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Moments: Good Night

Moments: Good Night

Today is a story about family life and the odd, wonderful gifts that come out of the dysfunction. Lee Ann mines the rituals of family and gives us a beautiful ode to love, with music by John Hopkins.

It’s got a little something extra at the end, so enjoy this seven-minute love story that will both delight you and bring a wee smile to your face.


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Stories Are Our Building Blocks

Stories Are Our Building Blocks

What story or stories are you telling yourself right this moment about yourself, your past, your future? What kind of tales are you spinning about others? What myths do you hold about the world and the current state-of-affairs?

Today, Lee Ann looks at story and shares how she switches the script in order to tell better stories about herself and those around her.

From the Episode:


Two Birds (Lee Ann Hopkins)


There are two theologies that arise–

Two birds taking flight

from the clay below.

One rises in song,

One with broken wing.


The poor one pecking its fallen self

as the songbird hears only

the call of God’s whisper:

“Oh you are good–

You, oh lovely creature!”


Divinity offered mirrored

words to the limp:

“Darling, you are holy;

fly my sweet, my innocent!”

To which he finds a worm in the apple.


Then the showers come

and the showers go.

Will they reek destruction or

will there be flowers and a rainbow?

That, my friend, all depends on where your bird’s story begins.



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Moments: The Phone Call

Moments: The Phone Call

A voicemail. A call. A father. And a daughter.

May you find your own story within this short story from Lee Ann.

Here’s one listener’s response “The Phone Call”:

In “The Phone Call”, a 9 minute piece of storytelling art about a father and daughter, we receive the whole world — with its great compassion, great love, and yes, great humor…

Please enjoy…and make our day and subscribe to this podcast. Thank you!

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Moments: 6th-Story Wave

Moments: 6th-Story Wave

A Washington, D.C. story from the 5th and 6th floors on Eye Street…

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