I spent a lot of time listening to stories over the holidays. I spent time telling stories, too. As I visited with extended family, we shared the stories of our lives — stories of victory and stories of challenge. Stories of wonder and stories of dismay. Stories of doors opening and stories of hopes dashed.
It seems to be innate, especially in the female gender, to tell stories. Stories are so much more than a recitation of facts. Stories have heroes (Okay, mine have heroines!) and conflict and resolution. Stories evoke an emotional response. Stories are memorable.