Academic life. I'm presenting on my research topic - how, when & why a humiliating media experience becomes traumatic. #hermeneuticphenomenology  #thelivedexperience

Academic life. I'm presenting on...

Time to get that tooth out! #flds mother & son, and dear friends.

Time to get that tooth...

#flds children goofing off with karaoke. Love these guys.

#flds children goofing off with...

RIP Cookie Monster (the white one). Even on his last leg, he was giving good bye kisses to Radar, his best buddy on Earth. Cookie died tonight. Sure gonna miss this little dog that loved me so very much... Sad.

RIP Cookie Monster (the white...

Writing in a coffee shop this morning. Saw this. Love the mug too!

Writing in a coffee shop...

I grew up in a tiny river town in #crotonmichigan . Our house was full of knotty pine. About 13-14 years ago the house caught on fire. Unbeknownst to me, my sister @hallbilly Suzi & family had salvaged some of the wood, and they created this extraordinary wall hanging out of that wood as a memory.  On top is a picture of the front of my childhood home! I cried my eyes out. Oh! And she made me listen to the song #thehousethatbuiltme first. Talk about an emotional, multisensory experience!!

I grew up in a...


Ranting & raving about life's complications

Why I am fixated on stories

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Our brains our hardwired to remember things in story format. In fact, if you tell a person a story, he will remember it far longer than a list of facts. Author Cecilia Calderón said, “The stories we tell ourselves can open or close possibilities for us.” …


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Coming soon

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This web site is in development, but I decided to put it online before it was completely finished instead of hiding it behind an UNDER CONSTRUCTION page. Check back soon! …

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The science behind nostagia

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There’s a reason the brain is attracted to memories of the past,

What your life story says about you

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Stories may not seem like a basic survival need, but our brains naturally tell stories as a way to give structure and meaning to our lives. And according to research in narrative psychology, an emerging field of study that examines how stories shape our lives and personalities, the stories we tell ourselves play a large role in who we are. “Consciousness begins when brain gains the power, the simple power I might add, of telling a …


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Stories in the brain

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Positive psychologist Shawn Achor describes how there are 11 million pieces of information from our nerve endings that bombard our brains, but our brains only comprehend 40 bits of information per second. If we want to capture the attention of someone’s busy brain, we have to do something that causes our message to rise above the noise. This is where stories become our knights in shining armor. For example, imagine a king being presented a long …

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Story Proof

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Storyproof:  Character intention makes the story make sense. Perhaps the most powerful realization for me in Haven’s chapters is that the foundation for understanding human narrative is to grasp the intent of the characters. In every culture, the most fundamental elements of story include having a character with a goal. However, understanding that a character is on a mission does not necessarily explain the intent. An effective story needs to enable the receiver to understand the …

Developing your story

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A story map is reflects the plot points in the story core elements in a deeper, more sophisticated way. It includes the plotting of the emotional elements and maps out the plot in a way that makes sense; specifically, the problem, transformation, and resolution. A story map is using a visual tool that helps the creator see the story arch and any potentially missing elements. A story map is turned into a script, or the written …