Is social media our modern day campfire?

That’s the question we ask in this episode of Everyday Wonder. Because we still think there’s plenty of good to be found on social media. We also think there’s plenty of wonder in talking about how stories help us share our lives. We start this episode with our very own resident bon vivant, James Brownell Williams, who started an Instagram account merely to celebrate the beauty of life in New Orleans (well, and because his mother told him to!).

From there, we go way back (we mean way back), to those early cliff dwellers who chipped petroglyphs into the stone and talk about the ancient human desire to communicate our lives with one another. We also talk about curating your own content, the power of personal storytelling and if social media, which 40 percent of the world’s population now uses, isn’t just our modern day campfire.

If you’d to hear some of the wonder that can come from sharing stories around that campfire (vs., you know, throwing  people into it), then please spend twenty minutes with us and find some inspiration for how you can use social media to celebrate your own voice and everyday wonder.


Brett Will Taylor, who has found that, through careful curation, his Facebook feed stays positive…and honest

Renee Peck, who is bemused by the ephemeral aspect of an Instagram story


James Brownell Williams, who is a master at sharing everyday wonder, near and far, on Instagram

The city of New Orleans, where the story is told in myriad ways, but the storylines stay the same


Thomas Walsh

We think in these modern yet angry times, all of us could use a bit more rapture! We hope you’ll listen in, comment and subscribe!


The City of New Orleans, a place that has been showing us the wonder of ritual (with a capital and lower-case “r”) for centuries.


Brett Will Taylor, who thinks life is a ritual

Renee Peck, who started this episode thinking ritual was out of reach; the stuff that shamans and priests, but not podcasting hosting grandmothers, do.


Thomas Walsh

Photo credit: Brett Will Taylor