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Oct 20, 2014

Doorway Memory

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.

APH member Jean Sheppard has had this problem and she thought maybe it was just getting older and forgetting things when she discovered that science has been researching this and that there is actually a name for the memory lapses. It's called "the Doorway Effect".

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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.

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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!

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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".

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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.

In 2012 the Association of Personal Historians held their annual conference, Turning Points, in St. Louis. This year the conference returns to this Midwest city for a few days of great networking, sessions, presentations and to find ways to further the precious mission of preserving our life stories (October 22-26).

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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.

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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.

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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.

The regular season ended today and the post-season is about to start and there are great stories for the teams that will continue in the playoffs.

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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?

Nice to see that Libby Atwater (, a Personal Historian and longtime member of the Association of Personal Historians, has finally finished and published her memoir, What Lies Within. And it turns out that after ten years getting it done she realized there is more to tell and she is hard at work on a sequel.

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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.

Sunday I ran another half marathon. That's 13.1 miles. Running and going the distance is part of a theme for a memoir I am working on.

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