Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World — Life & Soul Magazine

Here’s a roundup of some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week: 1. The remarkable power of the prickly pear – A stalwart of the Mexican landscape is finding a second life powering up buildings in the desert, and it is proving to be an unusually sustainable biofuel, according […]

Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World — Life & Soul Magazine

Great Big Story’s international hunt for dragons — Life & Soul Magazine

Dragons are alive, well and thriving around the world. In the below compilation of dragon-themed stories from around the world, Great Big Story features a 17-storey temple in Thailand with a dragon wrapped around it, a Dungeons & Dragons master who has people worldwide participating in his games, a sweet in Singapore known as dragon’s […]

via Great Big Story’s international hunt for dragons — Life & Soul Magazine

Abandoned stories — Le Drake Noir

At the lake stood a flower and seems both completely abandoned and out of step with the time of year for flowers in bloom. A mountain bike ride in that side of Alsace, which is a little abandoned. As usual inspired by “Restlessjo” and her “Monday walk” themes. Nothing more french than an abandoned Citroen 2CV. […]

via Abandoned stories — Le Drake Noir

Law & Order SVU: Still the best!

As a culture writer I’m supposed to turn you on to some cool Euro detective drama on Netflix. Sure, I’ve watched them, and I have to say, not only are they mostly humdrum or clever without being smart, they’re not as interesting as what’s happening on Law & Order: SVU every week. Storylines that are…

via “Law & Order: SVU” is the most important show on television — Quartz

Reviving Magic

Where has the magic gone from childhood?  Must adulthood negation the mind’s flights of fancy?  Does being a ‘grown up’ have to shut the mind’s door to wandering through those shadowy nooks and crannies of childhood memories?  Crevices where dragons lurked, waiting for the child in me to summon them out into the sunshine to play in fields of fairies and lightening bugs.  The world is much darker and sterile as an adult, with so little wonder and imagination allowed to stir or escape from the depths of our memories.

With so many places currently a tinderbox of strife, stress, and violence, I long for those bygone days when there existed, most definitively – dragons!  Tonight, I am going back in my mind.  I’m going to walk along those hallowed halls of memories, allow my fingers to once again trace the walls and crevices of childhood memories, and call out to those fantastical beasts lying within.  I need to find that magic that for a brief moment in time, filled my mind and days with magic -and hope.


We are all storytellers

This article, and a myriad of others, posits that telling our own stories is difficult, filled with obstacles and obstructions.  Nonsense.  Every one of us has inherited the gift of storytelling – ever since we first uttered a sound or word to others around us on the great plain.  Mothers have told stories to their babies for millennia, just like fathers have told stories to children and elders to community members.  Societal norms, traditions and customs have all been shared through storytelling.  Here we are in 2017 with technology and tools at our disposal to tell our own stories to everyone in a plethora of ways.

It’s not complicated to tell one’s story or to spin a tale of adventure and intrigue.  It’s part of our DNA, we just have to chose the format that best suits how we want to tell our story and then begin.

“Stories,” writes Lisa Katayama, “help us make sense of our world.”

via “What If People Could Tell Their Own Stories?” — Discover

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