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The Power of Shared Story

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This winter I had the opportunity to participate in a community development conference in Colquitt, Georgia. Joy Jinks and the people of Colquitt are revitalizing their town and economy through the arts. How are they doing this? Dr. Richard Owen Geer facilitated a Community Performance workshop at the conference during which a group of participants—most […]

The Story of Stories

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Have you ever felt as if the stories you tell about your life somehow miss the true scope of what you have experienced during your days here on Earth? Have you ever felt as if the stories that others tell about you seem a bit more about themselves and their self-judgments than they are about […]

December

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Here’s to the darkest month of the year on this northern hemisphere of Earth. Here’s to the cold that drives us inside together on winter nights. Here’s to the dull sun that mildly lights our days so that we can keep our eyes wide open without sunglasses as we prepare for a new year. Here’s […]

Strangers on the Road to Our More Important Destinations

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“Stranger” is a word that we use to describe the people around us whom we have yet to meet or know by name. The root of this word is another common word, “strange.” Doesn’t that seem strange in itself? Most of those people around us aren’t strange at all; they’re fellow citizens. They provide us […]

Gifts in Disguise

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I took guardianship of my cousin when he was 14. He was going through a difficult time in life and had been held back to seventh grade for a second year in a row. I had just opened a middle school with a few partners, and knowing how bright and thoughtful my cousin was, I […]

Thank You

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A few days ago I was on a dawn hike, moving at a fair clip while pondering the sequel to The User’s Guide. I passed a fellow hiker, and soon heard her yell, “how dare you!” I turned to see who she was hollering at, and noticed that she was looking back at me, still […]

The Power of Play

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Do you ever wonder how it is that children can play a single game over and over again, hour after hour, day after day? Do you ever wonder why their play is so important to them, or what influence it has in shaping the adults that they become? Do you ever consider how your play as a child may have shaped the person you are right now?

The Magic of Following Your Own Advice

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What if a vast amount of the advice that we offer to others is actually advice for ourselves? Is it possible that we use these experiences to prove the validity of our own wisdom by trying it out on various test subjects around us? What if, ironically, we miss out on much of our own wisdom because we are so busy offering it to others?

What Is The Users Guide To Being Human?

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Life is an artistic process. Whether we are aware of it or not, we sculpt ourselves with every thought, every behavior, every action. Each of us holds extraordinary creative power within, yet many of us tend to harness only a fraction of this power. As a result, our art only partly achieves its great purpose, that of bringing out the potential magnificence in ourselves, our relationships and our world…

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Unfolding Our Vast Potential

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How do you realize a dream? How do you make the most of the capacities available to you? How do you find fulfillment in contributing your best to others and the world that we share?

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