Grandpa’s Vineyard of Remembrance

One day as a farmer finished planting his crops, he sat on the back steps to take his boots off before going inside and began to think about his parents and grandparents and all they had done for him growing up. The thought came to him to do something special to honor them. He remembered that his grandmother had always talked about how she would have loved to have had a small vineyard at the back of the yard where she could see it out the kitchen window as she worked at the sink.

The next day he decided to plant six grape vines at the edge of the yard between his house and his fields, so they could be seen out the kitchen window. He planted one in honor of his dad, another in honor of his mom, and four more in honor of his grandparents. In front of each vine he posted a plaque with the names of each parent, one for LeRoi, one for Marge, one for Henry, one for Doris, and one each for Allen and Mary Ellenore.

At Thanksgiving, when all the family gathered together for their traditional holiday celebration, a couple of his grandchildren went out to play in the back yard and noticed the new vines and the plaques beside them. When they went back inside they asked their grandfather, “Grandpa, what are those plants out back and who are LeRoi, Marge, Henry, Doris, Allen, and Mary Ellenore?” “The plants are grape vines” he told them, “I planted one for each of my parents and grandparents.” Continue reading “Grandpa’s Vineyard of Remembrance”

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Ivan Illich, the Austrian philosopher was once asked, ‘What’s the most powerful way to change society?’ He said, ‘Not revolution. Not reformation. Rather, tell the world a story so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths, and becomes the preferred story.’”


Storytelling is at the heart of all I do here at Josiah White’s Quakerdale Foundation. Storytelling was also at the heart of Jesus’ earthly ministry. There are two essential tools I use to create my stories:

  1. Feature, Benefit, and Result, and
  2. Storytelling For Trust, Truth, and Profit

I use Feature, Benefit, Result to help me identify the heart of the story I want to tell. I use Storytelling For Trust, Truth, and Profit to help me craft that story. If you would like to learn how to share your message in a way that “sweeps away the old myths” and replaces them with a preferred future, learn …

How to Become a Great Storyteller

CLICK HERE to sign up for a free training on “Feature, Benefit, Result”

CLICK HERE to register for KEVIN BRINKMANN’s Storytelling training and save 70% (That’s a discount of $62. Offer ends on September 17, 2018. Use discount code “70percentoff”), or watch the trailer first.

Join me in becoming a great storyteller!

Together we can sweep away myths …
and replace them with a PREFERRED FUTURE.

NOTE: KEVIN BRINKMANN is a Josiah White’s Quakerdale Foundation Partner in Philanthropy.
CLICK HERE for a list of all our Partners

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Women’s Conference to Support Quakerdale Family Services

Strength, Truth & Destination
Women’s Conference

Lost Hope? — Lost Faith?
Overcome by Fear?

Feel Lost and Unloved? — Don’t Feel Accepted?

Come hear the story of how one woman faced adversity
and, through it, found purpose in life’s journey.

YOU are NOT alone.

Join other women just like you for an evening
filled with incredible stories, laughter, and dinner.

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Higher Power Quartet to Hold Benefit Concert for Hope4Healing

(Gladbrook, Iowa) Hope4Healing announced today that Higher Power Quartet from Des Moines, Iowa will be performing a benefit concert for Hope4Healing on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM. The event will be hosted by New Hope Christian Church, 3901 S Center Street, Marshalltown. The doors will open for refreshment at 6:30. The concert is free and a free-will offering will be taken during the event. Tickets can be obtained on the day of the concert, but advanced registration is highly recommended. For more details, to reserve your spot, or to make a donation, click below:

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