One of the great figures in public radio, in my mind, is David Isay; and one of the best things on the radio is his project StoryCorps, whose mission is “to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.” This year, StoryCorps has declared November 28, the day after Thanksgiving, as the first National Day of Listening — encouraging all of us to sit down with the people we know, ask them about their lives, and record those conversations.

You’ll find detailed instructions on their Web site for how to do these interviews and why they are important. As David Isay puts it, “By listening closely to one another, we can help illuminate the true character of this nation, reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be alive.” This project is very much in the spirit of what we do here at Speaking of Faith — so if you give it a try, let us know what happens.

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This is the greatest gift we can give one another. To listen.

Coincidence? I was just thinking of a "digital storytelling" project to put into effect -maybe through local library-and saw this. Listen to stories. and pass on. Greatest gift indeed.

I was inspired to interview some family members during Thanksgiving weekend. Three of them were at home that weekend, and I interviewed them in person. Two others are out of town, and I will interview one by phone on Sunday afternoon; the other I will see next weekend and will interview her in person. I am transcribing the interviews and compiling them in a book and will give each of them a copy for Christmas. Three of these individuals are in their late 20s or early 30s, an interesting, exciting time of their lives. The other two, their parents, are watching their children's lives advance. Rather than discuss the past, I asked each of them about the future. I hope they will enjoy them now and I imagine them coming across the book years from now and enjoying what they said in 2008.

I believe every day should be a National Listening Day, but at least someone or some group has this beautiful idea.

Digital story telling is great but please, do not allow more social isolation. WE HAVE ENOUGH. Sitting around the person (storyteller) listen and sharing with the group is priceless