Hello there, my name is Susan.

Every day we tell each other stories. And sometimes, we tell stories to ourselves.

Scenescape Media is an online magazine where I’m exploring how stories create connections. Common knowledge and a shared vocabulary enables communication, and lays the foundation for understanding our differences.

Everyone loves stories. From bedtime stories read by parents at night to chatting around the coffee pot at work, we immerse ourselves in narrative on a daily basis. Books, movies, and television have become the touchstones of modern culture. We all recognize “Feel the Force, Luke” and “If you build it, they will come.” These stories have created a secret handshake of sorts, and people from every walk of life gather for conventions that celebrate fandoms from board games to literary and movie genres.

Shared stories help us forget our differences, and remember that no matter your ethnicity, gender, or social status, we know how it feels to love and be loved; we understand the pain of loss and betrayal; we long for the comfort of companionship.

We discover our identity when we create stories about ourselves and our place in the world, and can set us up for success or failure, for joy or anxiety, for fulfillment or frustration.

So you want to know a little bit about me?

I've spent the last 25 years as the mother
of homeschoolers, teaching my kids to be self-motivated, independent learners.
And I practiced what I preached by continuously learning new skills and writing every day.

I started blogging around 2006 about my experiences as a homeschool parent with a simple Wordpress.com website. It was a convenient way for me to share my experiences with other parents. My kids have graduated, but I continue to write about things that interest me.

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