An orphan boy sat on a great stone mending an arrow. And the stone spoke, "Shall I tell you stories?" The boy said, "What are stories?" The stone answered, "All things that happened in the world before this." From that stone came all the stories that people of the Seneca Nation tell one another.
                            - A Seneca Indian Tale

Stories are unique kinds of narratives in that they have, in their basic forms, ends that satisfy some tension generated by their beginnings. They are the only form of language that can fix the hearer's affective orientation to the events, characters, ideas, or whatever, that make it up. Stories, basically, are little tools for orienting our emotions. Having said that, I hope to touch others with my simple prose.

       Rachelle Arlin Credo