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Sep 26, 2016

Talk of a Lifetime - Part Three

Where might you have the Talk of a Lifetime?

It should be someplace where you can be clearly heard, not interrupted and private enough to talk about important matters of the heart. So a crowded restaurant or a loud sporting event may not work out. I think sitting on the bank of a river or by a quiet lake, on the backporch or in the den with a glass of your favorite beverage might be more conducive.

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Sep 26, 2016

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Writing Blog

My Life Story blog entries regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Sep 20, 2016

Talk of a Lifetime - Part Two

When you have an important talk about your life with someone you care about, one of your children for instance, it is important to set the stage. You can't really barge into it; at least you should not.

How do you bring up the subject of the most important matters and lessons of your life? Just how do you open the door to having the Talk of a Lifetime?

It's not easy, at least in my experience. I think it really helps to have a good relationship with the person you are getting the life story or experiences from.

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Sep 19, 2016

Talk of a Lifetime - Part One

Have the Talk of a Lifetime is a national, grassroots public awareness initiative developed by the Funeral and Memorial Information Council, or FAMIC. Funeral professionals certainly know that when families plan a meaningful funeral that reflects the unique life of their loved one, they take an important step in the journey toward healing after the death of a loved one.

Personal Historians like myself understand the importance of having real talks with family members to share value, life lessons, heal hurts and pass on wisdom and interesting stories about your family history.

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Sep 11, 2016

Grand Towers - Remembering 9/11 and Honoring Grand Parents

The convergence this year of 9/11 and Grandparents Day is a mixed blessing. The special bond between grandparents and grandchildren is something I can't adequately explain, only experience. The same is true of the memories of 9/11. A lot of pain and anguish swirled about us in the aftermath, but also we saw great acts of compassion and heroism. Such is the mystery of good confronting evil.

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Sep 08, 2016

50 Years Ago Star Trek Launched and Boldly Went Where No Show Had Gone Before

Stardate September 8, 1996 and a new television show debuted. Star Trek was different that most TV shows at the time. When you watch those original episodes now the special effects seem hokey, and maybe you feel the same about some of the dialog. But at the time the scripts were smart and challenging and the cast was mult-ethnic (multi-species?) and you can count me as a Trekkie that loved it.

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Sep 05, 2016

Personal Memoirist Makes Front Page News

Last year the Association of Personal Historians turned 20. I've been a member of this organization since 2003 and have both watched it grow and benefited from the skills and knowledge shared among this fine group of varied professionals who work to preserve life stories. This past week a founder of APH and a few other members were featured on the front page of the New York Times, Have a Story to Tell? Your Personal Memoirist is Here.

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Sep 05, 2016

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, August, 2016

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from August, 2016 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Aug 30, 2016

Pure Imagination and Comedy with Love Were Gene Wilder's Calling Cards

It has taken me a day to process the death of actor Gene Wilder (83, died on August 28 from complications due to Alzheimer's disease). He was a very talented actor who could show depth in comic or dramatic roles. He also was a notable writer, not just for screenplays, but also a memoir and a couple of novels and a collection of short stories. And as is typical when someone of his stature passes we begin to learn more and appreciate more about them.

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Aug 27, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service

There are many fantastic National Parks in the USA. Thanks to the National Park Service, established on August 25, 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson (a process surely inspired by our outdoors loving President Teddy Roosevelt), we can visit and explore sites like Yellowstone with the "Old Faithful" geyser, the Florida Everglades, the Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon, giant sequoias and amazing underground caves, such as those at Carlsbad Caverns here in New Mexico.

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