A Person’s Heart: Finding Solace from Stories and Poems © Merna Ann Hecht 2013 In each setting where I have worked with children and teens who have experienced profound loss, they have told me of the comfort they find in hearing each other’s stories; that they …

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What do the Military and Creative Aging have to do with each other?

by Mary K. Clark Did you know there is a National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military? You might find it interesting to peruse the site. While your there, take a peek at their Reports and Publications.  You can find the following under Quick Links (Reports): Arts, Health, and Well-Being Across the Military …

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A resource to keep in mind: Storytelling — It’s News!

Have you checked out Storytelling — It’s News!? Lucky we are that storyteller, Kate Dudding and cohorts, add to this collection throughout the year. As they share, “From classrooms to boardrooms to operating rooms, storytelling is being used as an effective communications tool around the world.” And, you might just find — the stepping stone …

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Where Stories Draw Breath

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Where Stories Draw Breath © Thomas Doty 2013, Photos and Drawings © Thomas Doty When stories are doing their best work, when they are working their deepest magic, they touch us deeply and they stay with us for a long time. As we listen to their wisdoms, …

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Offering Water From The Well

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Offering Water From The Well © Joan Stockbridge, 2013 I’m sitting on a couch in a residential treatment facility, and I’ve just told a five minute story called “Why Man is Strong and Woman is Powerful.” It’s funny but stark. Man and Woman start out as equals, …

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Courageous Conversations: Stories That Foster Self-Awareness, Build Skills and Cultivate Confidence

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Courageous Conversations: Stories That Foster Self-Awareness, Build Skills and Cultivate Confidence © David Lee 2013   Sharing stories about challenging conversations provides tremendous educational and therapeutic value to the listener. In this article, we will explore why Courageous Conversation Stories are so powerful, two versions you can …

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Healing, Change and Storytelling

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Healing, Change and Storytelling © Steve Banhegyi 2013 “The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease” Voltaire (1694 – 1778) Narrative medicine is not something you’ll easily find on the ‘net and if you do, information is sparse. But would it …

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Listening To the Fool: Breakthroughs In Understanding

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Listening To the Fool: Breakthroughs In Understanding © Andrei Armeanu, 2013 In my early twenties, I went through a very polarized time in my life when I was experiencing a “double immersion”. On one hand I was very involved with an old and somewhat obscure spiritual tradition …

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At Crescent Lake

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING At Crescent Lake © Kimberley King 2013 All this commotion! Wind on water Be still Watch Listen   Kimberley King, writer and storyteller, lives in Bend, Oregon.  

Story Listening as a Transformative Process

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Story Listening as a Transformative Process © Doug Lipman 2013 “Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force… When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”—Brenda Ueland 1 “When we tell and listen to stories, we can almost feel our …

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Answering the Call to Adventure

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Answering the Call to Adventure: A Hero’s Journey Group for People Facing Life-Changing Illness and Disability © Jennifer Lunden LCSW, LADC, CCS The artist is meant to put the objects of this world together in such a way that through them you will experience that light, that …

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Arriving in Workshop Story

DIVING IN THE MOON HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Arriving in a Workshop Story © Reginald Dorian Haarhoff, D Phil, 2013 “Let us say I am here because of you and you are here because of me.” Nasrudin   we’ve arranged the chairs in café style, six to a table. when we begin the story only …

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Dandelion

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Dandelion © Michael Williams, 2013 She was a weed of a girl – tough, spindly and spiky. Yet there was something terribly fragile about her too – the downcast eyes, waif-like expression, and the alarming gauntness of her body. Her short-cropped red hair and featureless body made …

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Research – a place to begin: ArtsEdSearch.org

by Mary K. Clark Ever want to find some research on storytelling? ArtsEdSearch.org might be a place to begin. They are an: online clearinghouse that collects and summarizes high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and analyzes their implications for educational policy and practice. One such search led me to a summary …

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Healing Power of Digital Storytelling

by Mary K. Clark Where does the power lie in a story? Does the story have the power? What or who has the power when it comes to story?  I will confess, I believe story has no power, people do. Many disagree with me and I’ve been known to be wrong! In any case, everyone …

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The Narrative in a Suitcase Project

by Mary K. Clark How can journey metaphors be used to assist child refuges?  Zimbabwean psychologist and narrative therapist, Ncazelo Nucbe-Mlilo shares the Narratives in the suitcase project. Story, play and creativity  are used to help children connect with their stories and dreams for the future. The project also helps others see and understand a …

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Memory Making & Personal Storytelling

by Mary K. Clark Are our memories static? Do they change? What impact does this have in the stories we tell and the stories we live out?  In Greg Miller’s article How Our Brains Make Memories, Karim Nader, a neuroscientist shares his belief that our memories are changed by the “simple act of remembering.”  This …

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Graphic Storytelling & Medical Narratives

by Mary K. Clark Are you interested in storytelling and medical narratives? While many who visit the Healing Story Alliance Website are oral storytellers, we can learn much from story as it is expressed in other art forms. Penn State University’s College of Medicine asks their 4th year residents to create graphic stories – that …

