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Aug 30, 2016

Pure Imagination and Comedy with Love Were Gene Wilder's Calling Cards

It has taken me a day to process the death of actor Gene Wilder (83, died on August 28 from complications due to Alzheimer's disease). He was a very talented actor who could show depth in comic or dramatic roles. He also was a notable writer, not just for screenplays, but also a memoir and a couple of novels and a collection of short stories. And as is typical when someone of his stature passes we begin to learn more and appreciate more about them.

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Aug 30, 2016

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Writing Blog

My Life Story blog entries regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Aug 27, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service

There are many fantastic National Parks in the USA. Thanks to the National Park Service, established on August 25, 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson (a process surely inspired by our outdoors loving President Teddy Roosevelt), we can visit and explore sites like Yellowstone with the "Old Faithful" geyser, the Florida Everglades, the Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon, giant sequoias and amazing underground caves, such as those at Carlsbad Caverns here in New Mexico.

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Aug 24, 2016

Born Dead on a Winter's Night Memoir

Rolland Love is a bit of a modern day Mark Twain. He's adventurous and likes to fish and the outdoors. He's been involved in re-enacting the Lewis and Clark expedition. He teaches about life stories. And he spins some very engaging tales.

Now he has released his memoir, Born Dead on a Winter's Night and it is garnering lots of good reviews. If you want to check it out he is currently presenting it a few chapters at a time during August and September.

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Aug 15, 2016

Simone Biles Has a Story of Gold

One of the greatest stories to emerge from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is that of gymnastic dynamo Simone Biles. If you have been following the events you know that she is being called the greatest female gymnast ever. Already she has won three gold medals and has a shot at more. And she is only 19!

But to know her story is to know the real gold.

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Aug 08, 2016

A Golden Anniversary for Beatles Revolver Album

The Beatles are arguably the most influential rock band of all time. Their songwriting and creativity were outstanding in their relatively short recording span of seven years. When they released their seventh album it was clear the group had taken both studio recording and songwriting to a new level. Yes, Rubber Soul set the stage, but 50 years later Revolver is still considered one of the greatest albums ever. Many would say it is the Beatles' best.

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Aug 06, 2016

Gobi, the Ultra Running Dog

This is a tale of a dog unlike any other I've heard. It starts by admiring the amazing physical accomplishments of ultra-marathon runners.

Dion Leonard, a Scottish ultra-marathon runner, was in the middle of running a 155 mile race across the Gobi desert in China. I guess you might not blame him if he started hallucinating. But what he saw was not an illusion. On day two of the race a stray pup ran up alongside him. She stayed with him for a few days and ran over 77 miles! They became fast friends and Leonard pretty much saw this as a sign that the dog and he were meant to be together.

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Aug 04, 2016

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, July, 2016

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from July, 2016 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Jul 31, 2016

You Don't Have to Agree to Listen

Let's face it - as soon as we disagree with someone it becomes really hard to listen. We get defensive, on edge, start blocking out what they are saying and considering our counter response.

We don't have to agree in order to listen. But how do we do that?

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Jul 28, 2016

David Bald Eagle - An Amazing Life by a True American

I learned about a remarkable man who passed away last Friday at the age of 97. This man lived an extraordinary life. Some of his experiences included being a musician, professional baseball player, champion ballroom dancer, rodeo cowboy, movie stunt double, actor, tribal chief and war hero.

The biggest clue in all of that is tribal chief. Here was a real American. This Lakota man, David Bald Eagle, has left quite a legacy and, I think, example for the rest of us.

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