Stories surround us,
being conscious and aware,
the gifts in our midst.

“… when you write a poem,
you write it for anybody,
and everybody.”

: Mary Oliver

The Poet Mary Oliver was in conversation
with Krista Tippett.

she continued… 
“It’s a gift. 
It’s a gift to yourself, 
but it’s a gift to anybody 
who has a hunger for it. “

Later, during my conversation
with my friend Kate Hall
for the first episode of
The View From A Shoe  podcast,
Kate mentioned when looking
for inspiration that;
“… stories are all around us”.

With a pause for reflection,
I realised the connection.

That these gifts
are all around us.
In the stories
that surround us.


A word may be spoken
that inspires a thought.
Provoke an idea,
a direction be sought.

They are there in the park,
when you go for a walk.
There with your friends,
when you listen to them talk.

In the traits you’ve inherited,
and the flavours you like.
The paths you may follow,
on your afternoon hike.

In the dynamic flights
of the birds in the sky.
The patterns they make
as they twist when they fly.

The desire to see
with a curious eye.
Appreciate the what,
Wonder about the why.

There to inspire us.
There to uplift.
The stories surround us.
Each one is a gift.


I was pretty chuffed that my friend
Kate agreed to be my first guest
on the podcast…
in which she talks about her journey,
in changing career
towards her passion;
telling stories with pictures.

Kate, a screenwriter and story producer,
shares her thoughts on the connection
between confidence and creativity,
and how we’d love people all the more
if we learned to show our vulnerabilities.

Thank you Kate.

You can listen to the first episode
by clicking on the image below,
or listen via Apple here,
or via Spotify here.

For those with a delicate ear,
there is a swear word in there,
so please be aware.

“What will you do with your one
wild and precious life.”

: Mary Oliver

Heels worth wearing. Stories worth sharing.

Thank you for reading…
and if you feel so inclined,
please share with a friend
who may come to mind.

Have a beautiful night.

Anthony Stoker

from New Letters 16th September, 2020.

Title image by Santtu Perkiö on Unsplash

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