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Jun 29, 2016

Your Own Personal Biographer

Creating a personal history takes a certain amount of work. There are memories to mine, life experiences to reminisce and reflection on what your life has meant to you and others.

Some people call it memoir, others life story. Or you could consider it your biography. Write it yourself and it is an autobiography. Whatever term you use, the idea of preserving your life in print can be a very good one.

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Jun 23, 2016

OBITS Documentary Celebrates Lives

The New York Times legendary obituary desk has, over the years, churned out an incredible amount of well researched and crafted written obituaries. These obits (as they are known in the industry) are less about death and more about celebrating the lives of the subjects. Many of them are researched for years before the subject actually dies. How do you think they get celebrity obits in the paper so quickly?

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Jun 21, 2016

Experience Life and Live to Write About It

Today we live in a world where the technology gives us instant access to record and share our experiences. This is good and bad. Not everything is "share worthy". But how fantastic that we can quickly preserve and share when we want to and think it is worthwhile.

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Jun 21, 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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Jun 18, 2016

What Dads Like

Tomorrow is Father's Day. To all the dads - I salute you! There is no operating manual for being a father, just as there isn't for mothers. It's all trial and error, although we can get tips from others (if you are fortunate, that's your own parents).

Tom Gilbert and family As a father of two grown kids and now a grandfather twice over I can tell you what I like about being a dad. I like seeing my kids develop, grow and meet life challenges. I like that they talk to me. I like that I learn from them.

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Jun 17, 2016

Driving the Band in a Van

Chuck Prophet's song Ford Econoline is a classic road song. For anyone who has played in a band and had to travel far distances to gigs with all the members and gear stuffed inside a van this song should bring back (fond?) memories. Even though I was never in a band I've done plenty of driving around the country and can relate to the song.

Summertime is here and a lot of people are hitting the open road. Road Warriors all have their tales of traveling the highways and byways. Some of these stories are great material for your life story.

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Jun 13, 2016

Life Vigilance

life vigilance, life stories, life matters.

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Jun 10, 2016

Goo Goo Dolls - Boxes (A Song Reflection)

The Goo Goo Dolls, a pop-rock band that has been around for many years has a new song that speaks to the subject of friends and memories. It's a good song and helps to remind us the importance of preserving some personal history.

"Boxes" includes the lyrics: "We'll have tiny boxes for memories / Open them up and we'll set them free"

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Jun 09, 2016

There's Magic in Your Story

The best way we learn anything...or for that matter, teach anything...is through storytelling.

Telling stories uses our imagination and engages our senses. It is a powerful way to convey lessons, values and experiences. From "Winnie the Pooh" to the "Trojan Horse", there is magic in stories that is very powerful. And that magic is in your story too!

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Jun 04, 2016

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

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

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