Ah-Ha Moments

Unbridled Joy

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

The above quote happens to be one of my favorites, but you know how it is, you can love an adage but not fully understand it. This week I had an ah-ha moment which, helped me understand this quote more fully.

But first let me tell you this story. I know someone who refuses to eat chocolate in protest for, or maybe in support of all those people in the world who are too poor to be able to buy it for themselves. When I first heard this person state their reason for depriving themselves of chocolate I thought, “Okay, that makes about as much sense as telling a child to clean up their plate because there are starving children in China.” How does my depriving myself of chocolate, or eating everything on my plate help the starving people of the world? I could not see the correlation.

This week as I finished my 21 day meditation with Oprah and Deepak, he said something that made all my work on loving myself make a new piece of my life puzzle click into place. Deepak said, “You are not in the world, the world is in you. Therefore when you evolve inside, the world is being encouraged to evolve. Act out of love and your best intentions will go viral.” And that was it! I got what Marianne Williamson was trying to get me to understand. As I work on loving myself that spreads to others and when we get to critical mass, the world changes. And this goes along with what I had intended to write for today’s post. 

I’ve been contemplating suffering quite a bit lately. I have some aches and pains which could probably be addressed so I don’t suffer, but with COVID and my own stubbornness, I haven’t done anything about it. So I’ve been thinking a lot about why we torture ourselves? 

Barry and I have been binge watching Agents of Shield thanks to our nephew’s love of all things superhero. In one episode, one of the characters was torturing herself because she believed she should have died in the place of the man she loved, who died for her. As the episode ended I said to Barry, “Why do we make ourselves suffer?” A day or two later, I got my ah-ha from Deepak’s words.

As a result I took an even closer look at my life and realized that I’ve made myself suffer in other ways most decidedly, financially. 

I quit my full-time teaching job thirteen years ago so I could become a writer. I wanted to sell my work. But in the back of my mind, I didn’t feel worthy of making money selling my books. I made all kinds of excuses for why it wasn’t selling; I wasn’t good at marketing, I self-published and didn’t have the help of a big marketing department … and so on.

Then in 2013 I started this blog. I had low expectations of the number of people who would read it. I now have about 340 followers. I wish I had more followers, but I haven’t taken the time to promote it, or to build relationships with those of you who do follow it.

And now I’ve created my Story~Power podcast and again, I thought it would take a year or two to gain a lot of followers and get sponsors and finally make some money to compensate the time it takes me to do it. 

Now I know that’s all bull hockey. I want to make money doing what I love, but I never told the Universe what I wanted in a clear manner. I never stated it, and then asked for help in accomplishing it. I never expected the miracle to happen for me. Part of me felt like I should offer my creative talents on a sacrificial level. That whole idea of the starving artist thing has been a part of my consciousness for a long time. But Deepak’s words slammed home to me that that is just like depriving myself of chocolate, or finishing all the food on my plate because there are starving people in the world. I’m not helping anyone by expecting all my hard work to go uncompensated, or to have a small impact on the world. 

I’m determined to change my thinking and my actions right now. I can’t be the introverted wall flower forever so I plan to develop more relationships and support the work of others I admire. After all, life is about relationships. This will be a stretch for me. But there will be plenty of quiet time to recharge my batteries so I can go out and meet more creative people. 

I’m sure I’ll backslide. I’ll forget to shine as children do. It’s hard to break out of old programing. But for the first time in my life, I feel like I deserve to earn money doing what I love to create.

Thank you for supporting my work by following, reading, liking and occasionally commenting.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

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, 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 new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats 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.

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Movie Making and More

Scott Hamilton is a resident of Sierra Vista for the last 27 years. He has studied film and acting for the last seven years. His experiences come from both stage and film, with a strong passion in the film industry. He is credited with films such as The Righteous Twelve, Highway 666, and Firesides Tales. He produces, writes, directs and acts in shorts on his YouTube Channel New Idea Productions. Besides acting, Scott is also an avid cosplayer. Portraying characters from Superman, Star-Lord, Green Arrow, Natsu, to his latest Shazam!

