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Oct 20, 2014
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.
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.
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!
Oct 09, 2014
Griot - Traditional Storyteller Title Now Becoming a Personal History Term
Thanks to a tip by APH member Dick Margulis (he specializes in book creation and printing) I discovered that the word griot, traditionally used as the term for West African oral storytellers, is starting to be applied to those who are electronically recording and storing personal history stories on digital files, computers and "in the cloud".
Oct 08, 2014
Personal Historians Heading Back to St. Louis
Just like the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team trying to get back to the World Series, hundreds of Personal Historians are heading back to St. Louis, the Gateway City, for an annual conference.
Oct 04, 2014
Living and Dying in Real Time
If you have pondered the purpose and meaning of life, both your own and others, then you are a good candidate for preserving your life in narrative form. We all have a story, the story that we are living each day.
Oct 03, 2014
Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, September
An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from September, 2014 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.
Sep 28, 2014
Baseball Season and Jeter Era End
Derek Jeter is a rare breed in baseball these days. Not only did he play his entire career with one team, the storied New York Yankees, he also played with incredible passion and integrity.
Sep 23, 2014
Personal Historian Libby Atwater Has Helped Others, Now Finally Tells Her Own Story
Yes, of course, people should tell their stories! This is the rallying cry from just about all personal historians. We encourage, motivate and inspire others to tell their life stories. We work hard to gather material, interview, organize and help put the finished product together for those willing to hire us. And yet, many of us fail to do the same thing for ourselves. Hmmm, practice what you preach, anyone?
Sep 16, 2014
Going the Distance
Going the distance, be that a long distance run or accomplishing any goal in life, is important to me. I know from my own experience that the times I've wanted to quit or give up, yet persevered, have been some of the best learning situations.
Everybody has a story to tell!