A Month of Gratitude

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

“The purpose of the storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.” ~ Brandon Sanderson, fantasy and science fiction writer

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.” ~ Robert McKee, professor

This month my posts will be about gratitude. 

Today, I’m taking a little break from working on the online course I’m creating. It’s all about what I have learned from my many years of analyzing stories starting with the family movie nights when I was a very young child.

I am extremely fortunate to have had parents who used stories, one of the oldest teaching tools, to help me understand what it means to be a human being. I’m grateful that they were open minded and were willing to explore any questions that my siblings and our friends had about what was going on in the world, or in our personal lives. More than once my friends said with envy in their voices, “You’ve got the cool parents.” It was true and I’m extraordinarily grateful for that fact.

I loved those movie nights because I connected with my parents in a unique way. The discussions taught me some valuable life skills. I learned that no matter where we come from, humans have lots of things in common. We all want to be loved, to be listened to and understood, and we want to be appreciated for who we are. If we don’t get those things, we can do some pretty horrendous things. 

I also learned great communication and critical thinking skills, compassion, and empathy for others from the stories we dissected. Humans are mysterious and emotional creatures. And analyzing stories has helped me understand that when our emotions are out of control, we don’t make good decisions.

So, thanks Mom and Dad for helping me find a meaningful purpose in life. I hope to pass along my love of stories, and what I continue to learn from them, through all my creative projects.

As this year comes to a close, I hope you share what you’re grateful for with us. 

Thank you so much for reading, liking and commenting. I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy lives to read my musings.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022

The Space Between Time

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.


I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at patreon.com/StoryPower.


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 Story-Power chat.

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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