Author Archives: Laura Simms

THE WISDOM OF (NOT) SPEAKING

Knowing when to speak and when not to speak is a practice of patience and loving kindness to oneself and others. Here is a tale based on a West African story from Nigeria… I have always loved this tale since … Continue reading »

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A HARVEST OF SORROW – The storyteller as healer

The Journey of the Healer as Teller of Tales is complex: As a storyteller I have learned that to tell a story and lead others through it with a depth of intimacy and distance (simoultaneously) I need to have lived … Continue reading »

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The Story’s Revelation: Filling space with joy

Rummaging through old journals I find stories.   This Ethiopian tale was tucked into a group of stories I found doing research for a program  last year.  I never wrote down the source. For that I apologize. But it exemplifies … Continue reading »

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Fieldnote #1 Telling Young Children

This is the first post of a special series, STORYTELLER IN THE FIELD, exploring the actual telling of stories. Storytelling in Hoboken, New Jersey at an exceptional community program called HOPES. (Please visit their website [http://www.hopes.org/Youth-Services.html] to regain faith in … Continue reading »

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THE TIME OF MELTING ICEBERGS

THE TIME OF MISSING PLANES. Can something so large disappear from radar screens? We have measured and documented the world. Still there is a space of mystery and unforeseen consequences. Territories not recognized. It reminds me that when a wind … Continue reading »

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THE SPACE BETWEEN IS WHERE PEACE HAPPENS

ASSUMPTIONS create havoc. They destroy relationships. They ignore the space between speaking and hearing , where everything travels and is alive with energy and feeling. Inquiry before accusation opens territory for dialogue and deeper relationships. It is a pause button … Continue reading »

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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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