opened to a chapter called The Story Behind the Story. Oh synchronicity! And this - "We live in an era where our attention is so scattered that we just skim events...But storytelling has always been a deeper, more connective art, preserving the story of life that's at the heart of all news. The most important stories show how we're connected." Here I am, after a month of being housebound and feeling more connected than ever to many of the people in my life. Why? Because there is time in every day to share our stories. Is that a luxury? I used to think it was. But maybe it is a necessity instead.
Sharing our stories is necessary to really see each other and to be seen. Nepo writes: "We all long to be accepted. And we all struggle with being invisible..." I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the people who have taken the time to know my story and make me feel seen.
The Storyteller's Apprentice
(an illuminated novel by Dana Kumerow. Illustrations by Brittany Tate and Jen Walls)
Except from an early review by author Karon Luddy:
"Sitting alongside Samira in the wagon, Arella’s dented sense of self makes her long to find her own kind, her own wild tribe. And luckily, Kumerow takes the reader along on an adventure of vast growth and transformation that delves deeply into Arella’s psyche to reclaim her birthright as a genius in listening to stories and eventually into telling stories herself. And perhaps against all odds, Arella becomes herself."
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Jen Walls and her imaJENation