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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jim Trelease

"Story is the vehicle we use to make sense of our lives in a world that often defies logic."

American Author, Speaker, Artist
1941 -

Often the world we live in does not seem to make sense.  Sure we have scientific explanations of how the universe was made.  And we have made great strides in understanding genetics.  But in the end it is the emotional side of life that is chaotic.  People still hate and kill each other and justify it for the dumbest of reasons.  People steal from others whether at the local convenience store or at the gas pump or on Wall Street.  People take drugs to hide their pain and to avoid dealing with the emotional causes of the pain.  Even artists, musicians, actors and writers are often caught in the trap.  They pour their heart and soul into their work and have nothing left over for their families and friends.  They create beautiful works of art and leave their spouses and children crying in the dark.

One of the ways we can make sense of this wild and crazy world we inhabit is to share our stories.  By telling our stories we can impose some structure to the chaos and randomness of the world around us.  Story gives a sense of who we are and where we came from.  Story links us to our past and points the way into the future.