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The U.S. National Archives (NARA)
has teamed with Google
(the search engine giant) to provide free viewing and downloading of selected
historical video clips. Some of the selections include WWII newsreels
and NASA films. This could become a real boon for historical research
conducted online. I certainly can see where it would benefit many people
who are doing their personal history. You will be able to compare your
story and timeline to other significant events.
| news story from Technology Review here
As reported in the Albuquerque Journal, a project in northern New
Mexico has teamed High School students with seniors. The young and young
at heart are sharing memories and writing poetry together. The program was
initially begun as a project by Pecos High School teacher MaryBeth Britton
for her National Honor Society students. It has been chosen to receive the
2006 College Board Bob Costas Grand for the Teaching of Writing (one of
just six programs in the country so recognized).
MaryBeth Britton had help from Susan Meira, an English teacher at Pojaoque
High School. Now students from both schools participate and get to meet
with residences of Kingston Residence Center, many of them in their eighties.
I see this as an excellent win-win way of sharing memories and creative
Valentine's Day - the holiday of love. Candy, jewelery, dinner
and cards. It's become a very profitable business day for those dealing
in the romance industry. Still, it can also be a great day of memories
and a special time for couples.
For some reason I was reminiscing about those days in elementary school
when we all gave and received little Valentine's cards. Some of them were
downright silly. But it was a chance to socialize and think of others.
Some Valentine's facts (from www.hicards.com/valentine/vfacts.html
United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France and Australia all
celebrate Valentine's Day.
1 billion Valentine cards are sent in the U.S each year.
of all valentines are purchased by women.
receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.
Day and Mother's Day are the biggest holidays for giving flowers.
over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given
on Valentine's Day
Most of us live in a society where the latest news becomes "old hat"
in a matter of days. Sometimes huge events can pass into the background
while those affected (like victims of wars and natural disasters) are
still living through daily struggles to rebuild their lives.
Last night on the Grammy Awards the show closed with an all-star
musical tribute featuring some prominent New Orleans musicians and some
other big name stars. They were bringing home the point about how that
great city has given us some wonderful culture and it needs to be restored
and honored. I agree. Aside from the music and arts, there are many people
with stories to tell from the Gulf Coast and the hurricanes that ravaged
that area. So, if you get a moment, check
out the Hurricane
Digital Memory Bank, a website where you can read and contribute
to the preservation of the stories from Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
Finding a good biography writer can take some work. You want someone professional,
qualified, responsive and experienced - ideally. The field of professional
personal historians who will write your biography is rapidly growing.
More writers are entering this field of work. Some of them might not have
a long history of biography writing, but can be very capable because of
their previous experience in areas like journalism, marketing and genealogy
or family history work.
I've spent some time networking with different biography writers, as well
as developing the Your Life is Your Story services. One of the
writers I respect who has been doing personal history projects/books for
about 15 years is Kate Winters of Biography for Everyone. If you
are interested in exploring her services check out this up