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Family Stories

Select a family story that has been told repeatedly.

1. Write down who the “characters” are. Give us a sense of these people by telling us how they are related (friends, brothers, strangers etc.) and interesting details about each (something odd about how they look or a weird habit they have).

2. List the events that happened.

3. Describe the place. Tell us where things happened. What it looked, smelled, tasted, sounded and felt like to be there. What was the weather like?

When doing 1-3, include information that you recall, got from other family stories, have seen in pictures or any other source. Try to pull in as much as possible.

Write the story from the first person and then the third person. Use different people for the two versions of the story.

Now make sure that you include the details you wrote about the characters, events and place. Use these details even if they are not included when your family normally tells the story. Think about the things that the family assumes you already know and make sure you include those as well.

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I am Myself I am a Wife Blessed with love I am a Mother Endowed with divinity Through the power of creation I am a Daughter Brought into this world With unending hope And the promise of the future I am a Sister Made fierce and strong While forged with kindness Protector and protected Spiraling together forever I am a Nurse Holding out the hands of healing And offering the sick comfort And the dying love Knowing that through this All things are healed and made whole I am a Writer Creating myself and world Sharing the inner depths of humanity Bringing together the divine And the humble mortal I tell the story of the Goddess And am remembered forever

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