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Mar 03, 2015

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, February, 2015

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from February, 2015 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Mar 01, 2015

Leonard Nimoy's Prosperous Garden Life

Upon hearing the news Friday (February 27, 2015) that Leonard Nimoy had died I began contemplating writing a blog post. I'd grown up watching Star Trek.

Nimoy played Spock, the half-human/half-Vulcan enigmatic and logical being with the remarkable eyebrow arch and calm in the face of galactic disaster disposition. But Nimoy was so much more than the actor who played Mr. Spock. He was sensitive, artistic and reflective.

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Feb 27, 2015

Doing Something Everyday that Scares You

A widely circulated quote, usually attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, states that you should do something everyday that scares you. If you are writing a life story or memoir, this is terrific advice. Most of us want to skirt the dark and scary stuff of our past, but you shouldn't.

Confronting the truth of your failures, mistakes, abuse, addictions and dark sides - whatever it is that you might not want to reveal - can often be really important material.

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Feb 18, 2015

Ashes to #Ashtag and Making Your Mark

I got a few looks from people in the grocery store today.One woman realized pretty quickly that the black cross-shaped mark on my forehead wasn't because I was slipping on my hygiene.

Not everyone is used to seeing people walking around with ashes on their forehead, even though signs of repentance are an ancient practice in many cultures. More people are discovering ashes on the forehead via social media with a slew of "ashtagged "selfies" showing up today on Instagram and Twitter.

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Feb 12, 2015

A Woman Walks the Natchez Trail With Her Father (not her first choice)

Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trail is not a history lesson, although the Natchez Trail was once a heavily traveled trail by foot, horseback and wagon and included the likes of Daniel Boone and Meriweather Lewis (of the Lewis and Clark expedition fame).

Andra Watkins is the author of the above mentioned memoir. She wanted to become the first living person to walk the 444 miles, just as pioneers before her did. She would walk 15 miles a day. She couldn't find anyone to go with her except for her 80-year old father, who really didn't want to go along.

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Feb 09, 2015

Memorable Family Feuds

Cowbird (a fascinating story-telling site) is currently partnering with Narratively, an online platform that shares untold human stories, on a seed for a storytelling project about family feuds. Funny, poignant, wild or unbelievable - they would like to hear from you if you have a story like this to share.

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Feb 05, 2015

RootsTech

They call it the "largest family history event in the world!"

RootsTech is a family history and technology conference being held in Salt Lake City from February 12-14.

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Feb 02, 2015

Write it Once, Twice, Three Times or More

I have a suggestion for those of you are doing your own writing about your life. Pick a particular time in your life, something that was special and meaningful and sit down and write it as a short story. Then put it aside. The next day sit down and write it again. Don't look at the previous version. Write the story fresh. And then on the third day do it again. Try it for a week straight. What might get revealed after writing five, six or seven versions, one per day, can be revealing. You will notice how the story becomes more vivid, deeper, richer and purposeful. At least that's my prediction. You won't know until you try, so create your own "Groundhog's Day" loop with a portion of your life story and see how it can help you develop your writing.

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Feb 02, 2015

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, January, 2015

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

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Jan 22, 2015

The Cause of Addiction May Be Very Different Than What You Think

There is no question that there is a problem with addiction in our societies. Alcohol, drug, gambling, sex and other obsessions affect a lot of people. But what really causes someone to become an addict? Is it the power of the chemicals? Or could it be a need to connect to something, a need the addict has not been able to fulfill in a healthy way?

Some of the most interesting life stories, to me, are those of people who've battled addictions and found recovery.

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