Announcing My New Podcast, ‘Written, Spoken’, Plus More Updates!

About once every year, I like to take a break from my usual personal narrative essays and human interest stories to provide you with some fun updates on projects that I’m excited to soon share with you (including the podcast I teased out in the subject line!). I also like to occasionally share details on […]

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Do You Say ‘Cool’ or ‘Chill’? (Or, How Language Moves)

I remember the first time that I learned that language is not static or fixed, but “moves.” That’s to say that many of the words and phrases that we use to describe ideas or tell stories have this natural, organic way of evolving and changing over time. When I was a kid, I thought that […]

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Is It Avoidance? Or Is It Something Else?

Not long ago, I wrote to you about a letter that I had been avoiding for years. The message of that story was to say that, despite my being a “teacher” of avoidance, I deal with avoiding uncomfortable situations just as much as anyone else. Truly, there is nothing more common, routine, and human than […]

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Who becomes a Story Shine client? Here are 19 examples.

Storytelling is all abuzz in the business world nowadays. A few years ago, it was “personal branding.” In a few years? It will probably be something different. In the meantime, all you need to know is that storytelling is about offering understanding, context and relevance to other humans.

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The Season of Creation (A Story of Springtime in New England)

Every season of creation is a time of upheaval and churning. Promise and hope of what could be rub up against what already is. Emotions and uncertainty stir; the muck of old, self-protective narratives that we’ve subconsciously clung onto for ages rise to the surface of our awareness.

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How to Overcome Writer’s Block

All writers understand that words and stories make up the experience of our lives. So why do we keep breathing life into the story of writer’s block, a widespread and mysterious affliction that has no apparent cure? It’s time that the story of writer’s block comes to an end.

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Writing is Deepening into the Soul of Who You Are

Writing, of all forms of self-expression, is an ever-deepening circle into the soul of who you are. Because the act of writing consists of the very words of the stories, sentiments, emotions and experiences that you’re living as you live them.

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