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May 22, 2017

Paris Apartment Closed For 70 Years Opened and It's Like a Time Capsule

It was a remarkable discovery when a Paris apartment, locked since 1939, was recently opened. It was like stepping back in time - a time capsule of sorts - and the amazing amount of art inside makes it quite a treasure trove.

The woman who lived in the flat for many years, Mrs. De Florian, had fled to the south of France before World War Two broke out. She never returned and after she died at the age of 91 it was opened to take inventory of her assets.

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May 17, 2017

R.I.P to the APH

A week ago I received a surprising email. It was sent to all the members of the Association of Personal Historians (APH), a not-for-profit trade organization with members around the world, announcing the dissolution of the organization.

This was a shock. But unfortunately a necessary move that the Board of Directors struggled over, but ultimately had to implement.

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May 10, 2017

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, April 2017

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from April, 2017 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Apr 25, 2017

A Publisher's Good Tips About Writing Your Life Story

You might wonder what publishers think about people writing a book about their lives. If you don't already know it, the field of publishing is extremely competitive. Many people dream of writing a best-seller and getting their book into the hands of thousands or millions of people. But the odds are tough.

Henry Quinlan from Omni Publishing Company, like most publishers, will tell you how challenging it is to get published. And he will also tell you that in your first effort you should self-publish. But he also has some good encouraging advice.

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Apr 18, 2017

The First Woman to Run in the Boston Marathon Runs Again

One of the great stories from this year's Boston Marathon was Katherine Switzer at the age of 70 running the marathon 50 years after being the first female to run in the race. It's sad to think that at one time the race didn't allow women runners and in 1967 she had to "sneak" in by using initials in her entry. During the race there was an attempt by the race director to stop her, but other runners intervened and she finished in 4 hours 20 minutes. Running it again this year was a triumph for her and other women runners, all 14,000 of them.

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Apr 12, 2017

Find a Team that Works

Teamwork is a common theme at our workplaces, schools and homes. If people don't work well together it can create a lot of friction and headaches. If you are part of a team striving to reach a goal it takes all the team members collaborating to achieve the goal.

Teamwork applies as well to a personal history project. You can try to do it all yourself. But that is really hard and can be more time consuming and frustrating that it's worth. If you hire a professional to help you preserve your life story you create a team. You are part of the team along with the professionals you hire.

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Apr 12, 2017

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, March 2017

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from March, 2017 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Mar 27, 2017

Why a Personal Historian is a Good Investment

Most people think it is a good idea to preserve the story of your life or family members. It is especially true when you think about those family members who are no longer with us. How many of you would go to great lengths to know what your great grandparents or other ancestors thought about life? What was it really like 100 years ago? Did they have dreams and values that were realized? What about the hardships and tragedies?

In another hundred years will there be people in your family that wish they could pick up the story of your life? Do you have lessons, experiences and values to share?

The answers to these questions can be achieved by preserving personal and family history.

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Mar 20, 2017

World Storytelling Day

Today is World Storytelling Day and is dedicated to the art of oral storytelling. That fits right in with with life story work. Oral storytelling has a rich tradition dating back thousands of years.

Are you a storyteller? Just about anyone can be.You just need a willingness to speak to others about life, traditions, values and what you find important.

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Mar 19, 2017

Chuck Berry Duck Walks into Rock n' Roll Heaven

Another of rock n' roll's pioneers has passed away. The great Chuck Berry, guitarist and a true founding father of rock n' roll, died Saturday at the age of 90.

Chuck Berry influenced countless other rock guitarists, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen among them. His brash self-confidence, songs about teenage rebellion, joyful dance parties and fast cars embodied the spirit of rock. His live performances were exuberant and his characteristic way of squatting low and dancing around the stage with one leg stuck out in front of him became his iconic duck walk.

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