Listening is an Act of Love…

listeningfullview Whilst trying to jot down today’s “must do” list, I also had half an eye on my FB news.  Something grabbed my attention that I would love to share with you.

StoryCorps is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  What’s Story Corps?  I’m glad you asked.

On StoryCorps’ about page I found this:

About Us

“StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.

In the coming years we will build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.”

listening closeup To me and millions of my fellow listeners it’s an opportunity to cry on Friday mornings, but in a good way.

I love listening and I even own one of their books, Listening is an Act of Love which I took great pleasure in reading and plan to share with Avery this year.  I’ll probably buy their new book Ties that Bind too, but nothing compares to actually hearing these people’s voices.  Just regular everyday people we pass on the street, sharing their stories in a back and forth conversation.  Stories from The Great Depression, Nazi Germany, 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina to being present when their mother passed away, the grief after a daughter was murdered during a home invasion and a story of a teacher who changed a man’s perspective with a very small gift are intermingled with many other stories of heroism, anger, love and loyalty.

I know a lot of you are thinking, “April is lots of things, but sentimental isn’t one of them.”  That’s true to a great extent, but this is one of my sentimental indulgences like watching Beaches or The Notebook or Marley and Me.

I’ve put recording a story with someone at StoryCorps on my bucket list.  I can’t decide who I would want to record with, probably my mom, but oh how I wish I had been able to do this with my Aunt Beverly before she passed.  I know a lot of her stories, but to be able to hear her voice telling them again would be pure bliss.   Gulp.  Sniff.  Sniff.  Anyway…they travel from city to city facilitating and recording these moving stories, and someday I hope they will be close enough for me to be part of this wonderful project.

Until then I’ll just keep listening.  It is worth your time to listen too, and you don’t have to wait until Friday mornings.  You can go to StoryCorps.org anytime for a listen.  Just try not to do it in public…or without Kleenex…or at least a bag of Oreos.

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7 Responses to Listening is an Act of Love…

  1. Gary Kerr February 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Great listening skills make a person more skilled, competent and capable in his job. The more person can grab information out of his listening, the more wise and successful he will at his workplace. Great post. Enjoyed reading it.

  2. Gary Kerr February 7, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    I really liked this one. This was so inspirational. Thanking you for showing this and developing such and inspiring work.

  3. Hausfrau December 4, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    So glad to have found your blog–via a flea-market-related comment at Design Eur Life! Hope you’ll be back around here soon.

    • April December 5, 2013 at 11:17 am #

      Thanks. I am opening a business right now, and it is sooo much work. If only my day had about 4 more hours in it. Your blog is lovely. I miss living in Nanzdietschweiler. Your pictures brought back some really good memories for me.

  4. Mom October 22, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Oh my goodness, this is a wonderful keepsake. to have. First of all to be considered to have a recording of my voice is a honor, and second you are so right about hearing their story to listen to every once in a while. I know they ones who have preceded us cannot hear us, but I talk to Dad a lot. Everytime I say “bunk” I can hear his voice. With all that is going on with Mother lately, I tell him. “:Dad she is still here and I am trying to do what you asked of me,……..to take care of her:” Everyone should do this with someone whose has that little special place in your heart and brought smiles to your lips. What a wonderful idea.

    • April October 22, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      But did you listen to any of the stories at the site? They are short, but very moving. I wish I had grandpa’s laugh recorded also.

  5. Mom October 22, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    Oh my goodness. What a wonderful idea. You are so right though about doing this., If I could have Dad’s voice and hear his thoughts on something again would be priceless. I still hear him when he used to say “bunk”. In fact when I say that response to something I automatically think of him. His stories were priceless. Hold on to the good stories of life April. Always remember Granny’s rolls, peach cobbler and her homemade biscuits. Pick good thoughts. That person who put that smile on your lips will be gone much sooner than you wish.

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