a story that touches

from Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, NM, 2009

For the last few months, I’ve been following the NieNie Dialogues, a blog about Stephanie Nielson and her family.  And I’ve fallen in love.  Not in the weird stalker-like way.  In love like I so admire this woman, her humor, her tenacity, her truthfulness.  She is a woman–and mother–telling her truth every day. 

And boy does she have an extraordinary story to tell. 

You can read this incredible series about her journey from author Jaimee Rose.  For all the talk about storytelling as of late, this one might just be the most poignant for me yet.

And then, check out her daily blog.  I think it’s here that I truly fell in love with Stephanie’s spirit.  The one that lives in each of us.  It reminds me so much of the women I sat with on retreat, released from prison, who were carrying on.  Who were able to still see beauty and humor and truth in the world.  Who were able to find a reason to keep living…and creating a life they could love…even after grueling times. 

I hope you fall in love with her too.  In that boy-I-wish-she-was-my-friend way.  And we all can become NieNie groupies.  Whadya say?

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