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Jul 26, 2016

Live Storytelling Popularity Keeps Growing

The craft of live storytelling is as old as, well, people talking to each other. Much of history has been passed down orally. And someone who can spin a good yarn will almost always have an audience.

Sharing elements of your life story to others in a live talking event is a growing phenomenon.

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Jul 18, 2016

Mentors that Matter

If you are fortunate there have been people in your life who've had a positive influence, perhaps even a life-changing impact. Thank goodness that such people exist!

Stories of You Books is a publishing company looking for short (1000 words) essays about those teachers, coaches, friends, parents or mentors who have been a good role model and inspiration on a person's life. Do you have such a story to share?

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Jul 13, 2016

Liminal Space Puts You on the Threshold of Real Change

There are certain times in our lives when real change can occur. Usually these are times when we are taken out of "business as usual" and we suddenly see things differently. It is as if we have a new pair of glasses, a vision of reality that is clearer, more pristine, than we realized.

People who know a lot more about this than me indicate that this "standing on the threshold of real change" is called being in liminal space.

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Jul 11, 2016

Debut of the Babe

On this date in 1914 one of the greatest baseball players of all time made his Major League debut.

Born George Herman Ruth, but forever immortalized as Babe Ruth, he was a young lad of 19 when he pitched in his first game for the Boston Red Sox.

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Jul 11, 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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Jul 07, 2016

Write, Rest, Revise, Repeat

Doing writing on your life story can be tedious, but obsessing over your writing is not a good idea.Most first and early drafts are not going to be the best writing. That's where revision comes in. And revision comes later, not immediately following a draft. It's important to rest before you revise.

I like to write, rest, revise and then repeat that process. Giving some breathing room between writing and revisions allows you to come back to your writing with "fresh" eyes.

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Jul 06, 2016

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

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

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Jul 06, 2016

Summer Camp Then and Now

I remember going to summer camp. It was something I did every summer, but there were a few times I got to go. Sometimes it was with the Boy Scouts. Other times it was through a youth or church group. It always was an enjoyable experience and once in a while I get nostalgic about the camping, games, horseback riding, swimming, singing around campfires and telling ghost stories.

Apparently there is a growing market for people to revisit the good times of a summer camp experience by going to camp as an adult. These camps offer the nostalgia of a traditional summer camp, but they add some grownup twists.

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Jun 29, 2016

Your Own Personal Biographer

Creating a personal history takes a certain amount of work. There are memories to mine, life experiences to reminisce and reflection on what your life has meant to you and others.

Some people call it memoir, others life story. Or you could consider it your biography. Write it yourself and it is an autobiography. Whatever term you use, the idea of preserving your life in print can be a very good one.

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Jun 23, 2016

OBITS Documentary Celebrates Lives

The New York Times legendary obituary desk has, over the years, churned out an incredible amount of well researched and crafted written obituaries. These obits (as they are known in the industry) are less about death and more about celebrating the lives of the subjects. Many of them are researched for years before the subject actually dies. How do you think they get celebrity obits in the paper so quickly?

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