My Twisted, Not-So-Secret Story

Adoption

I love the Moth Radio Hour on NPR, so I was excited to discover a relatively new storytelling organization in Detroit – The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers. The organization hosts a storytelling event each month, featuring five or six local storytellers. In March, I got to tell my story and it was a lot harder than I expected. I don’t think I’m natural storyteller, and I’ll probably never do it again, but it was a great experience. Check out my 10-minute story on YouTube.

The events are a lot of fun with some very moving and funny stories. If you’re local, please consider attending the next event on April 26!

Four Adoption Stories

Adoption

When I was on LinkedIn a few weeks ago, I stumbled across this site called The Center for Digital Storytelling. The Center says its mission is to “surface authentic voices around the world through group process and participatory media creation. Our programs support people in sharing and bearing witness to stories that lead to learning, action, and positive change.”

I was immediately interested, especially because its home page featured video stories about adoption in honor of National Adoption Month. I watched all four, each capturing a different perspective on adoption. They’re all incredibly moving, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch them too. Then, comment and let me know what you think!

Nowhere Anyhow: A waitress, an adopted daughter, a coffee shop in winter, and her father.

Damon:  A couple, a boy, and Nemo.

Reunion:  A woman, two empty chairs, and the people who will fill them.

Names: A story about the names you’re given, the ones you choose, and the ones you find.