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Movie Making and More

The Righteous Twelve projected premiere July 4, 2021, Avondale Pictures, Anthony Adams, Oliver Lucas, Lance Rand, Don Schroth, Ian Van Cleve, Chuck Williams, Directors, Stephen Donnelly, Chuck Williams, Screenwriters

Also by Avondale Pictures available on Prime Video

Shake Off the World (2015) Chuck Williams, Director and Screenwriter

Amazed by You (2017) Mark Hannah, Director, Stephen Donnelly, Mark Hannah, Chuck Williams, Screenwriters

New Idea Productions, Facebook, YouTube The First Quest

Arrow (2012 – 2020) James Bamford and 51 others, Directors, Greg Berlanti,  Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Creators, Teleplay writers and 46 others, Actor Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Star Lord of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) James Gunn, Director, James Gunn and 10 other Screenwriters

Superman Movies (1978, 1980, 1983, 2006) 

Shazam! (2019) David F. Sandberg, Director, Henry Gayden, Darren Lemke, Bill Parker, Screenwriters, Shazam Creator, C.C. Beck

The Incredibles (2004) Brad Bird, Director and Screenwriter

Bridgerton Series (2020 – ) Julie Anne Robinson, Sheree Folkson, Alrick Riley, Tom Verica, Directors, Chris Van Dusen, Creator and Screenwriter, Novels by Julia Quinn, Jess Brownell, Abby McDonald, Joy C. Mitchell, Geetika Lizardi, Leila Cohan-Miccio, Sarah Dollard, Janet Lin, Writers

Phoebe Dynevor and Conan O’Brien Interview

The Country Wife, William Wycherley

Vertigo Comics

Chicago Med (2015 – ) Michael Waxman and 40 others, Directors, Michael Brandt, Creator and Writer plus 28 others

The Stand (1994) Mick Garris, Director, Stephen King, Novel and Teleplay, (2020 – 2021) Josh Booth and 5 others, Directors, Josh Booth, Benjamin Cavell, Creators and Teleplay, Additional writers, Stephen King, Jill Killington, Owen King, Knate Lee, Eric Dickinson, Taylor Elmore

MCU – Avengers: Infinity War, (2018) Anthony and Joe Russo, Directors, Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and 10 others, Screenplay 

Avengers: Endgame, (2019) Anthony and Joe Russo, Directors, Christopher Markus and 10 others, Screenplay

Spider Man (2002) Sam Raimi, Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, David Koepp

Superman II (1980) Richard Lesser and Richard Donner, Directors, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman Creators, Mario Puzo, David and Leslie Newman, Tom Mankiewicz, Screenwriters

The Hunger Games Movie Series, (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) Novels, Suzanne Collins

The Last Samurai (2003) Edward Zwick, John Logan, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Screenwriters

The Battle of Thermopylae: 300 Spartans

The 13th Warrior (1999) John McTiernan, Michael Crichton, Directors, Novel “Eaters of the Dead”, Michael Crichton, William Wisher, Warren Lewis, Screenwriters

Seven Samurai (1954) Akira Kurosawa, Director, Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni, Screenwriters

Turner Classic Movies  

David Gemmell, Drenai Saga Book 1 – Legend

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) Zack Snyder, Director, Story by Zack Snyder, Chris Terrio, Will Beall, and 6 others, Screenwriters

Man of Steel (2013) Zack Snyder, Director, David S. Goyer, and 3 others Screenwriters

Pirates of the Caribbean Series, (2003, 2006, 2007, 2011) Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

Bones (2005 – 2017) Hart Hanson, Creator, Ian Toynton, and 23 other Directors, Novels, Kathy Reichs, Hart Hanson and 100 other Screenwriters

Dances with Wolves (1990) Kevin Costner, Director, Michael Blake, Novel and Screenwriter

