It’s easy to think that the power of story is dead. We watch You Tube, read books on-line with hyperlinks to definitions and annotations, and don’t spend nearly as much time just reading. I pray to the The Librarian every day that our local Barnes and Noble stays viable so I can at least stop by to touch a book. I know my prayer will go unanswered and only hope that one of the new Amazon stores will pop up in its place when B&N succumbs to market pressures.
If you love story or if you want to remember what it’s like to hear something that moves you then tune into The Modern Love Podcast. It’s interesting: the host gives a brief introductory blurb about a letter or story and then introduces the reader, usually someone with some level of celebrity who has a connection to the theme. This week I listened to Connie Britton from the TV show Nashville (and of recent tee-shirt fame) read “My First Lesson As A Mother.” Britton has adopted from afar, just like the writer of the story, and she reads and clearly identifies with the story. If you can get through this story without being touched then, brother or sister, you are made of different stuff than I.
The site and the stories cover the gamut of love and hurt in all relationships. There are stories about silly and goofy butterfly love. But there are stories, too, about the guilt of love. About love lost. Love of self. Love in all its shapes. And really – when our time comes, what have we left but love? Well worth the time to check it out.