Welcome to Story Matter

I’m here because I’m passionate about creating stories and sharing them, and I hope that you are too. Stories matter. Whether truth or fiction or somewhere inbetween, each story we ecounter prods our imaginations, broadens our perspectives, and adds another thread to the tapestries that become our own personal stories. Join me as I share stories and all kinds of matter about stories, including the way they influence us.

Circle of Healing

In a month or so, the red brick exterior of the house down the road will no longer peek between the naked walnut tree branches in my back yard. A froth of new buds will emerge, gradually masking it behind a fresh canopy of green leaves. But when I look through my kitchen window, I’ll still know it’s there. And looking out will remind me that for the people who live in that red brick … continued…

Poppies for Peace

Lest we forget. Never again. Those phrases conjure images of poppies and my childhood interpretation of Remembrance Day. November 11 assumed a distinct purpose through my eyes back then: to honour veterans and those who had sacrificed their lives  for our country and to acknowledge that war is awful, people die and suffer terribly, and we must do everything within our power to prevent it from happening again. Somehow the latter part of that message has grown … continued…

Behind the Mask

Today is Orange Shirt Day, a day marking the impact of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, “a day for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.” In honour of this event, I share the story of my encounter with one residential school survivor.   The mask illustrates his story, Isadore Charters tells me. Bold, wide strokes of red paint … continued…

Making it Real

Fiction writers will tell you that one of the best ways to connect readers with a story is through an appealing character, someone they can relate to. That means someone with strengths and weaknesses – someone real – who faces troubling circumstances. When people care about a character, they care about what happens to him or her, and the story becomes important. The same principle applies to real life too. No topic receives as much … continued…

Change Your Brain. Read a book.

An escape into the pages of a book is more than a momentary adventure. What you encounter has the potential to change your brain, whether you are reading fiction or non-fiction. Scientists are proving the emotional and intellectual effects of reading are real. In her New York Times article, Your Brain on Fiction, Annie Murphy Paul writes that research shows fiction can “stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.” Studies indicate … continued…