Saturday, March 31, 2012

have you heard of storycorps?

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans 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 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 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 their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. Hello, fricken LOVE.

I received TWO collections of stories from StoryCorps, edited by Dave Isay (which are now in paperback) and I fell even more in love with their idea and their mission. Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps are the most beautiful oral story collections I have ever heard and each of them has a very powerful message to share.

All There Is is a collection of love stories told by people from around the country. Love found, love lost and love found at last are their central themes...I will cry right now. Mom is just in time for Mother's Day. It is a collection of stories that celebrate the strength and diversity of American mothers and the very special relationship between mother and child. I will cry right now, again.

You can listen to more stories and check out their website at

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