Shogun (1980) Jerry London, Director, Novel, James Clavell, Eric Bercovici, Screenwriter

Jane Austen, Author, (1775 – 1817)

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (1816 – 1855)

William Shakespeare, Poet, Playwright, Actor (1564 – 1616)

Eragon (2006) Steven Gangmeier, Novels Christopher Paolini, Peter Buchman, Screenwriter

The Wheel of Time Series, Robert Jordan

Khe (The Ahsenthe Cycle) Alexes Razevich

Louis L’Amour, Author (1908 – 1988)

Mortal (2020) André Øvredal, Director, André Øverdal, Norman Lesperance, Geoff Bussetil, Screenwriters

WandaVision (2021) Matt Shakman, Director, Peter Cameron, Mackenzie Dohr, and 21 other Screenwriters

Smallville (2001 – 2011) James Marshall and 54 other Directors, Alfred Gough, Creator and Screenwriter with 113 others

Star Trek: The Original Series, (1966 – 1969) Marc Daniels and 27 other Directors, Gene Roddenberry, Creator and Screenwriter and 82 others

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996 – 2003) Joss Whedon and 31 other Directors, Joss Whedon, Creator, and 48 other Screenwriters

Angel (1999 – 2004) James A. Contner and 33 other Directors, Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, Creators, and 41 other Screenwriters

ER (1994 – 2009) Christopher Chulack and 68 other Directors, Michael Crichton, Creator and 99 other Screenwriters

It (1990) Tommy Lee Wallace, Director, Novel and Screenwriter, Stephen King, Tommy Lee Wallace Lawrence D. Cohen

The Langoliers (1995) Tom Holland, Director, Novel and Screenwriter Stephen King with Tom Holland

Centennial (1978 – 1979) Virgil W. Vogel and 3 other Directors, Novel and Screenwriter, James A. Michener, with John Wilder, Charles Larson, and Jerry Ziegman

Automata (2014) Gabe Ibáñez, Director, Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legarreta, Javier S. Donate, Screenwriters

Ragnarock (2020) Mogens Hagedorn and Jannik Johansen, Directors, Simen Alsvik, and 22 other Screenwriters

The Witcher (2019 – ) Alik Sakhorov and 7 other Directors, Novels and Screenwriter, Andrzej Sapkowski, and 12 others

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

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Rethinking Prayer

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“Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I grew up going to church every Sunday. That’s one way I learned to pray. Lately I’ve been rethinking my entire belief system and this week I was reminded that maybe I need to relook at how I pray.

On one of Amanda Ellis’ short videos on Instagram this week, she mentioned the horrific toll the virus is having on the Brazilian population. She was reminding us to pray for them and their highest good in that terrible situation. I prayed and then I was thinking, “I don’t pay attention to the news anymore. I still feel so shell shocked from the constant news cycle barrage of the last few years that I don’t want to pay attention anymore.” So, I was unaware of the crisis going on in Brazil and barely conscious of other crises going on in the world. When she asked us to pray for those people so far away, I felt like I had let those people down because I wanted to detach from the drama. I also vowed to pay closer attention to the news so I can be aware of places in the world that need me to gather with others in prayer.

After that morning, I was thinking about how my prayers have changed. I used to pray using words. They were mostly selfish prayers asking for things, or healing for myself, or my family and friends. But as I’ve matured the nature of how and who I pray for has changed.

I read Gregg Braden’s books. He’s a scientist who’s focus is on the link between science and spirituality. His study of ancient spiritual traditions has uncovered a better way to pray. He learned that for prayer to be most effective, it’s best to use our emotions as the vehicle for our prayers. In other words we need to pray from our hearts. Since I learned this, that’s what I’ve been doing. I may use words to state my intention that my prayers go for the highest good of all, but then I just tune into the love in my heart and let the energy flow to the people or situation I’m focusing on.

