Category Archives: Story Power

Monologues, drama, fiction, memoir

The Power of Story

“Tell ‘em there’s power in Story,” the old gnome whispered. “Power ter heal and power ter hurt. Tell ‘em ter use their stories ter heal.” ~from The Wishing Map The above quote is the tagline for my life and the … Continue reading

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Fat Cat

Two True Fables: Part One We didn’t look for cats. They would just show up and say, “I live here now, and you’re going to feed me.” It was a pretty sweet deal, though. They were free, they were cute, … Continue reading

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The Most Amazing Lie in History!

IN HONOR OF THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY I’m reprinting this story which originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Mental_Floss Magazine.     by Lucas Reilly How a chicken farmer turned self-made spy helped rescue the D-Day Invasion from … Continue reading

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Abortion and Rape

I found this story in my newsfeed and was intrigued by the implications: What if pregnancy is not insult added to injury in the case of rape, but a “gift” (to be kept or lovingly given to someone else). The … Continue reading

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My Age of Anxiety

Part Three: The Healing Wave (To read Part One, click here) I’d become interested in Jesus’ teachings months before I entered the dark tunnel of despair. I’d sat on the roof next to my second storey apartment window reading a … Continue reading

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Music from My Movies

Impossible Love The song Impossible Love plays a key role in my film Over-the-Rhine, as indeed it does in my life. Early in the movie, seventeen-year-old songwriter and drug addict Alec has a melody stuck in his head. He attempts … Continue reading

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Can Anyone Who is “Un-Saved” be Redeemed?

Not everyone uses the term un-saved. But Jesus said, and our own eyes tell us, that there are people who are on paths of self-destruction, whose choices are toxic to themselves and to others. I know, because I was one … Continue reading

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