Values storying is...

...passing down values from one generation to the next through the stories we tell and re-tell

From a Writer’s Perspective

With writer and speaker Al Ainsworth

The Star Tree: An Ornamental Story of a Small Town

The Ornamental Story of a Small Town The story of my hometown comes alive every year with the arrival of a new ornament for the tree that I refer to as “The Star Tree.” I don’t call it that because it is decorated with stars, though it is. No, it is because my hometown of […]

Hunter Brandt: Caught in the Middle

Hunter Brandt: Caught in the Middle Have you ever felt caught in the middle? Caught in the middle of two family members who can’t agree with one another? Caught in the middle of your own hopes and dreams and someone else’s expectations of you? Caught in the middle of your own values and those someone […]

Political Slogans Through the Lens of Story

Two Political Races Through the Lens of Story First, I’ll get my political perspective out on the table so you can place me in a box if you so desire. Here goes: I held my nose and voted. I did my civic duty. I wished that this race would have been like last year’s superintendent […]

Wait ’til This Year: An Ode to the 2016 Chicago Cubs

Wait ‘til This Year: An Ode to the 2016 Cubs Hope springs eternal, The baseball sage once wrote, But he knew not of curses, Of Bartman…black cat…goat.   Cub fans held to next year When the Cubbies would be great, But next year turned to next year— Disappointment since ’08.   Miracle Mets and Marlins […]

Thank You, Chicago Cubs!

While this St. Louis Cardinals’ fan freely admits that a Chicago Cubs World Series win would be great for baseball, I confess that my letter of appreciation to those Chicago Cubs is not without ulterior motive. Thank You, Chicago Cubs The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945 on […]

When Baseball Does Not Matter

When Baseball Does Not Matter I have friends who are wholly unconcerned with all things sportsball. Baseball does not matter to them at all, nor does any other sport. They don’t know about the history in the making in Major League Baseball right now. They don’t care about college baseball, high school ball, or youth […]

Inside Stories and a Sense of Community

Inside Stories Inside stories give us a sense of belonging, a language within the multiple of worlds where we each find community, a sense of home. On the way to church on Sunday, I told the Little Fella that I almost texted him during the Cubs-Giants game while I was out of town a couple […]

Baseball Is Getting a Little More Confusing

Baseball Is Getting a Little More Confusing A Coach Dave Season Three Excerpt: “Baseball Is Getting a Little More Confusing” Dean Ford, Gary “Rooster” Hamilton, and their sons joined Rob and me at the Southburg Yankees’ first fall league game. The Southburg Baseball League complex seemed unusually quiet after such a full summer of baseball. […]