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I learned so much about life and history from storytelling at a kitchen table over a plate of cookies and coffee. There is power in, what I call, kitchen table history—informal oral traditions grounded in remembering and knowing where you come from. The holidays, with intermingled generations and traditional food eating and prep, are usually ripe for collective reminiscing and sharing. Think about the histories shared while aunties are together making tamales or potica, or the legends swapped over post-Thanksgiving dinner pies and coffee.
As an eventful, historic, and, to put it mildly, challenging year draws to a close, it’s amazing to see the contributions to preserving and sharing Colorado’s history that have happened over the past months.
Simple cues can trigger powerful memories. It could be the trace smell of baked bread, the muted touch of a wool blanket, seeing the intricate details on a Christmas ornament, tasting a scrumptious dish or hearing the first, chiming notes of a melody. For these four women, a flood of memories started with just three letters: W.A.C.
the disCOurse features writers sharing their lived experiences and their perspectives on the past with an eye toward informing our present. In this poem and accompanying performance, Stephen Brackett explores the knots—and nots—that can entangle us when we attempt to fly.