Wednesday, July 15, 2009

StoryMatters Episode 7 - Three 99 Word Story Triggers

Today we had the first live virtual studio audience for Episode 7 of StoryMatters. We'll be posting the recording soon but until then here are the three 99 word stories that were the trigger for our rich dialogue and story swapping.

Jeff was not an urbanite but he lived in an apartment above a busy Manhattan street. The rush of city– especially the noise of traffic – began to affect his sense of wellbeing. So, when a friend suggested he spend his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Jeff did not hesitate.

Two weeks surrounded by gulls and waves healed Jeff’s spirit with lasting impact. Back in New York, he still awoke with the sound of surf in his ears – even though it was really the traffic far below his window!

Imagination plus attitude equals potent medicine for everyday coping.

Who Knew?
At three and a half, my daughter was a pacifier junkie. She only popped it in her mouth after daycare yet no amount of encouragement could induce her to kick the habit.

One day, my wife and I were discussing a report that the chemical softener in pacifiers could be carcinogenic. Our daughter interrupted to ask what we were talking about. We explained, in simple terms, that her pacifier might be dangerous for her long-term health. Without a word, she took it out of her mouth. Cold turkey.

We never really know how much a person comprehends!

The Passing Lane
Ahead of me climbing the steep mountain highway, three cars and a very slow truck jockey for dominance. The drivers all know this is the only passing lane for several miles. I can just imagine the tension in those cars as everyone tries to get around the lumbering truck before the passing lane ends. They are bumper to bumper at 60 mph!

Two cars pass the truck. Not me. But at the top of the hill, the truck makes a left turn onto another highway.

Some problems take care of themselves. Some problems we make ourselves.


1 comment:

  1. Your blog is very nice. The photographs are very beautiful. Let us pray for peace for the world. Let us make the world pollution free and save it for our children. Wish you all the best. God is Great.


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