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Nov 18, 2015

Your Memoir in the Context of the Big Picture

My previous post about how our lives and the circles we move in are not isolated from the bigger picture of world events has coincided with another excellent suggestion by The Memoir Network for their November is Memoir Writing Month tips.

Because of social media, the Internet and instant news and communication we know more about what is happening around the world than ever before. When we write stories from our own life experiences it is important to see how they are part of a bigger picture and that's the gist of Denis Ledoux's post about knowing the history of where you live and how it plays a part in your memoir.

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Nov 16, 2015

The World is Bigger Than Your Country

The terrorist attacks on Paris, France this past weekend has again made us aware how precarious our lives can be. We must not cower in fear and we should live each day to the fullest. We never know what can happen.

Your world, my world, our world is bigger than the country we live in. We really recognize this when we travel and experience different cultures.

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Nov 14, 2015

The Memoir Network Upclose - a past highlight site on Your-Life-Your-Story

A past highlight site focusing on the Memoir Network website.

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Nov 14, 2015

Your-Life-Your-Story - Family History Life Story Services

various family history life story services and products to capture your story as an autobiography, memoir, biography or other means.

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Nov 10, 2015

Using Journals Helps Your Memoir Writing

I've kept journals for years. I used to write by hand, but for several years now I've typed my entries into computer documents. I find that reviewing my writing really helps me process my life experiences.

I often need to go back in time and see what I was writing about. My journal entries typically are a stream of conscious record of my feelings and how I am dealing with my life experiences. What I wrote about on those days is more accurate than my sometimes selective memory. The same is true about you.

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Nov 07, 2015

Stories of Hope Struggle to Survive for Refugee Children

There is nothing more precious than the smile of a young child, one who is totally preoccupied with the present and overjoyed at the simple pleasures life can bring. Unfortunately, all too often our world has been a cauldron of heated war and violence and the innocence of children is ripped away.

A poignant New York Times Magazine multimedia documentary of displaced children shows us through the stories of three refugee children (Hana from Syria, Oleg from the Ukraine and the South Sudanese boy, Chuol) what life is like in the struggle to survive when families are forced to flee their homes and seek safety elsewhere.

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Nov 03, 2015

November is Memoir Writing Month

Call it a gimmick or call it an incentive. Either way, making November "Memoir Writing Month" has the goal of getting you to do some significant writing on your memoir.

My friends at The Memoir Network have dedicated a number of resources to help you do memoir writing in November.

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Nov 03, 2015

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

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

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Oct 31, 2015

Fred Sands, Real Estate Mogul, Gave Southern California Hard Rock Opportunity with Radio Legend KNAC

One of the things I find amazing about our lives is how we can intersect and connect with a wide variety of people over the course of a lifetime. In 1987 I took a job in Long Beach, California as a program director for an up-and-coming hard rock radio station. KNAC was a relatively low power FM (3000 watts) trying to compete in the crowded Los Angeles radio market.

Every radio station has an owner. Nowadays most of them are big corporations. In 1986 KNAC was owned by Fred Sands, a king of high end real estate. He was making good money and Gary Price sold him on the idea of the hard rock format.

Fred Sands passed away last week at the age of 77. Even though he moved on from the LA Real Estate scene he always stayed working and involved.

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Oct 25, 2015

The Power of Sports Stories

Whether it is the high school basketball team. playing baseball, recalling the camaraderie of teammates, or running your first marathon, athletics and sports can help shape our life stories. I always think it is a good idea when writing about your life that you pick themes and do some focused writing around how that theme has played a role in your story. Your sports and athletic legacy is a good example of this.

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