Values storying is...

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

God’s Great Outdoors and Values Storying

God’s Great Outdoors and Values Storying I grew up with free run of most of the 87 mostly wooded acres owned by my family in rural Star, Mississippi. You would think that I would have grown up with a great love and appreciation for the outdoors. While this is very much true, my outdoor love […]

How to Name a Grandmother

How to Name a Grandmother This post about family history questions reminded me of one of my favorite stories that my grandmother told me one time. One day, I thought to ask her why she decided to be known to her grandchildren as Granny rather than a multitude of other choices. Her answer indicated that […]

10 Family History Questions to Ask

10 Family History Questions to Ask I wish I had thought to ask my grandparents more about their lives. They weren’t always old, and they saw the world change in some pretty significant ways. I just didn’t think to ask as much as I wish now that I had. Sometimes, the generation gap–especially when it […]

Surviving Icemegeddon: No Milk During a Storm

Surviving Icemegeddon: No Milk During a Storm Mrs. Right, Big Sister, Older Brother, the Little Fella, and I were that family this week. We ran out of milk during a storm. All weekend frenzied meteorologists armed with coulds and mays and mights and other terms of alarm forecast various and sundry forms of frozen precipitation. […]

Is Your Steering Wheel Hard to Turn?

Is Your Steering Wheel Hard to Turn? I remember clearly the trouble I was having with control about this time 30 years ago. The trouble wasn’t with my ’73 Mercury Comet GT–the steering worked just fine, much better than the brakes. But I digress. No, it was the steering wheel of my life that was […]

Abercrombie Jumps on the Grill

Abercrombie Jumps on the Grill My sisters were terrible at naming animals. They named a cat Kiki – because, you know, cats come when you call, “Ki ki ki ki ki.” We had a dog named Jobo, which my brother and I claimed was short for Joseph Beauregard – maybe that’s why he growled and […]

The Eternal Value of Story

The Eternal Value of Story I’d like to introduce you to a couple of people I have known through the years, both of whom I have recently become reacquainted. I’m free to share their stories, but I had to assign them names because I never really knew theirs. But their stories have changed me and […]

Cigarettes in the Teepee

Cigarettes in the Teepee When I was in seventh grade, I encountered peer pressure suddenly and with very little warning. It all started when I spent one Friday night at a new classmate’s house. Jeff’s dad and my dad had been friends in school, so my parents thought everything would be fine with my spending […]