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The Losses and the Laughter We Grow Into

I love a good story.  Even more, I love telling good stories.  I have always believed that we are very social beings – it is an aspect that is at the very centre of who we are.

This week, we rejoin Krista Tippett as she interviews Kevin Kling, poet and story-teller.  As described on the On Being Website, “Kevin Kling has his own special angle on life’s humor and its ruptures. He was born with a birth defect — his left arm disabled and much shorter than his right. Then, in his early 40s, a motorcycle accident nearly killed him and paralyzed his healthy right arm. Being able-bodied, Kevin Kling helpfully points out, is always only a temporary condition. We take in his wisdom on the losses we’re born with and the losses we grow into, and on why we turn these things into stories.”

Kevin’s sense of humor reminds us that survival is often about perspective.  As Kling says so wonderfully, “when you’re laughing at something, it cannot control you.”

DOWNLOAD:  THE LOSSES AND THE LAUGHTER WE GROW INTO  (50 minutes)

Credits: Tippett, Krista. “The Losses and the Laughter We Grow Into.” On BeingAmerican Public Media.  March 15, 2012. 

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