Of Daughters, websites and memories






This is a story about stories – actually about people who tell stories.

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I have 4 daughters but this is the story of the oldest – the one who had to blaze the trail for the others and, then when that was sufficiently torched, has gone out on her own to blaze a trail for herself.

My oldest daughter is a story-teller. As a little girl she loved stories. She’d make them up, tell them to her stuffed animals and barbies. She’d draw picture and spend time telling  her mom and me these great stories. As she grew up, the stories grew and became more detailed. Once she learned to read, she devoured books, reading any time she could. Like her father, she loves Star Wars and Lord of the Rings – sometimes these are the stories that we use to slowly walk along paths to get to places to discuss other things. As she entered the teenage years, the stories and books helped her work through and, sometimes survive, those years. She took up art, drawing and painting. She took up the challenge to write 50, 000 words – #NaNoWriMo – twice in highschool. She wrote and drew and painted and wrote…..

yet, she hadn’t found her style – her medium of choice.

The Camera

She began taking pictures at school – the yearbook editor, writer and photographer. She would take pictures everywhere and anywhere of anyone. The yearbook never lacked for pictures. She took an AP Art class – photography. She had found her place – her medium for telling her stories. Since then, she has done some amazing things, earned a photojournalist degree and all the while she has taken pictures, telling a story with pictures – combining the art of bringing to life the words with pictures – amazing pictures from different parts of the world –

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I love this last one – so true!

She has taken this passion, which she captures in her blog Blued Eyed Sight to tell  stories. She tells stories of the people she meets, the places she visits and the foods she eats – some amazing foods! Screenshot 2014-11-06 16.24.13Screenshot 2014-11-06 16.17.49One of her most amazing stories is Christmas Mice – I’ll let you visit the site to read it – I cannot do justice to her story. She has learned to weave together her stories and combine it with her passion to become a reporter for the Wetaskwin Times where she writes and takes pictures to tell the stories of the people’s lives who live there. An everyday storyteller.

Of Websites

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I’ve been following this site for awhile now – intrigued by the way the stories evolve from the participants.

The ds106 flow has syndicated 33929distributed blog posts created by our participants since December2010 when Jim Groom blogged the idea of ds106 as an open and online experiment.

It’s an amazing site with amazing stories – all woven around the idea of people learning together to become better storytellers. There is a ds106radio and google community . I sometimes just visit the radio station to see what’s playing and visit the site to see what’s going on. It’s all about helping people tell better stories.

Personal Productivity Perspectives 


Erik Fisher interviews Donald Miller on this episode of Personal Productivity Perspectives and discusses story!

Donald Miller is all about story. He is the author of several books, including multiple New York Times Best Sellers. Donald is also the founder of Storyline, an organization that helps people live better stories. He’s helped thousands overcome a sense of meaninglessness by helping them create their Storyline life plan. If you’re struggling with a sense of meaningless, pick up Storyline today. After studying story for years and successfully using the elements of story to engage customers, Don created StoryBrand, a process any business owner or marketing team can go through to create a communication script that will increase sales. Don is also the creator of the Storyline Productivity Schedule, a free daily schedule using modern psychology to increase a person’s productivity. Don believes getting your story straight changes everything.

What is absolutely awesome is the discussion focuses on helping all people on telling their stories and using the elements of story to help people with creating and crafting their own life story. I was really impressed with the interview, especially the part that discusses Focus and Finishing two things that I have been discussing related to teachers and moving from “busy to productive”. Anyone interested in storytelling should listen to this podcast!



My grandmother is 99 years old and has seen many incredible things during that time – and can tell stories. I remember sitting at the large oak table with a coffee on a Saturday when I had just begun teaching as she told me story after story of her life at school and learning and growing up as a homesteader in Saskatchewan where her “Papa” was a cattle rancher who settled the town of Lady Lake. Her descriptions were incredible – the cold of winter, the heat of summer – the smell of the earth after a rain…… these stories could last the entire afternoon – ginger snaps and coffee intermixed with just stories ….taking me back to being

a little boy sitting in her kitchen –

her moving around the kitchen cooking, the smell of ginger strong in the air

as she

baked cookies

the hardest part is that this is coming to an end as my grandmother is slowly losing the battle to dementia – she can hardly remember her children –

yet, on my last visit, she was able to tell me a story of her sisters and her – a world where she lives more and more.

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hit the table as I struggle to tell this…

Stories are powerful

They help us make sense of our world, bring us together, give shape to the world around us – make us realize how being human is such a wonder – sometimes painfully so…….. What are your stories? How do you share them? Helping our students tell their stories is important – it connects them to the world. How do you help your students? Have you listened to their stories? Have you listened, lately, to your own?

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