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Nov 17, 2014

A Father's Legacy Letter to His 5-Year Old Daughter

I doubt anyone would blame Tom Attwater if he didn't spend much time thinking about the future of other people, considering he has a brain tumor and his lifetime is limited. But don't tell him that. Yes, he has a brain tumor and, yes, it will probably take his life. But his five year-old daughter, Kelli also has cancer and he has been doing all he can to raise funds for her treatment.

He has also done something more, something there is no price tag you can attach to it. He has given his daughter his love and his attention and a voice to come to her for the years ahead. He has written a thoughtful and heartfelt legacy letter laying out his hopes, dreams, thoughts, wisdom and wishes for her in a variety of future life endeavors.

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Nov 09, 2014

25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

There are too many walls built up in life. Too much separation. Humanity grows by uniting in love and life. However, history is fraught with conflict. That's why today is a day for celebration. Twenty-five years ago on November 9, 1985 the Berlin Wall came down.

Have you wondered what became of parts of the concrete wall?

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Nov 05, 2014

Santana Bringing His Story to Light

Yesterday I heard an interview with Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana. The extraordinary guitarist has an amazing story he is sharing with his just released memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.

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Nov 03, 2014

The Ancient Concept of Ethical Will is Getting New Life

I've mentioned the value and importance of Ethical Wills on more than one occasion. It is an ancient concept, this leaving in writing the values that matter most to you. It is an extremely valuable document treasured by loved ones. It dates back to at least Old Testament times for the Hebrew people.

Another article mentioning the importance and growing interest in ethical wills has appeared in the New York Times. In The Ethical Will, an Ancient Concept, is Revamped for the Tech Age by Constance Gustke, we again learn of personal historians encouraging people to create the ethical will.

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Nov 01, 2014

Shadow Play

Here's something that might spark childhood memories. Remember how you used to make shadows on the wall? Perhaps it was with a flashlight in the bedroom and somebody showed you the way to make animal heads with your hand and fingers, such as a rabbit or dog.

Maybe you marveled on a sunny day at your shadow walking before you. Peter Pan thought it was sowed to the soles of his feet. That's probably a metaphor. Our shadow self is certainly part of our soul.

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Nov 01, 2014

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, October, 2014

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from October, 2014 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Oct 29, 2014

The Magic of a Seventh Game

Tonight the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants will decide this year's baseball championship. It is the World Series and the ultimate treat for baseball fans - a seventh game!

The game this evening is in Kansas City and the fans are rabid for a win. The last time KC was in the World Series was 1985 and they won the championship that year. It's been a long dry spell since.There is a certain magic in a seventh game and I'm looking forward to it!

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Oct 20, 2014

Doorway Memory

Do you ever get up to go into another room intent on doing something...and once you are in that room you've completely forgotten why you went in there? Me, too! It happens more than I care to admit.

APH member Jean Sheppard has had this problem and she thought maybe it was just getting older and forgetting things when she discovered that science has been researching this and that there is actually a name for the memory lapses. It's called "the Doorway Effect".

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Oct 15, 2014

Halfway Through Family History Month

Did you know that October is Family History Month? Yes, it is true - and if you are now just getting clued in to this you still have half of the month to do something about it.

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Oct 14, 2014

Focus on Small Things and Build Your Story Around It

One of the challenges of many memoir writers is the "I" trap. Too much "me" in your narrative can make readers tune out. We don't want to sound too self-absorbed, even if the story is our story and mainly about us!

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