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Vulnerability, an Essential Element of Good Storytelling

(Follows is the second of a series of guest blogs I’ve written for Juan Rodriguez’s Blog, Haki Storytelling, with his introduction and title.)  I said, one of the main purposes of storytelling is to tune in to people in our own personal or corporate way. Make them understand what we are and what is our position […]

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Gifted by Grief – An Enlightening Journey

When Jane Duncan Rogers’ husband Philip, died in 2009, grief’s vulnerability and pain of loss initially overwhelmed her despite her background as a personal coach, spiritual practitioner, and psychologist. But over time she came to recognize the gifts grief brings to life and shares them in her courageously moving book, Gifted by Grief, A True Story […]

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Looking Out on Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska

Photo by John Pratt August 2015

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All Things Alaska #2

August 9, 2013 Evening sun bursts through dissipating clouds Blue sky blesses grey sky weary day Waves roll ashore Crows gather and convene on beach rest on driftwood like a church congregation caw caw cawing sings out Air a cool fan on face blushes in warming sun walk on Bishop Beach in Homer’s Old Town […]

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What Are YOU Grateful for Today?

Photo by Brian Payne “. . . Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G. K. Chesterton Today I am grateful for – being filled with the joy of sharing another year of life with my loving husband celebrating the birth of a new nephew gazing on clear blue skies over a placid bay with eagles and […]

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Life Happens, Death Interrupts

Today, my last dad, Ben Payne, is being buried. He died on March 9th, 2015 in Ottumwa, Iowa. For over ten years I had three dad’s at the same time, my birth father, Tommie Walker, the man I grew up with, Daddy, my mother’s husband, Willie Alexander, and Dad, the father of my husband, Brian. Dad […]

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