Modern Mythology Lessons

Statue of Zeus in Greece

“The more difficult it is for us to articulate our experiences of loss, longing, and feeling lost to the people around us, the more disconnected and alone we feel.” 

~ Brené Brown, Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

“We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel.” ~ Marshall B. Rosenberg

Shane as Iron Man

All the crazy things that have been going on in the world the last few years have convinced me of one thing; it is our out of control emotions, and our failure to take responsibility for them, that causes all the pain and suffering in the world.

I’m preparing to teach Dramatic Structure one last time. Watching the movies I’ve chosen I got to thinking about all the things we can learn from stories. In fact I believe they were one of the very first teaching tools of humanity.

Out of all the lessons we can learn by discussing the nuances of stories, I think emotional intelligence is the most useful. For some reason, characters from the MCU came to my mind. Even though I’m 69 years old, we have a teenage nephew who is a huge superhero nerd. So, to keep up with him, we have watched lots and lots of superhero movies, both DC and MCU. I have to say the MCU is my favorite series, but Wonder Woman is amazing.

Anyway, while we were in the PNW on vacation, we watched the latest Spider Man movie. In that version, (spoiler alert), there are three versions of Peter Parker. The older ones help the youngest one solve a really big problem and in the process the teenage Peter, learns a bit about his emotions and that it’s not good to stuff them.

So, I do this random thing where I’m thinking about a story in the back of my mind as I’m doing other things. One thought led me to another. First, superhero movies are one genre of modern stories that are our modern mythology. Then I was thinking about the things we learn from stories. And this random tidbit from my teacher training came to me. It’s as important to foster emotional intelligence in our students as it is mental processes, so they can learn to think critically. In fact, Those two things go hand-in-hand.

The MCU is a perfect example of the importance of emotional intelligence. There are characters on either end of the spectrum from highly emotionally intelligent to not very emotionally intelligent at all. Here is my example. Tony Stark is a mental genius, but not very emotionally intelligent, at least not at first. He makes decisions without really taking time to consider the consequences. He thinks taking action will alleviate his jumbled emotions. Steve Rogers, on the other hand, is not stupid, but his genius is his emotional intelligence. He’s able to take a step back when a problem presents itself, think of the consequences of his actions, and think strategically to come up with the best plan. All the other MCU characters are at various places on the spectrum between those two.

There are so many examples in stories where a character tries to stuff his or her feelings and then just reacts without much thought when something goes wrong. When they do that, the outcome is usually not very good. They get themselves into deeper and deeper trouble. 

I can attest to the fact that stuffing my feelings made my life so much more miserable because the pain grows. It doesn’t disappear. If I allow myself to feel the pain, it tends to dissipate quickly and I can see options to solving my problem.

The thing I love about stories is that, if we choose to, we can put ourselves into the character’s shoes and maybe learn from their mistakes, strengths, and successes. How are we like them? How are we dissimilar? And does what they’re going through give us clues to take home and apply to our own lives? Those are the kinds of questions my parents put to me whenever we watched movies, TV shows, or read books together. Those are the kinds of things I want to promote with this blog, my podcast, and my Patreon Community. I want to foster dialogue about the things we learn from stories.

Those are my thoughts today. I hope you are doing well. I’d love to hear what stories you love because you learned something from them.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022

The Space Between Time

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.

Patreon

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.

PodMatch

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.

Strap on Your Boots and Create

Jason Sherman is a successful entrepreneur, award winning filmmaker, published author, tech startup expert, and journalist. He has been featured by several media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Verge, and ABC News. Jason is fluent in Spanish, is a classically trained violinist, and was a featured speaker on FOX’s Futurist TV Show: Xploration Earth 2050.

Jason runs a web and mobile dev shop and film studio from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He gives guest lectures at area universities, and regularly supports hackathons or tech events as a mentor and judge. His methodologies on entrepreneurship and data driven decisions are his main source of education to those he helps all around the world.  His startup book Strap on your Boots is the culmination of his life’s work to help other entrepreneurs succeed and is the focus of a class he created called Startup Essentials. He originally taught the course as a guest lecturer at area universities, including the Wharton School of Business and now the course is available online for students on Udemy.

Jason Sherman
Strap on Your Boots and Create

Jason’s Website, Podcast, and Social Media

  Website, books, Udemy class, and more

  Podcast: Strap on Your Boots, Apple link

  Facebook

  LinkedIn

  Twitter

  YouTube

His documentaries on Tubi, Plex, IMDb: Most recent Cutting Corners, Older, King’s Highway, The Bucks County Massacre

Miami, Surfside Champlain apartment building collapse 

The Grand Theatre in Douglas, AZ

Copper Mining, Bisbee, AZ

SV Community Theatre, Sierra Vista, AZ

Story-Power, Lucinda’s podcast, Apple, Google, Spotify

PodMatch, A dating service for podcasters

Dan Brown, Author

J.K. Rowling, Author

Jason’s Tips for selling books:

 1. Give away free copies to reviewers

 2. Make a book trailer for all your social media outlets

 3. Use free resources, Libraries, Websites, Social Media, Podcast guest spots, to promote your book

 4. Daily exposure on social media

 5. Arrange your own book signings and ask your friends and social media circle to attend

Terry Green, Strata Productions, IMDb

Marie Forleo, Host of Marie TV, business coach

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

This episode is brought to you by PodMatch, the dating service for podcasters. They introduced me to Jason Sherman, and I’m so glad they did. I hope you’ve enjoyed our conversation and remember that if you have a podcast or something to share with the world, check out PodMatch and tell them Lucinda sent you.

