“I’m a Fabulous Writer. Why Do I Need an Editor?”

This common refrain is heard often in the editing and publishing world. What authors may not know, is that the process of editing is much more than grammar, punctuation, and a spelling check; though those are necessary tasks for any copyeditor or proofreader. Editing is the single most important component of the writing process.Careful andContinue reading ““I’m a Fabulous Writer. Why Do I Need an Editor?””

The Wisdom of Rumi

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful forContinue reading “The Wisdom of Rumi”

And a Fool Shall Lead Them: The Popularity of Fake News Shows and the Battle Between Truth and Truthiness

(This article was originally written in 2008, though it is still relevant today…) For decades, since the advent of television and, even perhaps with the popularity of radio, Americans tuned in to hear the day’s news from highly respected and serious-minded newscasters. This ritual brought the world closer, as from the comfort of their homes,Continue reading “And a Fool Shall Lead Them: The Popularity of Fake News Shows and the Battle Between Truth and Truthiness”

Don Quixote and the Mind’s Incessant Narratives…

When I work with others to “see through” their stories, I am often forced to confront my own narratives as well. It is, after all, due to the lack of true separation between us. But what do I mean about narratives? Narratives are the lifeblood of the mind’s existence. Everyday, every second in fact, storiesContinue reading “Don Quixote and the Mind’s Incessant Narratives…”

Welcome to Beyond the Story!

This blog is called “Beyond the Story.” Beyond what story? Well, everything is story.  The narratives and myths of history, and our many belief systems, are indicative of the ways which human beings communicate within themselves and with others. Symbols and stories are told and experienced in varying degrees of “real.” The stories we tellContinue reading “Welcome to Beyond the Story!”