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A Seventh Sense
By Christy Hartman

Just this past weekend, when asked (again) why I had such good skin, I told my friend it was probably because I grew up indoors. There weren’t many kids who wanted to play with me, but I hardly noticed. My head was in another land. Story Land. At the library, I’d regularly put 25 books up on the counter to check out, and the librarians would look at me and always say, “Are you going to be able to read all these in a month?” Adults are always underestimating children.


Because I spent so much time in my bed, sprawled on the floor and hidden in cabinets (all great places to read in the summer), it took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that real people had great stories too. But it did finally happen. I climbed out of the kitchen cabinet, turned off my flashlight, put away my books, and started to interact with people whose stories were not printed in black ink. And slowly I learned how to recognize and talk to people who had stories as interesting as those I found in my books. For this post, I'm going to share five strategies that I've learned for identifying great, natural storytellers and creating the context for their stories to emerge.


Details Awaken the Senses
By Victoria Hurst

I was tired, and honestly, I thought I would just fall asleep while listening to this story. I was okay with that.

I was mostly listening so that I report back to my Canadian friend who told me about The Vinyl Cafe - I’d never heard of it and my expectations were low. Ready to check one more thing off my list, I put on my headphones and got in bed.

But by the time I finished listening to "Roger Woodward and Niagara Falls", I realized that I had been drawn out of my sleepiness and into the story - I was wide awake.