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A Word, A Story, A Resource

by Mary K. Clark In this moment what word strikes you as powerful? Once you have that word, does it evoke a story? I thought of the word yes and it did evoke a story. I was having a difficult time keeping a promise. I never had such difficulty making a change in my life and …

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Memory and Stories: Truth, Tales and Understanding

by Mary K. Clark We all have them – personal stories.  Whether we are performing, sharing anecdotes, family stories or heartfelt remembrances, we often tell our stories as if they were absolutely the truth and nothing but the truth. And, because we feel that way ourselves, our stories are often believed. Perhaps our stories are …

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Wisdom, Stories and Healing

by Mary K. Clark Do you have an interest in learning more about healing stories, untold stories, indigenous cultures and topics such as intergenerational trauma? I stumbled upon a treasure of a site today and came away with a greater understanding of the human experience. The Wisdom of the Elders site includes a section called …

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Metaphor, Language and A Very Simple Mathematical Formula!

by Mary K. Clark Ah metaphors! A knight in shining armor. It’s raining cats and dogs. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. We use metaphors all the time, but what is known about how they are processed in the brain?  Jon Hamilton shares some interesting information in Imagine A Flying Pig:  How …

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Life Oral Review

by Mary K. Clark Imagine that your job is to record, edit and produce a story – the “last story” of a person who has entered hospice. This story will be shared with family and loved ones.  How would you handle the interview? What types of techniques would you use?  Equipment? What about editing?  What …

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Waking Up the Stories Within Us ~ Interview with Nancy Mellon author of Body Eloquence

Interview with Julie de Bastion, July 9, 2008 Nancy Mellon is [a] storyteller, healer, visionary and artist. Her workshops brim with creativity and wisdom, and now she has written an extraordinary new book, Body Eloquence, published by Energy Psychology Press in the USA. Body Eloquence, written in collaboration with Ashley Ramsden, reveals deep and amazing …

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Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

by Mary K. Clark Really?  Is it that simple? Just tell a story and we’ll activate the brain of the listener. Ah! If only I’d known it was this easy. It is fascinating to read about what we are just beginning to know about the science of storytelling. Lani Peterson brought my attention to The …

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Manipulation, Story and the Truth – When do we go too far?

by Mary K. Clark A mystery unfolded for me just the other day. I found I was between stories and storytellers, between two fine people who shared very different truths with me about the same event. If only each could hear the other. But they haven’t and it isn’t my place to share. Before I …

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Power of Being Heard, Empathy, Understanding and Research

by Mary K. Clark How does it feel to be understood?  What is involved in empathy? How quickly do impressions of others form? What is the connection between empathy and emotional contagion? How do we come to understand each other?  What does research have to share that can help us with these questions? The four resources …

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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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The Race Card Project

by Mary K. Clark. Race?  How do you start a conversation or share a story around race? In 2010, Michelle Norris started a national conversation on this prickly topic with The Race Card Project.  Jesse Washington, recently wrote about Norris and her project: She asked for just six words. Michele Norris, the National Public Radio …

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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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Play – It’s Necessary, Could It Be Healing?

by Mary K. Clark. Play is especially important.  According to Dr. Stuart Brown we need play just like we need to sleep and dream. He writes: Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities. I love to play and …

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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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The Healing Heart Books

by Allison Cox Book Review by Antoinette Botsford Imagine hanging out with many of your favorite storytellers from near and far, sharing tales, batting theories and experiences about, musing over a surprising twist on an old yarn, and then finding yourself engrossed in a totally new story from an admired teller you’ve wanted to meet …

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Spinning Gold out of Straw

by Diane Rooks ISBN 0-9709598-4-2 Salt Run Press Book Review by Kathy McGregor Diane Rooks suffered the sudden death of her son and went on to write about. In her book, Spinning Gold Out of Straw; How Stories Heal, she examines a lot more than how stories heal she affords us the unique opportunity to …

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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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Storytelling with Children

by Nancy Mellon Hawthorn Press, 2000 ISBN – 1-903458-08-0 Book Reviews by Katrina Kenison and Thomas Moore Katrina Kenison Nancy Mellon invites us to liberate the inner storyteller who resides within each one of us. In this wise and wonderful book, she provides all the tools parents and teachers need to engage in this practical, …

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Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories

by Loren Niemi and Elizabeth Ellis Book Review by Joan Stockbridge Like a good story, this book can be taken on many levels. Niemi and Ellis have written a book that is an excellent how-to handbook on telling difficult stories as well as a meaningful exploration of the deeper reasons behind the human need to …

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Curriculum: The Women’s Empowerment Program in 2008

By Joan Stockbridge It is a pleasure to offer this report and curriculum for posting on the Healing Story Alliance website. When Gail and I received the $650 grant from NSN in 2003 to develop and document a transferable curriculum, we hoped that many people would be able to make use of the curriculum as …

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Bibliography

(** denotes favorite resources) See Also: Annotated Bibliography by Bill Noonan Ajjan, D. The Day My Father Died: Women Share Their Stories of Love, Loss and Life. Philadelphia, PA: Running Cliffs, 1994. Akeret, Ed.D., and Robert U. Family Tales, Family Wisdom: How to Gather the Stories of a Lifetime and Share Them With Your Family. …

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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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