This week’s field trip was to StoryCorps http://storycorps.org/ a nonprofit site where anyone can produce, upload, and share any storytelling revolving in our lives. As Maguire’s book points out, this site truly displays that “inner” storytelling we have inside.
The first story I heard was “What has happened to the human voice?” http://storycorps.org/listen/studs-terkel/ by Studs Terkel, about his search of a human voice in one of main US airports. His voice, as stated in Maguire book, is a voice that “proceeds from one’s being” (Maguire, 1998, p. 180). I then proceeded to listen “I’m so thankful for everything you’ve done” by Tracy and Sarah Johnson, about a mother and daughter-in-law whose daughter and wife was killed in Afghanistan.
All stories people talk with their heart. They are not only professional storytellers but professionals in life, with moving, touching, real situations that move listener’s emotions. “Just as a personal tale must be true to our selves to ring true to our listeners, so must our storytelling voice be natural—or true to our being—in order to move our listeners in a lasting way” (Maguire, 1998, p. 180).
Every story inspires; storytellers embody their story because they lived it and they want others to learn and benefit from them. It’s not memorization, but I envision them with their eyes closed as they speak and having each scene they narrate briefly displayed in their minds, making it easy just to report what they are actually seeing.
Maguire, J. (1998). The Power of Personal Storytelling. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam.