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May 30, 2016
Obon and Japanese War Flags
On Memorial Day in the United States we remember all the service men and women who died in various wars fighting for our freedom. When we are in the patriotic spirit it can be difficult to view the lives of enemy soldiers with compassion and consideration. After all, they are part of the foreign forces, the opposition intent on "their" side.
May 30, 2016
Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Writing Blog
My Life Story blog entries regarding personal history, life story writing and more.
May 24, 2016
Stepping Up to High School
This time of year many are graduating from college and high school. Those are momentous times and to be treated with the pomp and circumstance they deserve. But there are other times when we go through big transitions in school. One of them is moving from middle school to high school.
May 18, 2016
Stories You Didn't Know You Had
Sometimes you have stories about your life, your family members, or friends and acquaintances that you didn't know you had. How do those stories come to light?
May 16, 2016
Personal History Passion
If you wonder what your ancestors were like, what kind of people they were, where they came from and what they did with their lives, you are not alone. More and more people are searching and researching their family history. Your past, including the history of your parents, grandparents and the rest of the “family tree” is a rich source waiting to be discovered. If you don’t already know the stories that make up your family history you are missing out on a vital part of your story.
May 05, 2016
Top Hobbies Are Clues to Life Story Subject Matter
Do you have any hobbies? Just about everybody has favorite ways to spend their time. Over the years I've collected stamps, baseball cards, coins, done lots of reading, listened to a great deal of music, tried my hand at various kinds of writing, and my love of people's history and stories has evolved from a hobby to a vocation for personal history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everybody has a story to tell!