"People tend to forget that the word 'history' contains the word 'story'." --Ken Burns
The word for the week over my way is: story. As in querying my story, and immersing myself in others' stories in preparation for my next historical fiction book now in the plotting stages.
Story is also a fitting word as we commemorate Memorial Day.
Memorial day was originally set aside as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. From Memorial Day History: "Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery...Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all."
Think of the stories embedded in all the Memorial Days down through history. There wouldn't be enough history books to hold them.
From Wikipedia: "Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not."
More stories, passed on generation to generation. Beautiful stories, sad stories. Courageous stories. Hopeful stories. Stories of endurance, love, adventure, sacrifice. Multiplied over and over again. Story is a word that speaks of humanity, and of living life.
- "You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story." --Anthony de Mello
- "There have been great societies that did not use the wheel,but there have been no societies that did not tell stories." --Ursula K. LeGuin
- "Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact." --Robert McKee
Story happens to be my word. What's your word for the week?
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