Saturday, July 24, 2004

Story Medicine

My friend Ron Stone, died before he got a chance to tell his stories. I grieved for that mostly at his funeral. This quote from Barry Lopez's "From the Crow and the Weasel" always reminds me of Ron, and to get my own story telling ass in gear:

"The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them.

If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other's memory.

That is how people care for themselves."

Ron understood that.