The director, Robert Atkinson, has published six books related to the Commons’ activities:

Two methodologies:

 41pwNk7fBbL._AA160_The Life Story Interview (1998), and

 41L8PBf3CwL._AA160_The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual Applications of Autobiography, Life Stories, and

                                                    Personal Mythmaking (1995);

A guidebook on life storytelling as soul-making:

 51EsHRduTjL._AA160_Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story (2012)

His memoir:

 41xa-Jx2KPL._AA160_Remembering 1969: Searching for the Eternal in Changing Times (2008)

A collection of Latino life stories, with David Carey:

51ZtYaKrG9L._AA160_Latino Voices in New England (2009), and 

The autobiography, in collaboration with Babatunde Olatunji:

 516N5849Z7L._AA160_ The Beat of My Drum (2005).

These are all available at 

His personal website is


He has also produced two educational videos:

    • Starting Over: Understanding and Supporting Refugee and Immigrant Experiences, and
    • Gabriel Women: Passamaquoddy Basketmakers.

The videos can be ordered by contacting the Commons.

Additional Resources

This is the start of a list of additional resources designed to assist anyone in writing or better understanding the power of life stories:

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