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Ringo Starr Memoir -
September 28, 2013
I find it interesting that as I've been learning more about
books and how to utilize your pictures with your story I
come across a story about Ringo Starr releasing a memoir that utilizes
many of his photographs from his private collection.
(Genesis Publications) was released in June as an interactive e-book
and the hardbook printed version will come out in December. The photos
featured come various stages of Ringo's life, from early childhoood
through the Beatles' days and into later life. One of Ringo's solo hits
was titled "Photograph", so it makes sense to name this memoir and
photo collection by the same title.
According to Ringo Starr these are shots no one else could have and he
is sharing them with the public with modern technology (the e-book
version allows you to zoom in on photographs and listen to audio clips
of Ringo narrating related stories). This is yet another fine way to
tell a story. More about the project at Ringo's official website.
Every picture tells a story and telling your story with pictures from
various stages of your life has become a very popular way to preserve
If you search the Internet for photo books you will discover a number
of options. While I am no expert on these various providers it appears
that there are many affordable and easy-to-use choices. A few options
While I focus mostly on the written narratives in my life story work, I
do believe photographs aptly placed throughout a printed memoir,
autobiography or family history is important. The pictures can
transport you back in time or create an emotional bond to a story.
Spectacular sights, such as a great sunset or breathtaking view, can
inspire and delight. ecently I snapped this picture on an early morning
walk with my dog, Shadow. I love how the sky is painted with the pink,
orange and yellows across clouds bathed in dawn’s early
iPhone actually did an impressive job of capturing this view.
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Family Portrait Recovered in Flood
September 20, 20013
The flooding in Colorado has resulted in the loss of lives or
homes for some. That is a great tragedy, to be sure. But for those who
have survived, there can still be loss, such as treasured possessions.
In light of this, I came upon a remarkable story, thanks to an email
from fellow APH
member, Ruth Elkin.
Evelyn Starner was swept away by the flood waters. But her family has a
portrait that included Evelyn thanks to the quick action of another
woman who rescued it from the muddy waters. The family lost their
mother, but they have this valuable piece of family history. Read about this amazing story.
After Hurricane Sandy many people were faced with trying to restore
storm battered photographs and personal historians sprang into action.
Now similar efforts are underway in Colorado. I found out through yet
another APH member, Mary Danielsen, how photos are being rescued.
Couragent, makers of the Flip-Pal portable scanners, along with members
of the Memory Preservation Coalition, have been establishing photo
rescue centers where families can work to clean, dry and scan their wet
family photos. More information here.
Prepared With Your Getaway Kit
September 16, 2013
The flooding in Boulder, Colorado
and surrounding areas reminds us once again of the need to be ready to
"grab and go" with a kit of essential documents and items that would be
tragic to lose in a natural disaster. In addition to things like
passports, birth certificates and wills just about everyone owns
sentimental items that you would be heartbroken to lose. These can
include things like photographs, especially wedding albums, but could
also include press clippings, jewelry and family heirlooms.
The getaway kit doesn't have to be huge. In fact, it should not be
bigger than something you can quickly grab and go with in times of
emergency (think flood, fires, or other natural disasters). Keep it
where you can readily get at it (hall closet or someplace safe, secure
but easily accessible).
In July of this year Annie Payne's excellent article on this subject (Is Your 'Grab & Go' File Updated and
Ready?) was rerun on the Association
of Personal Historians blog. Give it a read and follow
through on her excellent tips.
to the September 11 Memorial Museum
September 11 Memorial & Museum
will officially open in 2014. But today as we observe the 12th
anniversary of the terrorist attacks that happened on this day in 2001,
I thought you might want to know a bit about this museum.
The museum will be housed underground, below the surface where the twin
towers in New York City once stood. It is sacred ground and so a
fitting place to have a museum and memorial. Already above ground are
11 reflecting pools,
one in each of the footprints where the buildings once stood. I visited
them in July of 2012 and it was a moving experience. Below ground the
museum will house artifacts and will chronicle the history of that
“Every artifact in the museum has a story to tell,”
according to museum director Alice Greenwald. “Whether
pieces of steel structure from the twin towers ... or intimate objects
like a watch worn by a passenger aboard one of the hijacked planes,
artifacts have the power to connect us to history with an unmatched
We live in a post-9/11 world. It's different now; the heightened
awareness of terrorism is a fact of life. Prior to September 11, 2001
most US citizens didn't think about these kind of events happening on
from the New York Daily
gives you more insight into this museum. My opinion is that it is
fitting that visitors will descend stairways below the surfact to visit
this museum and memorial. Original stairways are part of the path and
should put you in the proper reflected mood as you visit, remember and
pay tribute to all those affected by this unfortunate day in history.
September 8, 2013
Today is Grandparents Day
for anyone who is a grandparent I applaud you and thank you for all you
do for both your children and grandchildren. My life is certainly
enhanced now that I am a grandfather. I have two grandchildren, Jacob
and Sophia. They are both young and as any parent of children under
four knows, that can be a lot of responsibility. Helping these young
children is both a service and joy for myself and my wife.
Grandparents can sometimes get funny names. Me-mow, Nana, Po-po. I was
told that my grandson would name me, regardless of what I suggested.
And that's turned out to be true. I am Pawkin to Jacob. I've never
heard any other grandfather with that name and I kind of like the
For more information about Grandparents Day visit this website: grandparentsday.org
and do something grand!
September 3, 2013
this day in 1963 lava lamps first went on sale. Invented by Edward
Craven Walker in England, they became a fixture for the groovy and
psychedelic '60s and really exploded in popularity in the 1970's. I
still think they are cool. And they are still being made and sold.
Check out lavalamp.com
to see various models and learn a bit of history about these lamps of
gooey floating liquid light.
Association of Personal Historians Annual Conference Set for Washington
September 2, 2013
I picked the Labor Day holiday to update you on the annual conference
of teh Association of Personal Historians. This works on two levels.
The 2013 conference will be November 8-13 in Washington D.C. Labor Day
is a National Holiday and Washington in the United States Capital.
Also, in case you are trying to find the type of work that holds great
meaning and is very rewarding on so many levels, you might be
interested in working in the field of personal history. It continues to
grow and there are so many opportunities. If you like to interview
people, have an interest in history and people's stories, love graphic
design, the use of technology and have an interest in preserving life
stories you might be well-suited to the field.
But it does take dedication and hard work. The APH is a great
organization to help aspiring personal historians. Their annual
conferences are a superb way to learn, network and have fun. The 2013
gathering will be held in Washington D.C. The nation's
capital offers a vast array of institutions to visit such as the
Library of Congress, National Archives, various monuments and museums.
You can get more information here.