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Dear Krista,

I'm going to do my best, but I feel I hardly have the words to express to you how inspired and emotionally stirred I was by your show: "Listening Generously" with Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen. The entire program exuded a sacred softness, a gentle and loving view of our lives at this moment in time, and everything that is possible for the human race to become.

Since the beginning of my life, my archetypal "storyteller" has been active, fully engaged and (thank God) employed most of the time. But more than ever before, I see clearly how the theme of "story" continues running through me. Whether mine or someone else's, it is the same. To tell our own stories, we are both giving and recieving. To listen generously, we are both giving and recieving. It's the ultimate ying yang-middle ground experience when it comes to relationship, community, compassion, world peace.

The analogy is just coming to me now as I write this, that a story is like a jewelry box: an encasement that carries and cushions something as valuable as the wisdom held within each narrative.
Or, if I'm going to be less superficial with my metaphor: stories are shells holding life... holding truth. And they keep SAVING my life. Again and again and again. When the shell is tapped and opened, I recognize that truth of human experience, and am comforted that I am not alone. I think that "sharing our stories" is the act of reminding ourselves of our own wholeness, our own "okay-ness", our own perfection right now.

But back to you. I love Speaking of Faith, and I think you are so very good at what you do. Please forgive my redundancy, but this particular show, "Listening Generously" was crystaline in its wholeness. Of course, listening to Dr. Remen slowed and then stopped my mind, and for 51 minutes and 9 seconds, I was just sitting, feeling my heart, and listening to the words and stories, and the gaps between those words and stories. I could feel your profound presence during the conversation, your own joy in the experience. Each movement of music, every production value, and such an authentic human connection came together to create one heartbreakingly divine moment in radio.

Thanks for giving what you give, and thanks for listening generously,


Walker Vreeland
Host, 'BAZ IN THE MORNING, 102.5 WBAZ-FM/Production Manager
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"Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."

-Mark Twain