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By Shannon Penrod
I am a storyteller.  It took me almost half a century to be able to say with conviction that this is truly my calling.  Saying I was a writer never quite covered the entire picture.  In the years that I was an actress and a stand up comic I was never quite comfortable with those labels either.  No title I was given fit like a glove, it always felt as though there was a finger overlooked.  Now I understand that while I wear many hats in my professional life they all fit comfortably under the heading STORYTELLER.  

Currently there are many stories I am telling.  When I write for clients I am telling their story as it relates to their professional lives.  When I write for Moms who want to work from there homes in order to be with their families while still earning a living – I am weaving a story of women who are capable and triumphant despite challenge.  When I speak to Mothers of children with autism, I tell the story of my journey with my son – a tale of hope and recovery. 

I remember being a young girl and my grandmother telling me the story of my great- great- great grandmother who placed her ten children into a wagon after her husband’s death and traveled with them from Arkansas to Wisconsin where the safely settled.  I am sure that I don’t have the details exactly right, but I remember the gist of the story.  Triumph in the face of insurmountable obstacles.  My grandmother hugged me when she was done telling me the story and said, “Now you are the keeper of this story to share and to pass down to your children and grandchildren.”  Being the keeper of the story resonates with me.  It is a role that feels fitting and right. 

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