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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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Mar 16, 2017

Listening Equals Learning

Listening equals learning. The statement has a lot to do with how we communicate and learn.

Often when I am interviewing someone about their life story we both discover some delightful and surprising things. Telling your story requires reminiscing. Listening carefully and respectfully helps to create a safe space and that can result in a deeper and more meaningful story.

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Mar 14, 2017

Math Nerds Get Pi in Their Face

Happy Pi Day! Today, 3/14, is known to all math nerds as Pi Day, a holiday of sorts for those who enjoy mathematical formulas.

I was never a math nerd growing up. In fact, I disliked math. But there are people who love the purity of mathematics and who take to it like a duck to water.

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Mar 07, 2017

Life in Parts - Bryan Cranston Memoir

Happy birthday to actor and writer, Bryan Cranston.

He wrote and published his memoir, A Life in Parts, last year. I've almost finished reading it. I love how he put it together with short vignettes about the various "parts" of his life. His book title is a play on the fact that he's a hard working actor, but also that he has had many different experiences that he shares with humor and insight throughout his book.

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Mar 06, 2017

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

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

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