“If Ya Wanna Send a Message…”

I concluded introducing myself with this little post when my blog was new last year. Hello (again), world.

Mitch Teemley


Picking a Blog Name, Part Five

The old movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn is reputed to have snarled at a screenwriter, “If ya wanna to send a message, use Western Union!” And yet so many of the greatest storytellers (novelists, filmmakers, playwrights) do send messages.

The key, I think, is that their messages don’t “sit” on their stories like rodeo riders atop bucking broncos; they move with them, are, in fact, inseparable from them.  What would Les Miserables be without its message? Or To Kill a Mockingbird?  Or even Toy Story?  Woody y Buzz-815582

Not only can stories deliver a message, they are the best way to deliver a message. Because in a well told story listeners not only hear but experience the message. And experience, as the saying goes, is the best teacher. 

So this blog site’s subtitle is The Power of Story.

But power to do what?

Power to change. Our beliefs…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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3 Responses to “If Ya Wanna Send a Message…”

  1. BunKaryudo says:

    Stories really are powerful. It’s why clever politicians don’t talk about the unemployment rate going up 0.75% but instead tell you about Frank, who one day…

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  2. Jay says:

    I’m glad you gave us a second look at this, Mitch!

    Liked by 1 person

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