Tag Archives: stories

story about the stories.

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on this special day

i brought out

an old treasured story 

written by

my former student, nicole

who i taught for grades k-2

(in a school where we were known by our first names)

 a story about me sharing stories

 made me cry happy tears to read

how much she enjoyed the stories

what ginormous heaps of praise

from a fellow roald dahl fan. 

happy roald dahl story day!!

“words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”

-albus dumbledore (j.k. rowling, harry potter series)

tracks.

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young girl in her finery

waits her turn to perform

at the grand traverse band of

ottawa and chippewa indians pow wow.

a beautiful display of

dance and  drumming

from days gone by.

“we will be known forever by the tracks we leave.”
– Dakota Tribe

 

 

 

traverse city, michigan, usa – summer 2022

 

Presented by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. See the colorful display of the dance and drumming from days gone by. Taste Native American …

common ground.

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my class has recently become enamored with a giant box of dinos

they play with them every day

create wildly imaginative scenarios

ask questions about real dinos

reassure me that the ones in our room are not real

one day when playing, a child asked

“would they wear masks if they were alive now?”

another jumped up to say

“never, ever, ever, ever, try to put a mask on a t-rex!!!!”

and an instant class book was born

what a brilliant title

others jumped in to offer reasons why you shouldn’t try to mask one

brainstorming was in full swing

some became illustrators

 it is a fascinating and funny work in progress.

dinos may have left the earth forever, but books will never die.

“stories are the common ground that allow people to connect, despite all our defenses and all our differences.”

-kate forsyth

plug in.

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my wall plug looks quite content

and has a story to tell. 

 

“it seemed to me at an early age that all human communication-

whether it’s tv, movies, books –

begins with somebody wanting to tell a story.

that need to tell, to plug into a universal socket,

is probably one of our grandest desires. and the need to hear stories,

to live lives other than our own for even the briefest moment,

is the key to the magic that was born in our bones.”

-robert r. mccammon

art houses.

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the wizard house

the purple house with the sun

 

so many stories here

 

“every spirit makes its house,

and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant.”

-ralph waldo emerson

 

 

 

 

images: Ann Arbor, Michigan – Traverse City, Michigan

nailed it.

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I stopped by a new nail salon on my way home from school today

where I met a nail tech from Cambodia 

 we had a bit of a hard time understanding each other

but had a mostly unspoken friendly rapport between us

the rain started pouring down really hard outside

I noticed I was the only customer in the whole salon

and the hallmark channel was on 

showing holiday tv movies

with subtitles

the whole staff was watching

I had come just in time for the last 15 minutes of the current movie

where the man and woman met again

right before she was almost leaving town to go home forever 

and he had decided to stay and not go to the big city

a special dog was found, it was Christmas Eve, in a small town,

with a big misunderstanding, the whole town was at one event

 somehow it all suddenly came together and worked out

and as the final scene played out on screen

my nail guy stood up smiling and nodding with tears in his eyes

looking around at his co-workers and down at me

and it made me tear up and smile too

as we had found our common ground.

“anyway, stories bring us together to find common ground, to find our way through life together, or just to entertain us, and I am just thrilled to be a part of that process.”

-dorothea benton frank

 

 

 

image credit: pinterest

sword.

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a sword at rest found among the garden

 

 

“i believe in everything until it’s disproved.

so i believe in fairies, the myths, dragons.

it all exists, even if it’s in your mind.

who’s to say that dreams and nightmares

aren’t as real as the here and now?” 

― john lennon

stories are the rivers.

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my daughter was given a small box

filled with items

from her great grandfather/great grandmother

on her father’s side.

it contained such an interesting mix

with no one to explain

the meaning

the importance

the story

of the items inside.

some of them were:

a pocket knife,

a key to a city in louisiana,

one heart-shaped earring,

and a piece of paper with

‘hamlet, act 1, scene 3’

handwritten on it.

i wish we knew the story of

why each was significant in their lives.

why was each item worth saving in a special box?

‘we all belong to an ancient identity.

stories are the rivers that take us there.’

-frank delaney