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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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Feb 28, 2017

Exhume the Stories - Viola Davis and Personal History

On this final day of February I am thinking about the acceptance speech made by Viola Davis after she won the Oscar (Academy Award) for Actress in a Supporting Role.

Davis is a fiery, passionate and powerful actress and her performance in Fences was great.

One of her signature lines in her speech was the urge to exhume the stories.

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Feb 20, 2017

Your Life in Presidents

Today is the Presidents Day holiday in the United States. Many people consider the President of the United States to be the most powerful leader in the world.

I've been thinking about the perspective that comes with living long enough to note a number of individuals who have held this office. I was born in 1955, so that means Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama and now Trump. Viewing my life through that particular lens of history reveals more than the daily drama we are currently experiencing.

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Feb 16, 2017

Day Without Immigrants

The topic of immigration has been widely discussed over the past year, and then some. The United States is a nation built by immigrants, yet the issue of more immigrants coming into the country sparks an often heated debate.

Today's Day Without Immigrants protest has put a spotlight on many businesses that are run by immigrants.

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Feb 08, 2017

Adolphus Busch's Immigration Story a Budweiser Super Bowl Hit

I saw the excellent Budweiser commercial about Adolphus Busch's journey to America online when it was released a few days before the Super Bowl. Budweiser has spent a lot of money over the years advertising during the Super Bowl and usually the commercials are either comedic or aimed at sentimental stories about dogs and Clydesdales.

This commercial was different. In a well made and edited minute we get the story of immigrant Adolphus Busch and his journey to America in 1857. His dream - to brew beer.

He faces hostility and adversity before eventually meeting and having a drink and handshake with his future business partner, Ebert Anheuser.

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