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July 02, 2007

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Moultrie Creek

Could you possibly provide some tips for us to facilitate story-telling sessions with our families? Thanks for pointing out the Graves and Pratt sites - they are inspirational!

Larry Lehmer

Story-telling family sessions are good news-bad news situations. The good news is that a group's collective memory is almost always better than any one group member's alone. One good story sparks another and new details emerge, often at a frantic pace. The bad news is that it can be difficult to make certain that each voice is heard and properly identified. The key is to do your homework ahead of time -- know the people, know what areas to cover (or avoid) and keep things on topic, more or less. You don't want to kill the spontaneity, but you don't want to get too far afield, either.

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