Tag Archives: stories

Telling Stories

Imagine you grew up in an ancient indigenous culture. Imagine there were no books, no computers, no electricity. How would you have spent your evenings? Perhaps around a fire listening to stories. Most cultures around the world have passed on … Continue reading

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Learning from Someone's Personal Story

A bunch of very interesting Other Posts of Note have cropped up recently. Brian's How to Get Eternal Life, Amber's So she hired a hit man?, and most recently Kara's thoughts on Heaven is for Real. This last post contains … Continue reading

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Help Your Children Grapple with the Fact that We're Sinners

After some heinous atrocity against humanity, those who knew the perpetrator often say something like, "He was such a nice man!" It does not matter if it was violent, sexual, criminal, or dishonest, we seem to expect the "bad guys" … Continue reading

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Rising from the Ashes of Shattered Dreams

She had big plans for college sports even as a junior in high school. Then, as a junior in high school, her knee gave out. With it, her dreams of college collapsed as well. Her life, she told me, spiraled. … Continue reading

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Listen to the Stories Your Children Tell Themselves

Sarita's post about young adult fiction grabbed me by the collar and threw me against the wall. As my head smacked the metaphorical bricks, something snapped into focus. Words will fail me here, but I felt a wave of sorrow … Continue reading

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She Said She Hates Learning

Lunchtime. I'm waiting for my leftovers to reheat. She's already eating. We exchange the pleasantries typical of strangers and coworkers, but because we're mere acquaintances I'm not sure if she's in college or what. So I ask. She decided not … Continue reading

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Go Somewhere You've Never Been (and may never visit)

I enjoyed Jennifer Fulwiler's How to think about the afterlife blog post. But as the ideas have blown like tumbleweeds down the barren roads of my mind, I got to thinking about literature. I'm never going to be a two-dimensional … Continue reading

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