Story Telling … continues

Posted on June 5, 2007. Filed under: musing, quotation, reading, writing |

… you can tell when you find a piece of [a true story] in something new, because it makes your heart rise up into your mouth, full of wishes.

So says Nisi Shawl, discussing “How to Tell a True Story.”

Stories are on my mind lately: stories, and the importance of being able to tell them. To others. To ourselves.

Having just spent the last week at a conference full of stories and full of participants who are interested in helping stories come forward, I now feel committed to not only allowing for more stories in the musings I ask students to write for my courses — many of which end up on our blogs — but also in other aspects of our work together. And, interestingly, to doing more work to tell my own stories, something I have often felt I ought not to do. Stories are strongly discouraged in The Academy, more often implicitly than explicitly — but nonetheless effectively. Arguably, that is because they are so powerful.

These are, after all, some of the primary reasons for reading, for writing, for communicating: to learn about ourselves and others, to deepen our understandings, and — indeed — to know that learning is afoot because our hearts have risen up into our mouths.

All of this means, I think, that I will continue this blog, originally started for a particular class during a particular semester, and continue to share some of my own thinking, findings, and stories here. (Sporadically, I expect.)

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