Posts in Storytelling
Man on a Boat

What would I say and what would I do if I could go back to those moments and speak boldly from my own human heart rather than reacting from a place of fear where I believed I would fail unless I was “doing as well as the boys” or “being one of the guys.”

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Diving Heart First

Six months ago, I quit my job. I didn’t know what I was doing, but an inner force animated my lips to form the words “I’m leaving,” as I sat in my boss’ office one day.

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Psychology of Storytelling

Dr. Jessica Tartaro PhD, Intimacy Coach & Connection Facilitator, speaks with Storyborne about the psychology behind personal storytelling performance. Wonderful words of wisdom for performers, audiences and anyone interested in what it means to speak from the heart.

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Born with darkness

I have darkness. I was born with it. It was a cause of concern for my mother and some elementary school teachers. I learned to hide it, to hate it, to be sorry and ashamed of it.

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A very Maple Christmas

With our cat, things are different. She’s stuck with me almost every day of the year except for Christmas.

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Love Train

I wondered how things would be now if I had loved the trains, instead of just the conductor.

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Hello Christmas, it's me again

Christmas, I can’t quit you. I feel like I’m a wild animal that you raised. When I was still a pup, you tossed me outside and yelled, “Go’on, git!”

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It's not about Goldilocks

Yesterday, I told the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears 20 times—to adults. Each time I told the story, I sat facing a single person. Their knees almost touched mine, their eyes locked with my own.

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What I learned by posing like Amy Schumer

As I began to mimic your pose, a sensation of strength and power arose in my body. It’s like how shaping your mouth into a smile releases endorphins even if you’re sad. I realized, to get the right effect, my foot couldn’t just rest on the stack of wood, it had to stomp directly on top of it. The position of the coffee cup had to look as though I had just taken a sip, because it had to appear as if I was so confident in my skivvies I was relaxed enough to enjoy a latte.

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The pulchritudinous ladies of Port Townsend

Anyone who has seen the Netflix comedy “GLOW” knows the acronym stands for the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. I wanted to make the tagline my own after my friends and I hit the Port Townsend Halloween scene last night dressed as those characters. I was pretty excited when the ol’ thesaurus spat out the word “pulchritudinous.” Synonyms for pulchritudinous include: Bewitching, classy, fascinating, resplendent and well-formed.

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Big 'Duck Hunter

Helen and I descended a slope where everything grew but houses. That land was destined to be part of the sea as it curled onto the beach, rolling like a player piano scroll upon which each cottonwood, thimbleberry and foxglove might trigger a single note when it hit the sand and washed away.

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She Tells Sea Tales: A Survivor's Story

It was hard going. In Mexico, the family shipwrecked in a williwaw while anchored close to land. The boys surfed cushions to shore, where textbooks and toys, covered in diesel, washed up on the beach.

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