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Aug 18, 2014
Doing Life Without Parole
For the most part the stories of people's lives tackled from the motivation of preserving personal history have a self interest, either by the subject of the story or the family members who crave to know more about loved ones.
Aug 13, 2014
Helping the Elderly Preserve Memories
Everyone has an older family member who has told them stories of the past. If you grew up listening to grandma’s tales of war and wash days, you may have shut your ears off because you’re more interested in the present. But stories passed down through the generations leave an important legacy for families.
Aug 12, 2014
Seriously Funny, Robin Williams Was A Manic and Majestic Comic and Actor
I remember watching Robin Williams on cable comedy specials in the 1980's and being amazed at his rapid-fire manic impressions and hilarious, yet cosmic comedy insights. The man was a whirlwind onstage, yet as his career developed we witnessed a nuanced dramatic actor who could certainly be humorous, but also capable of delivering performances of ringing truth.
Aug 08, 2014
Self Awareness From a Distance
An article by David Brooks, Introspective or Narcissistic?, states how for many of us we learn more about ourselves when we can see our lives with some distance. This is the gift that life story writing and, in particular, journaling, can give you.
Aug 04, 2014
Below the Waterline
I live in the desert, so it is unusual for us to get a lot of rain, especially enough to cause flooding. But it can happen, and it did a couple of days ago when a thunderstorm dumped enough water on downtown Albuquerque to flood streets.
Aug 03, 2014
Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, July, 2014
An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from July, 2014 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.
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.
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.
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.
Jul 10, 2014
Meaningful Home Objects
I came across a cowbird (cowbird.com) 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.
Everybody has a story to tell!