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May 25, 2015

Dan Curtis on Blogging, Personal History Books and Eating Elephants

Dan Curtis is a kindred spirit. He likes and supports the idea of preserving your life stories. For years he had a terrific blog about personal history and it ended up really helping those who work in the field. Other personal historians, myself included, would often read Dan's various posts and found much inspiration and motivation.

Although Dan retired his successful blog he culled the best material from it and created two new books.

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May 20, 2015

Me at Twenty

39 years ago I was twenty; young, idealistic and exploring my new world of personal independence. I was a college student in 1976, attending the University of Oklahoma, mostly because I really liked it when I visited with my Dad my junior year in High School. The campus was lively. There were pretty girls, good music and it was a major University. Not Ivy League by any stretch, but it was far away from home and that was important to me at the time.

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May 18, 2015

Be Aware! May is Personal History Awareness Month

There is still plenty to celebrate about personal history in this month we like to refer to as Personal History Awareness Month.

This month an excellent post by Sarah White, current President of the Association of Personal Historians, focuses not just on the importance of personal history and life story preservation, she emphasizes the importance of Personal History AWARENESS!

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May 14, 2015

Throwback Thursday - My Son Walks the Graduation Line

Three years ago to the day my son Eric graduated from High School. I wrote about it on this blog and found myself ruminating about the significance of High School graduation. It is special on many levels. By extension, you can consider any graduation an important milestone and ending-leads-to-new-beginning.

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May 13, 2015

William Zinsser Wrote and Lived Well

William Zinsser, a terrific writing instructor and gifted writer, died Tuesday at the age of 92. His book Writing Well has sold over 1.5 million copies and has bee revised a few times (just as any good writing should). I've always enjoyed reading his advice and "hearing" his voice through the written word. Supposedly it took him until his 50's to truly find his voice.

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May 10, 2015

Mom's Best Cooking Isn't Always A Meal

Mom's typically are the family chefs, although many men also enjoy preparing meals. A New York Times article from May 5, A Mother's Cookbook Shares More Than Recipes has the author, Kim Severson, reminiscing about her mom's recipes and old cookbooks.

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May 04, 2015

Your Legacy Smile - New (Free) Book

It was a few years ago when Robb Lucy (Your Legacy Smile) and I first crossed cyber-paths. Robb is another passionate advocate for people sharing their lives and stories. More than that, he wants everyone to have a legacy and to enjoy it now, before you die! His new book, Legacies Aren't Just for Dead People! is out and he's offering a free Kindle version today and tomorrow (May 4 and 5).

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May 04, 2015

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, April, 2015

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from April, 2015 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Apr 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Death as Transition

It has been two years since my Aunt Liz passed away. She was my mom's older sister and she lived an amazing life full of travel and adventure. She was extremely well-read, enjoyed art and culture, and like many people from Boston, unwilling to talk too much about herself. As a result, I didn't get the life story from her that I had hoped for. But she still gave me insight into some family history.

About two years ago on April 29 I was musing about people, particularly my aunt, dying and wondering at the analogy some use about dying, that it is like the passing of a baton.

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Apr 29, 2015

Deliberating on Diversity and Difficulty in Life Stories

One of the good reasons for more people to tell and preserve their life story is how it adds to our understanding of humanity and society.

There can be some amazing revelations that can further our understanding and appreciation of people when we hear the diverse stories of people lives. We need to know more about those who've dealt with difficulty.

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