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Stories are Frames


[by Sheri; see on Flickr

Yesterday I chose my One Word: Story. Everyone has a story.

Today, I discovered my friend Helen DeWaard’s One Word: Frames. Frames structure our ideas– they can limit us, support us, or enrich us. Our frames structure our stories and frame our vision of the world. Here’s what Helen reminds us:

Frames can help or hinder, depending on how firmly or transparent they are created. Frames can provide a focus or eliminate the unessential. Images are framed by photographers but it’s how I frame the image that also determines what I see. Books are framed by authors but my framework structures what I read into the text. Frames are self imposed barriers or beneficial springboards for new explorations. Being aware of how frames encompass or expand my perspectives, ideas, next steps, forward motions can either lead to closing doors/windows or moving beyond the frames I see. So, this year, I’ll use FRAMES to change my viewpoint, narrow or open up my perspectives, structure my thinking and teaching. I’ll look at FRAMES for what they can do – open opportunities, open views, connect to new spaces and support where structure is needed. I’m FRAMING my framework already.

Helen DeWaard: My Frames are Changing

Thank you, Helen, for your wise words.

Helen’s ideas helped me frame my focus on story. Understanding these frames of our lives, the ideas and moments that build our story, helps us understand ourselves. Listening to others’ stories helps us understand their frame of reference. We need these to build our world together again.

Yesterday I also enjoyed the movie, Pirates of Somalia — a story lived and written by the Canadian journalist Jay Bahadur. The movie reframes our understanding of the people of Somalia. I won’t spoil it — be sure to read the end and the credits to see how an understanding of a story, and the structure, the frames, that built it can change how we as humans can interact in better ways. Humans, and countries.

We’re in this story of humanity together; wouldn’t it be better to work together? I’ve got to step back and look at my own frames, my own stories, as well as understand the stories of others.

What story has changed your mind recently?



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Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
Art from the Heart

2 thoughts on “Stories are Frames Leave a comment

  1. Thanks for connecting our #OneWord choices. It’s so true about how stories frame our lives. I enjoy reading a lot of fiction (mystery, detective, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.) and every story has an unseen frame that holds the story line and sequence. Also interesting is that we don’t need to see the frame to enjoy the story but when we look at the frame (with the help of book clubs, book studies, author’s notes) our view of the story can shift and clarify. I have even used storyboard frames as a way to scaffold a story I’m writing. The more I think about this word and see how others are connecting to it, the more it opens my frame of reference.
    Love learning with you!

    • Yes, Helen — our frames of reference can limit us, so focusing on them can help us open up. Great #oneword ! Your word and mine will help us both become more open. Thanks writing about your word so I could tag along 🙂

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