Why Stories Are So Important

Dad reading to son

I have always loved stories. Maybe because when I am reading, watching, listening to, or discussing them, I feel connected to others. Stories change me in subtle ways. I can experience different time periods, places, and states of being that would not be possible any other way and that has helped expand my life experiences.

That’s what this blog and Story-Power are all about. I think I love doing Story-Power because I get to meet interesting people from all over the world and have meaningful conversations with them. That’s also why I just launched my Patreon community. I’m hoping for deeper and deeper conversations with some of my Story-Power guests, and the people who listen. But more than that, I have not counted the work I do worthy of getting paid to do it, until just recently. Art feeds the soul and I want to honor mine and other people’s artwork by promoting it so we can get financial compensation for it.

Tomorrow, I will be interviewing Teri Brown for Story-Power, the author of a book that affected me deeply. The book is Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, about one family’s experience living in Ukraine from 1978 – 2014. I thought Teri did a fantastic job of capturing the feeling of living under Soviet rule, then the turmoil after it fell. The book depicts how difficult it was to find food, and the other necessities of life, and how the eventual war affected this family. There are very few books that have touched me as this one did. I highly recommend it as it is so timely.

Unfortunately, Teri’s Story-Power episode won’t air until March of 2023. That’s why our unedited conversation is going to be the first StoryPower Patreon post this week. I want to encourage people to listen, then read the book and in two or three weeks, when I get some patrons signed up, we’ll have a live Q&A session with Teri, because according to her Author Notes, there is a story behind the story of the book. I can’t wait to hear how she was inspired to write it.

It’s always been my dream to create conversations here. I don’t know why, but not many people comment on my posts. I get likes but few comments. But maybe that doesn’t matter. I know, we’re all busy but it seems like now more than ever we need to have deep conversations and I want to foster that. So, I invite you to contact me if you’d like to be a guest on Story-Power where you can share your story.

If you are interested in hearing Teri’s story and that of other of my Story-Power guests, the Patreon, subscription is only $5 a month. I wanted it to be pay-what-you-can subscription, but Barry and I couldn’t figure out how to do that yet. 

In any case, I’ll continue to write these blogs and hopefully we’ll create a community here too. I’d love to hear what creative projects you’re working on.

I hope your weekend has been blessed.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022

As many of you know, I’ve been busy with my podcast, Story-Power, which I started in July of 2020. It was going great for about 10 months. I had lots of former students, colleagues, friends, and family to have as guests, but eventually I ran out of guest ideas. I was feeling a little bit of panic. My one year anniversary was approaching. I loved doing the podcast so much, but I needed guests. Fortunately, out of the blue, I received an email from PodMatch inviting me to join their podcasting “dating service” as I call it. I loved that they suggested matches for me and made it easy to schedule guests. Soon, I had so many guests lined up that I was working several months out. It’s been like that ever since. 

I also liked that I could also sign up to be a guest on other people’s podcasts. I’m so happy to be a member of PodMatch that I want to share this wonderful platform with all of you. I love their mission to help promote conversations. I love that! I have been able to chat with people from all over the world, learning about their cultures, and points of view. 

If you are a podcaster, or have a message or fantastic product you want to share with the world, I encourage you to check out PodMatch. Use the affiliate link and tell them, Lucinda sent you. Then contact me so we can set up a chat.

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Published by lucindasagemidgorden

I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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