Sue Shellenbarger wrote a great article (Work & Family column in the Wall Street Journal) today about the value of family story telling between generations. Here's an excerpt: "As parents cut budgets, many are finding family stories have surprising power to help children through hard times. Storytelling experts say the phenomenon reflects a growing national interest in telling tales, evidenced by a rise in storytelling events and festivals. New research bears out the value of family stories, linking teens' knowledge of them to better behavior and mental health." I remember hating that Grandpa always harped about finishing my first project before starting another, and he would tell stories of woe to drive his point home. These days Grandpa is long gone, but whenever I am tempted to drop what I am doing to start a new thread, which happens everyday with 10 screens constantly open on my computer monitor, I think of Grandpa's advice and try to finish the first one before moving on. Here is Sue's full article, or see her 3/11/09 blog post on passing on life's lessons: TheJuggle.com.
Causes David Marshall Supports
Kiva, Microplace, MercyCorps