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February 26, 2010

Complimentary Buffet 6:30
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Program 7:15

Macalester Board Room

Macalester College is at the intersection of Snelling Ave. and Grand Ave. in Saint Paul.


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February 26, 2010 - Presentation

Bill Yueill

Hidden Stories Wanting To Be Found.

The February Program has been changed. This month we present Hidden Stories Wanting To Be Found. This is not a report from dusty libraries around the world, but stories all of us have in our small libraries. Why does Bill use the adjective “hidden?” Perhaps because it is the meanings which are there awaiting our uncovering. What kinds of stories? Folk stories, some Biblical stories. Poet Robert Bly contends that these stories have stayed in our cultural heritage because of the rich meanings they contain, their large storage capacity of fundamental human wisdom.

Bill contends that the evidence of this is the readiness of people to comment and discuss the details of stories. It is not usual in the course of our gatherings to open this treasury of wisdom. So we will have an unusual gathering to do exactly that.

Our presenter for this month is Rev. William Yueill. Bill is a retired and faithful Presbyterian Minister whose reputation for parish work is unblemished. He is known as a story teller who loves children, dogs, dancing and other crafts and has taught at a university level. Bill is one of the founding members of the Creative Arts Festival, and a board member of The Institute.
Bill and Lynn have three children and eight grandchildren who put to test their fidelity, patience and love. They are acquitted nobly!

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Director's Notes:
R. Alan James

We are a culture which prides itself in being multi-tasking, mullti-faceted, multi-cultural and multi-everything. And so we are. We live with one foot hard on the throttle, and another on the brakes (both figuratively and literally - watch the brake lights in traffic.) Yet, there are uncanny small details in our human narratives which we gloss over or ignore. Perhaps some of these stories seem so strange is because they are intended to be so; to stop our attention from the usual taken for granted. Sometimes, that is where the gold is hidden: in the details. It will be a good evening of kicking the gems on the footpath or putting acid to the ores in those narratives to discover the meanings. The programs should be rich for people of all ages.