I know that some people think that sending prayers when there is a crisis is a cop out, but I have found that not to be true. If I can pray and take action, I do. But I don’t always feel spirit guiding me to take physical action. So I pray. I believe that my prayers added to those of millions of others helps miracles happen. They may not happen this instant, but every little bit helps and eventually things will change in those hot spots around the world.

This morning as I was doing my Oprah/Deepak meditation, the centering thought for today was: “I want a ‘yes’ that’s good for everyone”. And it occurred to me that I want that as my centering thought everyday from now on. I want everyone to win, to have a happy, fulfilled life. I can pray for that and maybe eventually it will become a reality.

It is/has taken me lots of years to give up the need to protect myself and truly hope and pray for the good of all people. I forget often and give into despair. Certain people push my buttons and I forget that we’re all here to do something specific, that I can’t see the bigger picture of where humanity is headed. I forget to understand that maybe the people I think of as despicable might be helping humanity grow in some unforeseen way. And I like to turn a blind eye to the fact that I can be just as despicable, hateful, and judgmental as anyone else. I know I’ll get caught up in the drama from time-to-time and forget to pray. But it’s my intention to be honest about my own failings and to become a more mature and effective pray-er. I also have to remember to focus on hope for our future.

I pray that things in your world are going well, but if not, I’ll send prayers for you if you ask.

Welcome to all my new followers. Thank you all for your likes and occasional comments. I appreciate the good energy you send my way. 

Wednesday April 14th, I’ll publish a new episode of Story~Power. I had a fascinating conversation with my former student Scott Hamilton, who is a movie maker and actor here in Southern Arizona. I hope you tune in to your favorite podcast app to listen to our conversation and rate or write a review. Thanks for that in advance.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

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, 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 new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats 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.

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High Holy Days

Daffodils serenading the sun.

“For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.” ~ William Blake

I don’t attend church any longer but early spring is the time of holy holidays and that energy still affects me. 

This year I want to state something that came to me some years back during one of my meditations or contemplations. In the Christian tradition there is the theory, or doctrine that Jesus Christ will appear again one day. There might be similar ideas in other religions. The idea of a Holy Being, or even a king like Arthur, who will come back to help humanity evolve and set things right is a part of lots of myths and legends. 

What I heard in my head during meditation on that day was that the Second Coming wasn’t the coming of the person of Jesus Christ, but rather the awakening of humanity to the Holy Energy within each us; that as humanity turns away from pain and suffering as the accepted reality and turns toward love and joy as reality, we birth that Divine Energy onto the planet.

That sounds really far fetched. It sounds impossible and intellectual. But here’s how it has been playing out for me. 

Years ago I heard Louise Hay talk about a technique she used to heal herself of cancer. She called this technique “the mirror exercise”. She looked into her eyes in a mirror and told herself that she loved herself. She did it every day until she began to really feel and believe it. My reaction at the time was, “Well, that’s nice for her, but I can’t do that.” Just the thought of doing that made me feel resistant.

Yet a few months ago my life had changed and I decided to try the mirror exercise. I wasn’t sure it would work. At first it felt like I was betraying all I’d been taught about how I should see myself. What I was taught was that I should put myself last in all situations. That to live a holy life, I needed to sacrifice myself for others. Over the years of study and work on myself, I realized that’s not true at all. What appears to be sacrifice by some is really those people following their passion. They’re acting from a place of deep love, and that love begins with loving themselves. 

So, I thought, “What the hooey. I’ll give this a shot and see what happens.” Little by little as I looked myself in the eyes in the mirror, I did feel shifts in my feelings about myself. I started to feel lighter and more relaxed. I realized that I don’t have to buy into the whole idea that we’re here to suffer with only sporadic moments of joy. I can have all of my dreams come true because those dreams are the reason I’m here. I’m meant to do the work I love and have a good effect on others as a result. I’m finally fully understanding that each and every person, even the ones who look like they are evil on the outside, have a lovely and precious soul. I have to admit, I fall backwards on that last one often. Then I remember, Oh yeah, their soul is precious and they are fulfilling their purpose.

