Once there was a place, and that place drew many people.

Each of those people left a story in that place–

That they made, marked and lived–

Through memory, discovery, work, prayer and play.

Some had the first stories of that place.

And the land shaped their stories, in silence, speech and song.

Some spoke into the new stories of that place

The old stories they brought with them.

Some of the stories changed so completely in the new place

That all that remained of the old were the names

And the faces the people wore through the generations.

Not all the stories can be told together,

But it is worth listening to as many as you can

So that you may understand your own story that much better