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Deena uses stories to entertain, teach, and heal. She has been telling in educational, retirement, hospital, and religious communities as well as at public venues for almost forty years. As a writer, poet, storyteller, and enthusiastic oral reader, Deena has created a unique presentation as a storyteller, combining her skills and experiences with her passion for life. As a therapist, she uses stories and visualizations in her private practice, “Life Transitions: Thriving with Illness, Aging, Dying and Loss.” Her focus is now centered on the very young in nursery and day care centers, and elders in retirement communities.
You can find Deena doing special programs at synagogues, encouraging reminiscing and recording histories of the congregations and communities. She has presented at conferences on Judaism in two states. Her repertoire includes personal and collected Jewish stories, folk lore and fables; children’s stories and “folk jokes” that bring laughter to the elders with whom she works; and narrations and original works that heal and create distraction from physical, emotional, and mental discomfort. She uses stories for guided visualization, meditation, and relaxation exercises.
Besides belonging to several story-telling organizations, Deena has served on the Executive Committee of the Healing Story Alliance and participated in the teleconferences; has been heard on WMPG radio's Sunday Morning Simcha in Maine, and at Tellebrations. She has also been interviewed on Maine Public Television Network's Maine Watch: (just over half-way through, near 17.47)http://video.mpbn.net/video/2224357610
Deena has been a student in several Melton (http://meltonschool.org) classes the past two years, learning how to apply the teachings of the Torah to everyday living, has been known to share stories to illustrate the subjects being studied.