Author Archives: Laura Simms

Another Kind of Presence

AFTERMATH:  The Sorrow of Violence The sorrow of violence seems always to exist side by side with the tenderness of care and generosity. It is as if the harsh sudden reality of atrocity breaks open our innate compassion that gets … Continue reading »

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REVIEW: THE WILD BRIDE

THE WILD BRIDE The Handless Maiden is a controversial fairytale.   It was collected and reconstructed by the Brothers Grimm, and left out of their later collections. It has a disturbing violence and tragic sense of loss that makes it … Continue reading »

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The Natural Choreography of Kindness

While waiting for the New Jersey Transit Train to arrive at Penn Station in Manhattan, I sat  on a bench to think about the sudden death of a friend, to take in how mysterious life is, and how to accept … Continue reading »

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Writing about Love in Winter

The first time I fell in love was at a summer camp in 1965. My mother was increasingly unhappy  ten months after a crippling stroke. She was only 39 years old. Each time I thought of her that summer  I … Continue reading »

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Shopping for Beauty in Brooklyn

This entry was inspired by a conversation on the storytell listserv about childhood shopping memories. A man went in search of beauty. He could not find it anywhere until he was told to visit a woman in a cave on … Continue reading »

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THANKS is GIVING Day

I feel thankful for Giving. To give is ultimate mind protection: if we can give, we have something within of great value and worth that can be offered. The Giving is also the nurturer of joy. To be able to … Continue reading »

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Slaughter and Tears

Often I would walk down the road from the resort we were staying at in Zanzibar, Ras Nungwi, away from the splendid ocean toward the village. Ras Nungwi was a remarkably beautiful and quiet place with small thatched roof cottages … Continue reading »

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VII. THE ARChitecture OF A STORY:
The Truth Revealed

Part VII The only one who knows where the heart is kept is the Giant. The only one who knows how to get there is the Wolf. The one who travels there and retrieves the heart is the Prince. He … Continue reading »

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VI. THE ARChitecture OF A STORY:
At the Door of the Heart of the Story

PART VI “During the years we worked together she rarely talked about her own life for more than a few minutes without breaking off to tell such a story (traditional narrative). When she returned to her own personal experience, she … Continue reading »

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V. THE ARChitecture OF A STORY:
A Wild Ride

PART V In the face of the too close to home tragedy of the shootings in Aurora, Colorado and the increasing violence in the Middle East and in so many other places in our world, I am offering these fragments … Continue reading »

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