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Aug 18, 2014

Doing Life Without Parole

For the most part the stories of people's lives tackled from the motivation of preserving personal history have a self interest, either by the subject of the story or the family members who crave to know more about loved ones.

Today I read about a reporter who is interested in getting the stories of lifers, people convicted of life sentences without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years. I think this can yield an interesting perspective.

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Aug 13, 2014

Helping the Elderly Preserve Memories

Everyone has an older family member who has told them stories of the past. If you grew up listening to grandma’s tales of war and wash days, you may have shut your ears off because you’re more interested in the present. But stories passed down through the generations leave an important legacy for families.

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Aug 12, 2014

Seriously Funny, Robin Williams Was A Manic and Majestic Comic and Actor

I remember watching Robin Williams on cable comedy specials in the 1980's and being amazed at his rapid-fire manic impressions and hilarious, yet cosmic comedy insights. The man was a whirlwind onstage, yet as his career developed we witnessed a nuanced dramatic actor who could certainly be humorous, but also capable of delivering performances of ringing truth.

The news that Williams died of an apparent suicide spread like wildfire yesterday. I want to remember Robin Williams for the laughter he gave us and to also appreciate his acting talent.

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Aug 08, 2014

Self Awareness From a Distance

An article by David Brooks, Introspective or Narcissistic?, states how for many of us we learn more about ourselves when we can see our lives with some distance. This is the gift that life story writing and, in particular, journaling, can give you.

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Aug 04, 2014

Below the Waterline

I live in the desert, so it is unusual for us to get a lot of rain, especially enough to cause flooding. But it can happen, and it did a couple of days ago when a thunderstorm dumped enough water on downtown Albuquerque to flood streets.

Flood waters can be scary and damaging. It can also be exhilarating, as long as you aren't in danger.

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Aug 03, 2014

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, July, 2014

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from July, 2014 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Jul 28, 2014

Writing About Hardship

I've been reflecting this past week about hardship, difficulties and troubles. The life challenges we face, big and small, can often make up the bulk of a memoir or life story. Everything from large issues like abuse, death of loved ones, wars, poverty and diseases to the smaller and more mundane issues like broken appliances, lost car keys or petty arguments can be fertile ground for exploring how we live and, more importantly, how we deal with life on life terms.

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Jul 21, 2014

Nostalgia Can Make You Feel Older and Younger

Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing for something in the past that we associate with happy memories. It can be triggered in various ways, by seeing an old friend, remembering a special date, historic event, seeing an old advertisement, hearing a favorite old song or watching an old TV show or movie.

Isn't it interesting how nostalgia can make you feel both older and younger?

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Jul 14, 2014

Animating Past Interviews of Cultural Icons - Blank on Blank and Storytelling

Over the years there have been many interviews of famous people by journalists. Some of these we've heard, but many are tucked away and could be easily lost if not preserved and presented by someone. Someone, for instance, like Blank on Blank, a multimedia nonprofit with the simple mission of taking unheard oral history interviews and bringing them to life on radio, YouTube and other platforms. This is an interesting way to present storytelling.

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Jul 10, 2014

Meaningful Home Objects

I came across a cowbird (cowbird.com) story yesterday that fit right in with the idea of using common and/or treasured items as prompts for stories. Our lives are full of experiences and some objects help us recall them.

As I look around my home there are many things I see that are important and prompt special feelings and memories. Photographs, artwork, my vast CD collection, the vase gifted to me from my late aunt, and even the coffee maker in the kitchen.

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