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May 02, 2016

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

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

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Apr 28, 2016

Keeping Memories of Passed Ones Alive

So much death of prominent people this year has me reflecting more on how we preserve our stories and our legacies. For one thing, we all need to consider passing on our values and life lessons regardless of our celebrity status. Every life is important and everyone has a story.

Beyond that, there is the opportunity and responsibility of the surviving family members and friends to keep the memory alive for those who have died. The book, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive gives some good tips for this.

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Apr 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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Apr 15, 2016

Remembering Jackie Robinson Through Rachel Robinson

Today is Jackie Robinson Day. Every year Major League Baseball honors this great player who was much, much more. His number, 42, is the only number retired across all teams and on this day all players wear the number. Jackie Robinson is remembered as the player who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. It was long overdue, but the struggles for civil rights have always been overdue and ongoing.

Celebrated documentarian Ken Burns features Jackie Robinson's spouse, Rachel, in a documentary that debuted on PBS this month (Jackie Robinson - A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon).

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Apr 11, 2016

Resonating with a Life Story

What causes a person to resonate with someone's life story? That's an important question for anyone writing a memoir who desires wide readership. In order for people to care about your story there needs to be a compelling story. Yes, it also needs to be well written, but if you don't have a story that people care about it won't matter how beautiful or dynamic your prose is.

So, what causes a reader to care about your story? Take a look at what really matters to you in the story (and stories) you are writing. What makes the subject matter so important to you?

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Apr 07, 2016

Merle Haggard was a Real Country Outlaw

Country singers often sing of hard times, hard living and heartbreak. But usually they are using their imagination. Perhaps they've had some lost loves and maybe an occasional run-in with the law, but few actually have a life as colorful as their songs.

Not so with Merle Haggard.He passed away April 6 at the age of 79 which just happened to be his birthday.

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Apr 05, 2016

CBS Sunday Morning on Boomer Grandparents, Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper

I continue to be a fan of CBS Sunday Morning as they continually provide quality stories. Case in point (really, two cases) was this past Sunday when they aired a couple of good stories that resonate with personal history and legacy.

The other story was about Gloria Vanderbilt and her son, Anderson Cooper.

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Apr 03, 2016

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

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

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Mar 29, 2016

Building Bridges to Connect Lives and Stories

In a world where people are too often building walls it is important to recognize that life stories can build bridges that connect us. A family history or life story can connect younger generations with their elders. It can connect people who share similar values. Our stories can bridge the gap between cultures and help people recognize that despite our differences we have many things in common.

One of the wonderful ways to build bridges so that people can connect is through the use of art.

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Mar 22, 2016

A Typical Response for Information to Help with Your Story

I get a lot of emails from people wondering about what kind of help they can get to write their story. They also want an idea of what it costs. These are good questions for those investigating how to get their story done. I answer these requests and I thought it might be a good idea to share a typical response.

This is what I wrote to someone who is interested in knowing more about creating their life story.

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