Hopeful Thoughts to Keep You Telling
…Even When Times are Hard
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"Your words are beautiful! So, well chosen ... so expressive
... so touching ... so absolutely "spot on" ... I broke out in
goosebumps several times as I read them. They are choice! I want to share
your wisdom with with the world!
"There is no one ... no one at all ... in my opinion,
who can "speak about storytelling" as eloquently as you, Doug." - J.G. "Paw
Paw" Pinkerton, Stamford, CT
It's the question we all lie awake with, in the middle of the night.
During the day, I'm active. I pursue my lofty ideas about how storytelling
can benefit me, my friends, my community, perhaps even the world.
In the middle of some nights, though, when the wind blows dry and cold, I
lie awake wondering, "Does my storytelling really amount to anything?"
storyteller I know - famous and unknown, experienced and just starting out
- faces those nights. What remains to be seen is not whether you
will have such nights. Instead, the unanswered question is what will
you do when they are over?
I can't promise you that, in your lifetime, you will live to see your vision
become real. But I can tell that, if it's ever going to come to pass, it will
be because a lot of people - you in particular - get up the next morning after
a hard night of worries and keep telling your stories.
Hart Benton said, "The only way an artist can fail is to quit." That's
the only failure! Therefore, one of the most important talismans in your storytelling
hope chest is the little bag of treasures that help you remember that you can
So this little book is meant to be something you can put in that bag. Something
you can take out and examine when you need to remember, "Oh, yeah. It does
"Not only is it highly informative, but serves as an
effective stimulant to get me off of 'dead center' and pointed
in the right storytelling direction. You are to be commended for
doing it." - Emil McVeigh, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
What We Need, in Order to Remember
To remember that our work matters, we need more than just puffy exhortations
We need details and ideas we can grab onto. Toeholds where we can rest our
feet and hands while scaling the long cliffs of daily life.
We need to know, not just that our work matters, but how it
matters. That's why this book has fifteen chapters divided into six main sections:
Your Storytelling Matters…in Hard Times
Your Storytelling Matters…for Reaching the Next Generation
"Thank you for your articles, I always seem
to find something that I need just at that moment." - Brendon Daly, England
"You breathe new life into all of us in more ways than you could
- Gladys Coggswell, Frandford, MO
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it. Want to find the place where I talk about why
storytelling is not a frill? Just search for "frill." Looking
for the story of the French 6th-grader who taught us all a lesson in stories
and diversity? Search for "French." There it is!
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"I don't usually write to famous storytellers because
I know how busy you are, but in this case I have to make an exception
to say, 'Thank You.'
"What a beautiful, timely, profound article. I feel
as if you have
lavished me with an extremely expensive present. The weather is below
frigid and I was suffering from the dreary winter blues. Your article
has primed my storytelling pump and uplifted my spirit to a new high."
- Gladys Coggswell, Frandford, MO
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I Guarantee You Will Find This Inspiring
I believe in this book. I will stand behind it, 100%.
Here's my guarantee. Buy the book - either the download or the hard copy.
Read it - or as much of it as you wish. If you don't agree that this is an
invaluable addition to your storytelling arsenal, I will refund every
penny you paid.
Why can I make this bullet-proof guarantee? Well, I've already gotten raves from
every chapter. All but one of the chapters were highly acclaimed when they
were first published in other forms. And I have
read aloud the unpublished "Look Who Came Up the Beanstalk" to dozens of workshop
attendees, who loved and were moved by it.
Here's are two responses to the first version of "Discovering the
One and Only You":
"I was thrilled! 'Discovering the One and Only You' told me everything I've
been trying to say to myself. Can there really be such a community - one that
can help me reach my goal of breaking the comptetitiveness caused by isolation
and fear of differences? What a wonderful world!" - Kathy Black, Fort
"Amen! Sometimes we forget the fundamentals, and I feel refreshed and pleased
to be nudged back on track. Really, Lipman isn't talking only about attitudes
in storytelling - his reflections apply to creating a more accepting and
loving society." - Joan Buchanan, Quebec, Canada
Here are some responses to earlier versions of other chapters,
most of which have garnered requests to be reprinted. That's the true test,
I believe, of someone believing in a piece of writing - wanting to publish
it for a new group of readers:
"I am re-eiting my Masters' thesis and struggling to clarify the ideas you laid
out so effortlessly about storytelling, leadership and the storytelling
movement. These articles are very uplifting to my spirit." - Nina
Serrano, Oakland, CA.
"Thank you for your article and the 5 reasons to be thankful!
Worn down by a terrible cold they put some light into my day!" - Beate
Grieben-Francis,. Somerville, MA
"This one touched me deeply and gave me a magnificient
view from another perspective. Thanks so much. - Bob Gingerich, York,
"I really thank you for your articles. They've been
nurturing of the storyteller in me that has not had much watering in
this difficult year." - Melea Brock, La Crescenta, CA