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Apr 17, 2014

Tough Family Stories That Redeem

Sometimes we have stories in our families that are really hard to talk about. Therefore, they are hard to write. People want to keep those skeletons in the closet. But as another personal historian loves to say, bring those skeletons out of the closet and make them dance!

A recent NY Times story is a great example of a tough family story that ultimately redeems.

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Apr 14, 2014

Boston Strong Marathon Runner Shalane Flanagan

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the tragic bombing that shook Boston at their iconic Marathon Race finish line. A year later and there is a hometown favorite who has a real chance of winning the women's division of this year's Boston Marathon (set for Monday, April 21). Shalane Flanagan, profiled on CBS' 60 Minutes, has running in her genes.

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Apr 12, 2014

Falling "in love"

Falling in love... The mystery of falling in love happened to me in the beginning of the nineties when I met a dear soul-companion. Mostly called a

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Apr 07, 2014

Modern Day North Pole Adventure

Two men, a dozen sled dogs, a couple of tents, no bath for 30 days and K-rations. Mark Andresen, cofounder of personal history website, Imastory, isn't just a tech wizard; he's a real life adventurer! He's currently on an "old school" trip to the North Pole.

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Apr 03, 2014

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

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

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Mar 26, 2014

Life Stories From Down Under

There is a website in Australia where they are gathering stories and promoting life review and reminiscence. Life Stories Australia has the motto, "Where Memories Matter". Indeed they do and it is good to see that this is a global truth. I promote life story preservation in America.

In Australia one of the leading personal historians and banner wavers for saving life stories is Annie Payne. She is the founder of Life Stories Australia.

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Mar 24, 2014

Circling Back to Your Childhood

Apparently you "can go back home". The gist of an article by David Brooks, Going Home Again (NY Times, March 20, 2014), reinforces the value of reminiscence about our growing up. For Sting - yes, the musician and songwriter, Sting - it inspired a creative breakthrough.

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Mar 22, 2014

How Nostalgia Drives Reminiscence

There are many things that prompt our reminiscence of past events in our life. When we embark on personal history projects, such as a memoir or family history, we necessarily go through periods of reminiscing.

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Mar 20, 2014

Age to Wisdom Studies

It has been a long held belief by many that as we age we get wiser. I like to believe there is some truth in this. But wisdom can be allusive.

A recent New York Times article, The Science of Older and Wiser, is a good read about the subject of aging and how personal wisdom develops. One of the takeaways I had from the article was Professor Staudinger's five elements of true personal wisdom.

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Mar 17, 2014

Searching Your Irish Roots

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! As the saying goes, on March 17th everybody's a little bit Irish.

Genealogy is one of the favorite (or most popular) pasttimes on the Internet. As a personal historian I find it more interesting to discover the stories behind of the people hanging out in the branches of the family tree. But if you are looking for some good online resources to search out your Irish roots, I can make a few suggestions.

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