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Sep 16, 2014
Going the Distance
Going the distance, be that a long distance run or accomplishing any goal in life, is important to me. I know from my own experience that the times I've wanted to quit or give up, yet persevered, have been some of the best learning situations.
Sep 11, 2014
Dog Days of 9/11
Every year on the anniversary of 9/11 I am in a reflective mood. Of course, I am not alone, as all of us who remember the horror of that day of terrorist attacks can't help but recall where we were when we saw or heard the events that unfolded on that morning.
Sep 09, 2014
I have continued to think about how important having a sense of humor can be, both in life and in our life stories. The recent death of yet another celebrity, Joan Rivers, certainly keeps this top of mind. Joan was fearless when it came to comedy; no subject was off limits. Her brash approach could offend, but she also found truth in the "brass tacks".
Sep 03, 2014
Humor in a story can help in a number of ways. For one thing, it can create common ground. We’ve all had suffering. But don't we all enjoy a good joke or a funny antidote?
Sep 01, 2014
Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, August, 2014
An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from August, 2014 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.
Aug 25, 2014
Flights of Fancy Storytelling
Hiring a personal historian can be a significant investment. But can you put a price tag on your own family story? Many people think of it as priceless.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everybody has a story to tell!