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Sep 02, 2015

Finding a Personal Historian

Welcome to September. If you are considering a personal history project that you want to complete in the near future you should certainly consider working with a qualified Personal Historian.

You can find one, quite possibly in the town or area you live, but searching the Find a Personal Historian section of the Association of Personal Historians website.

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Sep 02, 2015

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

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

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Aug 29, 2015

Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later

Ten years ago today, August 29, 2005, one of the most devastating hurricanes ever hit the Gulf Coast of the United States. Hurricane Katrina washed over New Orleans and surrounding areas. It was bad. The levees surrounding "The Big Easy" broke. Homes, cars and roads swept away by huge waves.

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Aug 27, 2015

The Big Why for Your Story

I just finished listening in on the Right Focus/Write Memoir tele-class offered by Denix Ledoux of The Memoir Network. The key focus of this free tele-class was figuring our why you are writing memoir. The BIG WHY is your theme.

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Aug 24, 2015

Learning to Write a Memoir is Like Learning to Swim

Learning to write memoir is like learning to swim.It is possible for a writing coach to instruct a person on proper techniques of writing, but it takes practice and a coach to help you stay afloat.

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Aug 17, 2015

The Strangers Project

Lots of people are writing their life stories. So what's so special about The Strangers Project? For one thing, all the stories are anonymous. And another interesting twist is that they are handwritten right on the spot. So they are spontaneous. No doubt many people have carried around their story for years, but to be asked to write it right there, right then is interesting. No dwelling, dawdling or revision.

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Aug 15, 2015

The Forgiveness Project

Sometimes the pain and suffering of life inflicted on us by others can feel like more than we can bear. Many people understandably struggle with feelings of anger, resentment, revenge and downright hate.

It's not healthy. But how do you deal with it? The purpose of The Forgiveness Project is to explore the possibilities of forgiveness through real stories.

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Aug 12, 2015

The Narrative Arc of Your Life Story

Does your life story have a narrative arc with multiple plot points?

Why, yes, I think that is pretty common. At least, how we interpret our life experiences takes the shape of story. That's a good thing and a very interesting article from The Atlantic about this states it is a fundamental part of being human.

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Aug 09, 2015

Father Roca, Santuario de Chimayo's Little Priest, Dies at 97

He was born in Spain and when his brother, Pedro, died in the Spanish Civil War, his mother lamented, "I ask God for two priest sons. He took Pedro to Himself; now, it’s up to you to be the two priests I asked for." He fulfilled that destiny and then some.

Father Casimiro Roca was 97 years old when he passed away on August 5. His legacy is as the priest who both restored and served at the little church in Chimayo.

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Aug 05, 2015

Using a Master Memoir Mentor

You've thought about it, written down your compelling reasons for doing it and made the decision that you are finally going to write your memoir. Congratulations.

Can you do it? Yes. Will it be difficult? Yes. Would you like some help? Well, uh, of course.

Course is the operative word. Taking a course that will guide you through writing your first memoir draft will help you a great deal, especially when you have the assistance of a master memoir mentor.

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