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Bernie maybe and Storycorps

Beautiful beautiful weather – though not really, because it’s May and it feels like July. So what July will be like … Fort McMurray, anyone? Though of course July may be snow, too, who knows these days? Speaking of global warming, I watched Bernie Sanders on Bill Maher last night, and you know, I may make the shift from Hillary, not that I can vote or anything – but he’s amazing, full of energy and speaking such incredible sense. I know, he’s a bit one note and it’s very hard to imagine him as a president, so it’s frightening. I’m still with Hillary. But – imagine if it’s Bernie versus the giant orange blowhole – what a matchup!

The So True reading event tomorrow – exciting as always. We had a rehearsal last week, a chance for the eight readers, especially those who haven’t done this before, to stand up and read their most private stories aloud, get a final edit on the writing and tips on the performance. It gives me such joy to hear their efforts come to fruition – even more so tomorrow, when they’ll go public. Thrilling work. And this time, I’m not going to tell a story, I’m going to read one too, an excerpt from the memoir. Nerve-wracking. I’d much rather not put myself on the line, preferring to watch my students go through that torment. But it’s important that I do.

Happy beautiful too-hot May 28th to you all.

P.S. My students Michelle and Christie sent me a link to something I’d never heard of, and should have, called Storycorps. Fascinating – kind of like what we do, collecting stories, except that these are oral stories and not sculpted in any way. We sculpt.



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