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Jul 28, 2014

Writing About Hardship

I've been reflecting this past week about hardship, difficulties and troubles. The life challenges we face, big and small, can often make up the bulk of a memoir or life story. Everything from large issues like abuse, death of loved ones, wars, poverty and diseases to the smaller and more mundane issues like broken appliances, lost car keys or petty arguments can be fertile ground for exploring how we live and, more importantly, how we deal with life on life terms.

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Jul 21, 2014

Nostalgia Can Make You Feel Older and Younger

Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing for something in the past that we associate with happy memories. It can be triggered in various ways, by seeing an old friend, remembering a special date, historic event, seeing an old advertisement, hearing a favorite old song or watching an old TV show or movie.

Isn't it interesting how nostalgia can make you feel both older and younger?

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Jul 14, 2014

Animating Past Interviews of Cultural Icons - Blank on Blank and Storytelling

Over the years there have been many interviews of famous people by journalists. Some of these we've heard, but many are tucked away and could be easily lost if not preserved and presented by someone. Someone, for instance, like Blank on Blank, a multimedia nonprofit with the simple mission of taking unheard oral history interviews and bringing them to life on radio, YouTube and other platforms. This is an interesting way to present storytelling.

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Jul 10, 2014

Meaningful Home Objects

I came across a cowbird ( story yesterday that fit right in with the idea of using common and/or treasured items as prompts for stories. Our lives are full of experiences and some objects help us recall them.

As I look around my home there are many things I see that are important and prompt special feelings and memories. Photographs, artwork, my vast CD collection, the vase gifted to me from my late aunt, and even the coffee maker in the kitchen.

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Jul 07, 2014

Personal History Is Often a Later in Life Career

You might find Telling Life's Stories: Four Late-Blooming Personal Historians, written by Lynne Strang as a guest post for Debra Eve's Later Bloomer (Creativity Never Gets Old) site revealing. In her well written piece she explores the interest, drive and satisfaction of four personal historians (myself included) who entered the field later in life.

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Jul 04, 2014

Diamond Anniversary of Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech

This July 4th marks the 75th anniversary of the inspirational and heartfelt farewell speech given by Lou Gehrig, a giant of baseball who was forced into early retirement when he was afflicted by the disease that would come to be known by his name.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) took Gehrig's strength and muscle control and eventually took his life all too early, just days shy of his 39th birthday. It was ironic for a player who was known for his endurance.

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Jul 01, 2014

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

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

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Jun 29, 2014

Obituaries as a Form of Personal History Writing

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how receiving news of the deaths of certain well known people can impact us. In June alone radio legend Kasey Casem, Padres baseball great Tony Gwynn, Steelers football coach Chuck Noll, and just a few days ago the terrific character actor Eli Wallach. And it was at the end of May that the wonderful Maya Angelou passed on.

This cluster of celebrity deaths reminds me once again of how important it is to preserve our life stories. One way to do that is a well written obituary. Good ones are an artform and the obituary is truly a form of personal history writing.

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Jun 24, 2014

Wedded Free Spirits

Over the weekend I traveled to Kansas City for the wedding of my nephew. Shea is my sister's firstborn. I am honored to also be his godfather. He's quite a creative and artistic man. He makes a living as a tattoo artist, and he has an amazing number of tats himself. So, too, do the many friends of both Shea and his new bride, Shannon.

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Jun 18, 2014

Casey Kasem, Radio Legend, The Voice of Summer

I've always listened to the radio. In those formative preteen years of eleven and twelve I remember mainly listening to the pop hits of the day. This would be in the late sixties.

In the summers of 1970 through 1972 a voice I would come to associate with the top hits I heard on the radio became something of a fixture for countless other radio listeners. Casey Kasem had this smooth voice and he also had stories about the songs he played on his weekly countdown show, American Top 40.

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