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Home for Dinner by Michael Thompson, Anne K. Fishel

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Telling Stories to Promote Empathy, Self-Esteem, Resilience, and Enjoyment

If good food brings us to the table, it’s often stories that make us linger long after the last piece of pie is gone. Stories are created in many flavors: fairy tales, ghost stories, thrillers, whodunits, tales of heroism, and happily-ever-after romances. But the stories told around real-life dinner tables tend to be of two distinct and special varieties: stories that family members tell about recent events that happened at school or at work and family stories about things that happened sometime in the past, often many decades earlier.

It’s intriguing to think about the fact that, in a given family, thousands of stories are told, yet only a small subset of those get ...

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