Monthly Archive:: March 2008

Beeting Up On Oneself

As a person participating in the fun-filled romp known as chemotherapy, your ‘umble correspondent has been able to make all sorts of wonderful discoveries. There was “anorexia”, wherein our heroine was introduced to the practice of picky eating. Not something she had been familiar with previously, at all. There was “chemo brain”, wherein she learned [&hellip

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So…What If Your Story Doesn’t Get Told?

What if your story never gets told? Impossible, you say? What if you were a woman in the 17th, or even the early 20th, century? What if you were black, in the South, in 1930? Or black in the projects in the South Bronx, or the South Side of Chicago, today? This question has been [&hellip

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Can My Story, Um, Be a Big Fat Lie?

The word "story" and the word "lie" – or, less in-your-face, "prevaricate" – are often thought to be synonymous. They often ARE synonymous. The marketing & advertising world is full of all sorts of examples: skin lightening creams; all the, um, "enhancement" products for one’s "masculinity" that keep spammers in business; bait-and-switch electronics ads in [&hellip

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Why Is Storytelling So Important?

I’ve been hammering away at this storytelling thing for quite some time, and you might be asking yourself by now why I think it’s so important. Good question. Best answer? Stories are how we – and by ‘we’ I mean humans – connect with and make sense out of the world around us, and what’s [&hellip

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Last week, I discovered just what the storied chemotherapy side-effect called "chemo-brain" feels like. Stupid. On the short bus. Intellectually disabled. Whatever you call it, it sucks. Now that I’m emerging from the fog, I find myself reflecting on the stories we tell ourselves – the internal monologue of our lives, if you will. The [&hellip

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