I have begun to truly embrace the idea that only love is real and everything else is an illusion. And something else that has come to me over and over again throughout the years. I’m a puny human being and can’t possibly understand the vastness of what’s actually going on in the Cosmos and that’s okay. I’m just one star in the heavens. I can’t see the whole picture from my vantage point. I just need to play my part.

One thing has happened since I started my mirror exercises. For the last week or so, I wake up with the song “I Like Life” in my head. It’s from the musical Scrooge (1970) with Albert Finney playing Scrooge. When the song is introduced in the movie, the Ghost of Christmas Present is trying to teach Scooge that if he loves life, life will love him back. Scrooge doesn’t get it, of course, until the end of the story, but what a great song! I have decided that to love life is to love myself.

I hope you have blessed Holy celebrations or at the very least enjoy the change of seasons.

I have a special treat coming on Story~Power on April 28th. I’ll be chatting with Pam Grout one of the many wonderful spiritual teachers of our time. I hope you will take time to listen. The April 14th episode isn’t half bad either. I had a fun, and long conversation with a former student, Scott Hamilton, who is a budding screenwriter and film maker. 

I love doing Story~Power and am looking for more guests to fill out my roster of shows for the year. If you’ve got stories you want to talk about and want to be my guest, use the “Contact” tab to send me a message so we can set up a chat.

Welcome to my new followers and thanks to my old ones. I appreciate your likes, and occasional comments.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden ©2021

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, 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 new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats 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.

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Music Soothes the Soul

Cindy Midgorden is a retired elementary school music teacher.  After 35 years of teaching she has heard, and told, many stories!  Some of her favorite lessons included using classroom instruments to bring storybooks to life.   Life during retirement includes teaching piano lessons to young students as well as being a part of her church’s praise band.  A graduate of the University of Kansas, she is an avid basketball fan.  As a breast cancer survivor, she is learning the sport of Dragonboat Racing and loves to share stories about her escapades with her Dragon sisters.

Cindy lives in Independence, Missouri, with Mark, her husband of 38 years.  They have two grown children, a wonderful daughter in law, and a beautiful new granddaughter.  And, of course, Jerry the cat.  Before Covid life was very busy with many community activities but, since Covid, they are spending more time at home with family and watching movies!  She is also an avid reader, cross stitcher, and jigsaw puzzler.  She is in the process of learning to quilt and loves to hear stories of her grandmothers and how they quilted.

Music Soothes the Soul

Pumpernick’s Delicatessen & Restaurant Chain

Carnival, Music and Lyrics, Bob Merrill, Book, Michael Stewart, Gower Champion, Broadway Director

KU – University of Kansas

Graceland University

Music Therapy

Kansas City Symphony

Independence City Orchestra

Aaron Copland – Composer (1900 – 1990) The Tender Land Opera, (1954)

Stephen Foster – Composer (1826 – 1864)

James Taylor – Singer-songwriter, guitarist, (1948 – Present)

Carrie Underwood – Singer-songwriter (1983 – Present)

Matthew West – Singer-songwriter, Christian Musical Artist (1977 – Present)

Beach Boys American Rock (1961 – Present) album – All Summer Long

Jim Brickman – Pianist, Radio Host (1961 – Present)

Rascal Flatts Country Rock (1999 – Present) 

Sidewalk Prophets American Contemporary Christian (2003 – Present)

Summit Road Christian Band on Facebook

We are Messengers Christian Contemporary Rock (2015 – Present)

Tenth Avenue North Christian Contemporary Rock (2000 – Present)

Steven Curtis Chapman Christian Contemporary Rock (1987 – Present)

Pentatonix (2011 – Present) Albums available on iTunes

The Piano Guys (2010 – Present) Classical Crossover, Orchestral pop, Instrumental Rock, Videos available on YouTube

