At Lawrence event, storyteller will share how to find humor in times of struggle

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Kevin Kling, an Emmy Award-winning storyteller, will give a free talk in Lawrence Thursday about growing from loss, finding humor and maintaining love and connections in times of suffering.

Kling, also a playwright and NPR commentator from Minneapolis, Minnesota, delivers “hilarious, often tender tales about growing up in the Midwest, hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, and eating things before knowing what they are,” according to a news release about the event.

“Like many of us, Kevin is no stranger to adversity, trauma, and loss. He was born with one disabled arm; a midlife motorcycle accident paralyzed the other, and learning how to navigate chronic pain and complex PTSD became a daily feature of his life,” according to the release. “But for Kevin, being able-bodied is always only a temporary condition, and while a broken heart may never be fully repaired, it can heal.”

The event is free to attend and open to the public at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. It is sponsored by Douglas County and the Sunflower Foundation.

Doors will open at 6:30, and behavioral health partners Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, NAMI Douglas County, DCCCA Inc., Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, Kansas Suicide Prevention Headquarters and Peer Support Specialists will be onsite with resource tables, according to the release.

Learn more about Kling on his website,

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