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A few weeks ago I had the great privilege of going to STORY Gathering 2016. I first heard about it when I talked with Lindsay O’Connor way last spring, and she shared about it as her This Moved Me Moment. (If you haven’t heard that conversation, it’s a great one!) I was intrigued! But I didn’t take the leap. I did, however, decide that I would make it happen …

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Speech Club Michelle Obama

Speech lovers everywhere, please tell me you watched Michelle Obama’s speech! I’m guessing you did, or have, or plan to – and so let’s talk about it for a moment. It moved me. And obviously so many others. That’s starting point #1 for us as speakers. But why? Why did it move us so much? It was emotive. And – risking being overly simplistic here – there are two …

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Today’s post is written by theater professor, actor, director, speaker and teacher – Elise Robinson. Elise happened to be my theater professor when I was in college, directed me in several shows, and is someone I admire and adore. She is brilliant and funny – and has taught me so much. Way back in November I interviewed her for This Moved Me on the episode about Holy Theater – and …

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You want to cry aloud for your mistakes. But to tell the truth the world doesn’t need anymore of that sound. -Mary Oliver from, “The Poet with His Face in His Hands” Several years ago, I made a huge mistake on a printed piece that cost the organization I was working for money – and cost me months of restful nights of sleep. I felt sick about it. And so …

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Ok, you’ve got to see this. I got wind of it from Julianne Moore’s interview on Fresh Air where she talked about her time on As The World Turns:   “I learned to be a professional. You might have, as a character, 30 pages of dialogue a day if you’re what they call a ‘front-burner story.’ So you go home, you learn your lines for the next day, you get …

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“Fat” is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.  I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on …

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Happy Monday morning!  Life is been especially hectic as of late – so I wanted to share something that just makes me laugh.  Because sometimes we just gotta laugh, amiright? If you haven’t seen this delightful little video yet, please – watch it now and giggle.  And, appreciate the sweet creativity of this little being.  

“Communities of the like-minded is one of the greatest dangers of the modern world…among liberals and conservatives, agnostics and believers, the rich and the poor, east and west alike. We tend to form clusters based on similarity, and then we produce stereotypes about other clusters of people. In my opinion, one way of transcending these cultural ghettos, is through the art of storytelling. Stories cannot demolish frontiers, but they …

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Dan Pallotta TED

Dan Pallota: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong Talk Review:  Powerful, thought-provoking, intriguing, challenging This Moved Me! I was first introduced to this talk listening to the TED Radio Hour version (in the Giving It Away episode – please go and listen to it now, it’s awesome) on a run in Omaha, Nebraska. I was down there for a fundraising event for a wonderful nonprofit I’ve worked …

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Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley   Photo Credit:  photo credit: hillary.hc.chang via photopin cc

I’m a straight guy, in a marriage. I just didn’t know any transgender people. I’ve read stuff from transgender people on Twitter, and I never would have before. My wife is a teacher and has transgender students, but Twitter helped normalize transgender people for me. I used to use the word “tranny” in a manner that would be derogatory or hurtful if you were on the receiving end. But …

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I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people, to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole. Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall    (via haemus) We do this a lot, don’t we? It’s why, if we can take more than the obligatory moment to really hear each other’s stories – and if we can be brave enough to share them – we …

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The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person—without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted …

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I set out this morning to get through my email, and instead got lost in the wormhole of some friend’s Facebook link, which led me to this, which led me to this, which led me to this… …And then I finally came to this: A first-person account of one woman’s 9/11 experience, blocks from the World Trade Center. I realize it’s nowhere near September and our seemingly obligatory remembering, but it …

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Making Mistakes In this episode, TED speakers consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head-on. Today’s This Moved Me Moment: Today, driving home, I was finally listening to this podcast that my husband recommended I listen to. And the first segment, with physician Brian Goldman, is particularly moving. I mean, we all make mistakes.  But when a doctor makes a mistake, people can die. This story …

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A little over a year ago, this guy jumped off of a spaceship down to earth, like he was doing nothing more than jumping off a diving board.  At the time, we were with some friends up at our family’s cabin, and my son brought it up because they were talking about it in science. He was in kindergarten at the time.  We huddled in front of the t.v. …

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futurejournalismproject: Giles Duley Interview ifilikeityoulikeit: *Very interesting interview “Giles Duley has been getting a lot of attention recently as the photographer who lost both his legs and an arm after stepping on a landmine in Kabul while documenting American troops in Afghanistan. Giles has been reluctant to speak about himself and his accident, but it’s the work that he’s been compiling for ten years that I really wanted to talk to …

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