The Pat Metheny, Guitarist, Pat Metheny Group (1974 – Present) Jazz, jazz fusion, Latin jazz, progressive jazz

Kenny Loggins (1948 -Present) Singer-Songwriter, guitarist Years active (1968 – Present)

John Denver and the Muppets Christmas, (1979) Christmas TV special and album

Hillsong United, Worship music, contemporary Christian, Christian rock, (1998 – Present)

Bruce Hornsby, American Singer-songwriter, pianist, Rock, gospel, heartland rock, jazz, bluegrass, blues rock, years active  (1974 – Present)

Little Fires Everywhere, Novel Celeste Ng, Series, (2020) on Hulu, Lynn Shelton, Nzingha Stewart, Michael Weaver, Directors, Liz Tigelaar, Shannon Houston, Harris Danow, and 4 more, Teleplay, Shannon Houston, Poems

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper, Movie (2009) Nick Cassavetes, Director, Jeremy Leven, Nick Cassavetes, Screenwriters, Also by Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel

Gone With the Wind, Novel Margaret Mitchell, Movie (1939) Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood, Directors, Sidney Howard, Oliver H.P. Garrett, Ben Hecht, and 2 others Screenwriters

Downton Abbey (2010 – 2016) Julian Fellowes, Creator, Brian Percival, and 13 others, Directors, Julian Fellowes, Tina Pepler, Shelagh Stephenson, Screenwriters

Little House on the Prairie series, Novels Laura Ingalls Wilder, TV series, (1974 – 1983) Michael Landon and 9 others, Directors, Blanche Hanalis, Michael Landon, and many other Screenwriters

Caroline: Little House Revisited, Sarah Miller

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home, Mansfield Missouri

Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

Game of Thrones, Novels, George R. R. Martin, (2011 – 2019) David Benioff, Creator, David Nutter, and 18 others, Directors, David Benioff, George R.R. Martin, and 7 others, Teleplay writers 

Love You Forever, Robert Munch

Mortimer, Robert Munch

Those Miller Girls, The Motoring Millers, Does Anybody Care About Lou Emma Miller?, Alberta Wilson Constant

Denise Grover Swank, The Curse Keepers A Roanoke series, Chosen series

Kim Vogel Sawyer – Author

Becoming, Michelle Obama

A Promised Land, Barack Obama

What Should I Read Next At Modern Mrs. Darcy – Podcast with Anne Bogel

Story~Power Episode #18, Virginia Pfau Thompson, “The Wonders of Art and Travel”

Pulitzer Prize Winning Book List

The Hate U Give, (2018) George Tillman Jr., Director,Novel, Angie Thomas, Audrey Wells, Screenwriter

On Golden Pond, (1981) Mark Rydell, Director, Ernest Thompson, Screenwriter

This is Us, (2016 – Present) Dan Fogelman, Creator, Ken Olin and 28 other, Directors, Dan Fogelman, and 38 other Screenwriters

The Shawshank Redemption, (1994) Frank Darabont, Director, Short Story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, Stephen King, Frank Darabont, Screenwriter

The Partridge Family, (1970 – 1974) Bernard Slade, Creator, Richard Kinon and 27 other Directors, Bernard Slade, and 39 other Television Writers

The Brady Bunch, (1969 – 1974) Sherwood Schwartz, Creator, Oscar Rudolph and 25 other Directors, Sherwood Swartz and 49 other Television Writers

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson

Star Wars Saga, George Lucas, Creator

The Trial of the Chicago 7, (2020) Aaron Sorkin, Director, Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriter

SAG Awards, Screen Actor’s Guild, and AFTRA – American Federation of Radio and Television Artists 

Spotlight (2015) Tom McCarthy, Director, Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy, Screenwriters

Selma (2014) Ava DuVernay, Director, Paul Webb, Screenwriter

Forest Gump (1994) Robert Zemeckis, Director, Novel, Winston Groom, Eric Roth, Screenwriter

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

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