Once upon a time...Oh, how those words conjure up tales of delight, romance and mystery. Who among us doesn't recall the beginning of Cinderella or Snow White? Those simple early tales led to more complicated stories of daring-do. We graduated to myths and legends--Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, Molly Pitcher, Paul Revere. As we matured, we explored far horizons, A Wrinkle in Time, Narnia, Hogwarts.
Now we're adults, seeking stories with depth and emotion, tales about men and women who gaze upon their inner souls, who grow and learn as they mature. We yearn for happy endings and sigh in contentment when the characters overcome obstacles and demonstrate their worthiness.
Once upon a time...that's the essence of good story-telling.