By Regie Routman

I first became aware of the power of storytelling through my grandmother.

Although she never got beyond a sixth grade education, she had a gift for regaling me with fascinating stories about her life – growing up in a crowded apartment as one of seven sisters, choosing to marry for money instead of love only to lose that financial stability during the Great Depression, using her creative talents to design and make hats and jewelry as a way to support herself well into her 80’s.

These stories and others captivated me as a teenager; she was not just my beloved grandmother; she was storyteller extraordinaire!

There was also the large cardboard box of her written stories, mostly jottings on scraps of paper, that she secreted away in a bedroom closet and would take down to share with me whenever I visited…



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