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May 25, 2015
Dan Curtis on Blogging, Personal History Books and Eating Elephants
Dan Curtis is a kindred spirit. He likes and supports the idea of preserving your life stories. For years he had a terrific blog about personal history and it ended up really helping those who work in the field. Other personal historians, myself included, would often read Dan's various posts and found much inspiration and motivation.
May 20, 2015
Me at Twenty
39 years ago I was twenty; young, idealistic and exploring my new world of personal independence. I was a college student in 1976, attending the University of Oklahoma, mostly because I really liked it when I visited with my Dad my junior year in High School. The campus was lively. There were pretty girls, good music and it was a major University. Not Ivy League by any stretch, but it was far away from home and that was important to me at the time.
May 18, 2015
Be Aware! May is Personal History Awareness Month
There is still plenty to celebrate about personal history in this month we like to refer to as Personal History Awareness Month.
May 14, 2015
Throwback Thursday - My Son Walks the Graduation Line
Three years ago to the day my son Eric graduated from High School. I wrote about it on this blog and found myself ruminating about the significance of High School graduation. It is special on many levels. By extension, you can consider any graduation an important milestone and ending-leads-to-new-beginning.
May 13, 2015
William Zinsser Wrote and Lived Well
William Zinsser, a terrific writing instructor and gifted writer, died Tuesday at the age of 92. His book Writing Well has sold over 1.5 million copies and has bee revised a few times (just as any good writing should). I've always enjoyed reading his advice and "hearing" his voice through the written word. Supposedly it took him until his 50's to truly find his voice.
May 10, 2015
Mom's Best Cooking Isn't Always A Meal
Mom's typically are the family chefs, although many men also enjoy preparing meals. A New York Times article from May 5, A Mother's Cookbook Shares More Than Recipes has the author, Kim Severson, reminiscing about her mom's recipes and old cookbooks.
May 04, 2015
Your Legacy Smile - New (Free) Book
It was a few years ago when Robb Lucy (Your Legacy Smile) and I first crossed cyber-paths. Robb is another passionate advocate for people sharing their lives and stories. More than that, he wants everyone to have a legacy and to enjoy it now, before you die! His new book, Legacies Aren't Just for Dead People! is out and he's offering a free Kindle version today and tomorrow (May 4 and 5).
May 04, 2015
Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, April, 2015
An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from April, 2015 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.
Apr 30, 2015
Throwback Thursday - Death as Transition
It has been two years since my Aunt Liz passed away. She was my mom's older sister and she lived an amazing life full of travel and adventure. She was extremely well-read, enjoyed art and culture, and like many people from Boston, unwilling to talk too much about herself. As a result, I didn't get the life story from her that I had hoped for. But she still gave me insight into some family history.
Apr 29, 2015
Deliberating on Diversity and Difficulty in Life Stories
One of the good reasons for more people to tell and preserve their life story is how it adds to our understanding of humanity and society.
Everybody has a story to tell!