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104 Storytellers My Friends Love

104 Storytellers My Friends Love

I’m a writer who hasn’t been writing much. My creative energy is only now starting to peek out from under a year of personal grief, political anxiety, and pandemic reality. That energy feels like…hope. A shy hope that gradually emerged as the darkness of grief began to recede, and perked up when the 2020 election was called, and news of upcoming COVID vaccines appeared.

My gut is pointing me toward storytelling, because I believe stories can help us heal. I don’t have much more to go on than that, so while I loosen up my rusty writing fingers, I figure the best thing I can do is to read good stories. But where to begin?

I asked my friends to tell me their favorite storytellers (from any genre) and BOY did they come through.

Stories Can Heal Us

Stories Can Heal Us

Ever since the 2020 Presidential election was called for Joe Biden, there’s been talk about the need for national healing.

There’s no doubt we must tend to the wounds our country has suffered. We must step away from the precipice of division and rancor we’ve been pushed toward for the last four years. But how? What does “healing” even mean on a national scale?

They’ll forget your advice but they’ll remember your story

They’ll forget your advice but they’ll remember your story

When I think back on the most memorable advice I’ve received, it usually came wrapped in a story. There’s something magical about hearing a story: one’s insides quiet down and open up, anticipating something interesting or entertaining or profound.

Why are stories so compelling?