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.

New Post Series

My Favorite Books

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” ~ Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

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

My life is in transition. I’m winding down teaching. In fact, I may not even have students for my favorite class this fall. That’s all good with me. I’ve been ready to concentrate on Story-Power, this blog, and working on my novel for quite some time. It’s not that I won’t write about my spiritual journey, or how I feel about current events, but lately I’ve begun to realize that everything that happens to us in life, we turn into stories. And I’m a bit like Sylvia Plath. I want to experience everything, or as much of it as I can. That’s what stories do for me. I’m able to get a glimpse into someone else’s emotions and experiences when I chat with them, or when I read a book, or watch a movie or TV show. It’s not exactly the same as experiencing it myself, but it’s close.

One day I was doing a MindValley lesson with Jeffrey Allen and he said something that gave me another insight into why I love stories so much. He said something like, “We watch movies so we can feel emotions.” And I said to myself, “That’s it! Stories help us examine emotions at a safe distance.” Maybe we have had some bad experiences that have left us feeling damaged and vulnerable and we think if we go to those dark places in our minds, we’ll get lost there. But examining those dark feelings through characters in a story can be helpful.

I’ve actually been thinking of writing a book about my personal experiences of discussing stories with my parents and how that has helped me take what I learned from the characters in the stories and apply them in the real world. It’s our emotions that get us into trouble most of the time. I believe that exploring lots of different kinds of stories and using them as a kind of therapy is a good thing. My parents also used stories as a way for us to communicate some of our deepest feelings without feeling embarrassed. We could use the characters experiences as a substitute for our own. 

Another thing I love about stories, as Sylvia Plath indicated, I can examine emotions and situations that I might never experience. In a way it’s like living many lifetimes vicariously. How cool is that!

It’s my sincere belief that we are either extremely curious about other people, or conversely, we are afraid of others because we see them as hostile toward us. In either case, examining stories can help us learn to live more easily with others.

I will start off this series by sharing what I’ve learned about living on this planet, one story at a time. The insights I gained from watching or reading the story and how I applied the lessons to my everyday life. I’m not a parent, but I have seen the eyes of my students light up during discussions of a story when I indicate that they can take the lessons it offers and use them in their everyday lives. That was obviously not something they had ever thought of before. That’s the message I want to share. Stories teach us important lessons that we can use in our encounters with our fellow human beings.

I hope you’ll share your insights from a book, movie, TV show, or personal interaction with us. I want to learn from you as much as from all the media I consume and my personal connections.

Thanks for reading, liking, and commenting. I appreciate it.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022

The Space Between Time

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.

Patreon

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.

PodMatch

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.

Write What You Know

Tammy Euliano writes medical thrillers. She’s inspired by her day job as a physician, researcher and medical educator. She is a tenured professor at the University of Florida, where she’s been honored with numerous teaching awards, nearly 100,000 views of her YouTube teaching videos, and was featured in a calendar of women inventors (copies available wherever you buy your out-of-date calendars).

Her debut novel, Fatal Intent, will be published by Oceanview in March, 2021. Her short fiction has been recognized by Glimmer Train, Bards & Sages, Flame Tree Press, Flash Fiction Magazine, Crime Bake, and the Faulkner Society, among others.

University of Florida, Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida

Fatal Intent, Tammy Euliano

Website: https://www.teuliano.com/ Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube

ThrillerFest in New York City

Authors

  Lee Child, Jack Reacher series

  Kathy Reichs, Temperance Brennan series

  Anne Lamott, memoirist and essayist

  Brené Brown, Atlas of the Heart

  Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Gamache series

  Harlan Coben, Wilde series

  Michael Connolly, Harry Bosch series

  Tess Garretson, Rizzoli and Isles series

  Lisa Unger, Jones Cooper series, and other stand alone thrillers

  Ellis Peters, The Cadfael series

  James Runcie, The Grantchester Mysteries

  Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days

Goldendale, Washington

Preeclampsia – a form of toxemia of pregnancy

Sequel to Fatal Intent, Misfire, due out January 22, 2023

PodMatch, what I call a dating service for podcasters. My affiliate link

Scribd, All in one simple subscription for stories in all formats

Libby app at your local library

What Should I Read Next, Podcast with Anne Bogel

The Incomparable, Podcasts with Roman Mars

Oceanview Publishing

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

PodMatch

This episode is brought to you by PodMatch, the dating service for podcasters. They introduced me to Tammy, and I’m so glad they did. I hope you’ve enjoyed our conversation and remember that if you have a podcast or something to share with the world, check out PodMatch and tell them Lucinda sent you.

Patreon

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.

Live Long and Prosper

I promised to tell you why I may not be posting for awhile. I’m at my Mother’s 90th birthday celebration. For a year we’ve been planning this surprise for her and it has been so wonderful to have far flung family gathered to celebrate a well-lived life. 

As I write this I’m watching the tide come in and go out. Barry and I remembered that the last time we were at the ocean was 26 years ago when we moved to Arizona. I had forgotten how invigorating and nourishing it is to be near the water. I love the desert, but there has always been something about the ocean that repairs my psyche. I hope to visit it much more often for some ocean therapy once I’m fully retired from teaching. 

I’ll connect again when we get back from our lovely, much needed vacation. I’m realizing that I need to unplug for awhile so I can restore my creative juices. 

I hope you get to take some time to rest and relax as well.

Thanks for reading, liking and commenting.

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022

Patreon

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.

The Space Between Time

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.

PodMatch

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.