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A story of snow . . .

Words and storytelling give us tools to amplify wonder and joy in the everyday.

I walk across the park to work through falling snow. Momentarily, I lower my eyelids and open my inner eyes. I am surrounded by myriad crystals, each unlike any other, that in moments will cease to be. Continue reading

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The importance of storytelling

Through listening to and reading the stories of others, we build the tools we need to frame our own experiences. Without words or narrative skill, we cannot reference or fully inhabit what happens to us and our responses to it; we cannot focus our thoughts or our emotions.

Stories give us metaphor, the stuff of the ‘creation of meaning’. They give us legends based on archetypes that enable us to recognize the rich cast of characters that inhabit our inner worlds. Continue reading

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Should we forget . . .

Does forgetfulness in the form of senility return us to innocence? If we loose our words, is the rift healed? Is there a primal self beyond our intentional self that is more authentic? [Translate]

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Uniquely human . . .

A comment on my earlier post ‘The Word’ suggests that, whilst words enable us . . . to be uniquely human by allowing us to carve off pieces of what is in order to bring it into ourselves, they also … Continue reading

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More words, margins and the journey to silence

A recent exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, Joshua Neustein: Margins drew on the work of Edmond Jabes to engage in ‘a poetic, visual reflection on writing, religion and archaeology’. Jabes speaks often of what happens beyond the text, that … Continue reading

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