I love telling stories. I love the feeling it gives me, to be able to make people laugh, smile, cry, and experience the world in a new way.
Telling to people with developmental disabilities is a special kind of a gift for a storyteller, because when I tell to these audiences, I am bringing story to people who rarely get to be "in on" the story. The joy and the connection is extraordinary.
It's a little bit selfish -- how much I love what I do.
So the selfless thing -- the hard thing -- is giving my stories away. I go to day programs and to schools, and I teach the staff how to tell these stories so that they can be told over and over again. I do it because I believe that with repetition, our mission at Touching Stories of creating community and connection through story will be achieved, but I never really understood the power of it until I saw this video:
I saw this for the first time this morning, and it is the first time I have ever seen someone I've trained tell our stories to a real audience. It was breathtaking.
As much as I love being the person who brings stories to audiences, as much as I love having the power to make people laugh, smile, and cry; this is so much more. To watch the work we've done grow and expand in the hands of caring professionals is beyond compare.
Please help us continue to grow our program, to reach more audiences and more of these wonderful professionals by donating to Touching Stories at