The Power of Story

It’s easy to think, and we’re often told, lied to really, that the power of story is dead. Croaked. We watch YouTube, read books online with hyperlinks to definitions and annotations, and don’t spend nearly as much time just reading. Well, most of us don’t. My daughter has discovered anime and is hard at work putting a human shaped dent in here bed. Me? I can’t imagine how many hours I lay on my bed as a kid and read. No weekend was complete without finishing a new book. My Dad, a football coach and all ’round tough guy, worried about me. I read too much, and did too much science. Luckily I was stupid for girls from the start you he figured I’d be fine.

I like the modern stuff and find YouTube and Pinterest and Instagram all interesting, but none strike me as much as a book does. Every time I walk into Barnes and Noble I say a breath-prayer that they stay viable so I can at least stop by to touch a new book.

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 an interesting idea: the host gives an 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 read “My First Lesson As A Mother” (this link will take you  straight to the story that you can listen to with a podcast subscription).  Britton has adopted from afar, just like the writer of the story, and she 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, and I can speak about this, what have we left but love? Well worth the time to check it out.

So if you while away at your keyboard, wondering if nary a soul will read your screed, then take heart: among all the clamor, people still yearn for a well-said story that touches their heart right where they live.


Don’t believe me? Take it from the doctor!

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