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Mar 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Long Strange Trip Maker

Today's Throwback Thursday blog post comes from March 20, 2011 when I wrote about how Owsley Stanley, best known as the outlaw chef of primo acid (aka LSD) had passed away.

Owsley was also closely connected with the Grateful Dead. That band has been incredibly influential on a lot of lives and many excited Dead-heads will be in Chicago this July for the Reunion Shows of the four core remaining Grateful Dead members.

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Mar 24, 2015

Spiritual Biographies Can Inspire

If you have ever read a biography, memoir or life story about a saint or a person who has been on a spiritual journey you probably recognize the power of those stories to inspire. This inspiration is a great benefit of any well-told life story that includes how a person has dealt with matters of faith.

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Mar 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Right Time to Tell Your Story

It's that day of the week and time for another of my Throwback Thursday posts. This time I bring you back to a post I wrote this time last year. It was March 10 of 2014 and I reflected on the importance of preserving our stories (an ongoing theme with me), but not waiting too long to do it. This is because someone I'd worked with had just passed away.

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Mar 17, 2015

Your Story is Your Contribution to History

The history we study in schools and see unfolding in media is important. We want to understand the world we live in and how past events have contributed to the shape (for better or worse) that we are in.

But each of us has a personal take on life and it your story that is your contribution to history, both your personal and family history, and its connection to the world at large.

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Mar 15, 2015

Uncle Arnie at Ninety

A couple of days ago my uncle, Arnie Galbraith, turned 90. I wasn't able to travel to attend the celebration, but I understand it was a good one.

Celebrating milestones is part of family history and I hope you get an opportunity to do that. My sister here in Albuquerque teamed with me on a collage book with tribute for Arnie and it was fun to look through pictures and reminisce.

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Mar 11, 2015

Personal Historians Give 20 Reasons (and more) For Writing Your Family History

Count me in the group that strongly encourages people to preserve their personal and family history.

Some members of the APH (Association of Personal Historians) are weighing in on twenty reasons, adding their professional insight.

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Mar 05, 2015

Throwback Thursday - March, 2008 and the Magical Memory Tour

Throwback Thursday has become such a popular thing on social media that I decided to start up a feature of my own. On Thursdays I will now dig back into the archives of my website postings and spotlight something I found interesting "back in the day".

For this posting I found something I wrote about on March 13, 2008. It was about how music jars memories.

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Mar 03, 2015

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

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

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Mar 01, 2015

Leonard Nimoy's Prosperous Garden Life

Upon hearing the news Friday (February 27, 2015) that Leonard Nimoy had died I began contemplating writing a blog post. I'd grown up watching Star Trek.

Nimoy played Spock, the half-human/half-Vulcan enigmatic and logical being with the remarkable eyebrow arch and calm in the face of galactic disaster disposition. But Nimoy was so much more than the actor who played Mr. Spock. He was sensitive, artistic and reflective.

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Feb 27, 2015

Doing Something Everyday that Scares You

A widely circulated quote, usually attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, states that you should do something everyday that scares you. If you are writing a life story or memoir, this is terrific advice. Most of us want to skirt the dark and scary stuff of our past, but you shouldn't.

Confronting the truth of your failures, mistakes, abuse, addictions and dark sides - whatever it is that you might not want to reveal - can often be really important material.

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