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Did you hear about the massive swarm of bees that descended upon Times Square earlier this week? From the New York Times: “Thousands of bees swarmed part of Times Square on Tuesday afternoon, sending tourists and passers-by scrambling before the bees settled on the cart of a very unhappy hot-dog vendor at 43rd Street and…

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On July 11 of 2017, I was walking with half a dozen teenage girls across the quad at Miss Porter’s School toward the dining hall. They were my camp counselors – Miss Porters’ students who were helping me teach about 25 other girls from around the world about writing, speaking,  and storytelling. We were heading…

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Nuclear weaponsUnannounced pickles placed on plates without warning or permissionThe Trump PresidencyDress codesIdentity theftThe second and third Matrix filmsDance school teachers who perform in their students’ recitalsThe end of summer vacationIncarceration for minor drug offensesParents who disown their children for choices of spouse or religionSemicolonsThe gun show loopholeOff-brand Pop TartsThis sign Things that should not exist…

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Episode #15 of Speak Up Storytelling is now available for your listening pleasure. Elysha Dicks and I talk about finding excellent stories in your everyday life using my strategy “Homework for Life,” including moments that storytellers see but non-storytellers might not.  Then we listen to Roquita Johnson’s story about finding her calling, followed by commentary and…

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It’s not hard to avoid using racial epitaphs. Words that offend enormous swaths of humanity for justifiable reasons. Despite this, people still do. Sometimes it’s because they are racist, and they use the word as a means of denigration.  Sometimes they are thoughtless and inconsiderate, and they use the word without thinking about what it…

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It’s been a big summer for my son, Charlie. Lots of new learning and remarkable accomplishments. In addition to reading books for the first time and making enormous progress with his swimming and biking, he had a few interesting milestones as well.  First, he learned to cross his eyes.  Next, and perhaps even more impressive,…

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As a wedding DJ for more than 20 years, I’ve encountered my fair share of bridezillas. Some of them have been absolute monsters.   It’s always such a shame. On a day that should be celebratory, joyous, and full of romance and love, brides (and the occasionally groom) spend so much of their time and energy…

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