By Suzanne Down
Something quite amazing happens when a child listens to a story well told, full of warmth and wonder in the storyteller's voice and heart. The child is taken on wings of imagination to the landscape of the story, where characters, archetypes, actions, challenges, and resolves of grace and greatest care take place. The child is carried to a world where the essential good resides, and receives an experience akin to the loving embrace of the "Mother." This is the power of a meaningful story, and more so when it is a shelter story.
By Michael Oliveira
While growing up, the word “pride” was filled with shame. To be proud of my accomplishments was a sin. To be proud of who I am was not allowed because I was not allowed to be my honest self. Seeing out and proud individuals filled me with anger. I thought they were the ones making everyone else’s life so much harder.
It was a long and painful process to peel away all my negative associations with the word “pride.” It was an even more arduous process to go from someone full of shame to an out and proud individual that fights for the LGBTQIA community in whatever way possible. In 2014, my journey brought me to a Camphill community.
By Nancy Blanning
How human beings learn the way things work—achieving a new skill or following a sequence of thoughts—is an interesting question to ask. For adults who want to learn something new—juggling, sourdough starter preparation, or washing machine repair—the internet and YouTube are often where we go first in our modern world. We watch the video, follow the steps of instruction, and hopefully go on to have many laughs with juggling balls, bake delicious bread, or troubleshoot a problem and manage repair without monetary expense. It feels satisfying to watch someone demonstrate the steps toward accomplishing these new tasks, and it is a lot easier than reading one’s way through instructions or hearing someone narrate the task without seeing it simultaneously.
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