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Personal Narrative

The Dandelion Seed Waits With Hope

Nicole Dash | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Nicole Dash

Perspective is so personal -- like faith. You either choose to believe or you don't. You try to make sense of everything. You try to set your own course. That is, until you find yourself floating. Not because you are lacking something, but instead, because you are ready for something different.

Commemorating the Lives of Italian-American, Non-Traditional Social Workers, From East Harlem

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 07.01.2014 | New York
Joseph LoGiudice

The Pascales are the few people who can light that flame of hope through their beautiful and touching stories, especially during this grim time of capitalism that overshadows individuals' basic rights and needs.

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

So What's Your Story?

Bobby Umar | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Bobby Umar

What exactly is your story? Your story is the culmination of your entire experience both personal and professional. Within your life story, there are dozens of chapters. Within each chapter are nuggets of wisdom.

When Life Hands You a Drug Den, Create a Coaching Opportunity

Christine Sachs | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Sachs

What I do as a coach is not particularly difficult. I listen, and I reflect what I hear/see. The basics are pretty simple, but the real work occurs wh...

When You Should Call Your Grandparents

Ko Im | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Ko Im

Both of my grandfathers are the strong but silent type. One is from the modern-day capital of North Korea before the 38th parallel was drawn. The other has roots in the deep South of the Korean peninsula. Neither are talkers.

How to Write About Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

"What do you write about?" I'm often asked. The answer, um, is I, uh, write about myself, which automatically puts me in the company of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and others who exude the belief that their lives are of inherent interest to others.

Find Your Writer's Voice in 2014

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 02.26.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

The scholarly and professional styles that earned you good grades and your way up the ladder won't win the hearts of readers of fiction or memoir. These readers are looking for the real deal. These readers want the feral you, the wild you that answers to no one.

An Edited Life

Charley Johnson | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Charley Johnson

Writing is just one manifestation of this tension, this nagging, lifelong struggle to be you or be perfect -- to live a messy, real, vulnerable life, or an edited one. In writing, you get to arrange things just so, like a museum curator piecing together the perfect exhibit.

To Do: Stop Dwelling On The Past (Here's Why)

Charley Johnson | Posted 03.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Charley Johnson

It's important to honor and acknowledge your past, to tease lessons from the stories that make you, you. But at some point the past becomes a crutch, something to fall back on when you're uncomfortable in the present or fearful of the future.

On Rediscovering Your True Self

Gangaji | Posted 12.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Gangaji

In not knowing, just for a moment, you can directly discover yourself. This discovery does not arrive by thought, but by your own immediate direct experience. What is here, before every thought, after every thought and during every thought?

Rewriting the Story of Your Life

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 06.16.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

At midlife, it's time to sort through the life stories we tell, pitching out the ones that no longer fit.

The Healing Power of Storytelling

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Storytelling is a two-way street. Illnesses unfold as stories, and physicians need to learn how to listen to those stories. The same is true of giving advice, for if good advice is given in the wrong way, the patient will not follow it.

Beware 'Story Lock'

Matthew Dowd | Posted 02.22.2012 | Home
Matthew Dowd

One of the best things we can do in life, both personally and professionally, is at regular moments to drop the etched stone tablets of our stories to the floor, allow them to break into pieces, and look at things with a fresh eye.

How A Personal Narrative Can Heal

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

It is truly amazing how much fog, depression, confusion and anxiety begins to lift when the story one narrates starts to be one's own. It needn't be a pretty story or even a wholly accurate story -- just one's own.

A Fun Story From Florida

Karin Luisa | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karin Luisa

Last night, I decided to go jump in the canal for one final late night swim before going to bed. But when I turn around to swim back to the dock I don't see anything that looks familiar.