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It's time for a new story
I’m not here to convince people of my perspective. I trust you’re on your path. And I don’t have the energy or arguing skills to try to get you to see things my way.
I write to find my way. For more than thirty years I’ve been coming to the page to find out what I think, what I feel, and how to move forward. For decades that looked like private journaling and poetry, which I occasionally shared with loved ones.
I believe we all belong here. On this planet. To this life. To each other.
And I want stories that are big enough to hold us all.
I share what I write because we’re in this together. These days my writing practice has public expression as this newsletter/blog and my work in messaging—both of which are conversations with others who are finding their way. My life has been profoundly changed by encounters with people who found words for the things I couldn’t name yet and it’s an incredible gift to get to be that for someone else.
Who the new story is for
You. If you’re comfortable with the world as it is you’re totally welcome to stick around but this probably is not the place for you. The New Story is for those who yearn for something more and different than the life you currently find yourself in, in a world shaped by stories and systems of separation and scarcity.
Riya. Most essentially, The New Story is for my daughter Riya Madrone and my nieces Anna and Brooke. Each of us inherit a load of harmful conditioning, intergenerational trauma, false narratives, and toxic theology that those before us weren’t able or willing to face. The next generation deserves better. They deserve to thrive. And they need all the support we can give them to face what is on their plate. What I share here is part of my inner and outer work of doing what I can to clear the trail for them.
Me. I believe our longing for something more whole is evidence that we’re capable of it. That’s what I’m here to explore. Also, it’s healing to find my voice and speak truth as I see it. The New Story is the evolutionary process of writing my way toward the new story I feel rising and sense our culture needs. I talk more about this here.
Us. Like it or not, we’re in this together. I believe we all belong here. On this planet. To this life. To each other. And I want stories that are big enough to hold us all.
I believe our longing for something more whole is evidence that
we’re capable of it. That’s what I’m here to explore.
It becomes possible together
Gratitude. I want to thank my partner Alan Starner, my mentor Ro Marlen, and all of my wise, brave friends who are traveling their own healing path and walking with me in this life. I wouldn’t be where I am without you and I’m so glad we’re doing this being human thing together.
A note about poetry 🎶
Some of the pieces here at The New Story are poems. Poetry is a form of storytelling that makes words dance and turns language into music. I love poetry and I share it in two formats here at The New Story because I want you to have the full experience…
Poetry is potent. It wastes no words. It’s succinct. Efficient. Which is part of its power.
Poetry is beautiful. It turns our clunky language into graceful art by making it dance.
Poetry is transformative. It has a magical way of turning our attention to the beauty and wonder of life, including the gift that lies at the center of a painful experience. For me, writing poetry is an act of alchemy.
Poetry is a song. It believe it’s meant to be heard with the ear as well as read on the page. That’s why I read my poems aloud for you. I highly recommend you click on the audio or video file to receive the full experience of the spoken poem.
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