Well Bear, Brave Bear

In the summer of 2000, my friend Sheila Kelleher asked me for help with a project. She was working at the Hennepin County Medical Center at the time, and saw firsthand how a lot of young children were terrified of … Continue reading

Creative Data Visualization

As a visually oriented species, we grasp information much more quickly and easily when it’s presented as a picture than when we’re given lists of numbers. That’s why we find bar graphs and pie charts so useful. But often there … Continue reading

Five Ways You Don’t Realize Movies are Controlling Your Brain

Never mind that this article by David Wong was published in Cracked.  It speaks the truth. And it says a lot about storytelling and how stories affect us in ways we’re not aware of. “So there was a mass shooting … Continue reading

Ray Bradbury: We are here to be the witness to the miraculous

Ray Bradbury died yesterday at the age of 91. I read and enjoyed some of his books as a teenager, but the greatest impression he made on me was a few years ago when I heard him speak on the … Continue reading

Storytelling: Three Takes on What Makes a Great Story

Ira Glass (of This American Life) on storytelling. A good story is told in two modes: The anecdote.  One thing following another. Momentum. You feel you’re on a train that has a desgination. It’s raising questions, answering them along the … Continue reading