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Feb 08, 2016

Revenge Writing

When we've been wronged it is common to want to get back at whoever or whatever hurt us. "Veangance is mine!" we want to shout. But revenge writing can be a dangerous thing.

If your motivation in a memoir or life story is to get back at someone you run the risk of alienating readers. Rarely do others feel the sting of betrayal or harm like you do. This doesn't mean it is pointless to write about wrongs. But we must be careful not to use a poison pen to avenge a wrong.

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Feb 04, 2016

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

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

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Jan 28, 2016

Remembering Challenger on the 30th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Disaster

A TBT (Throwback Thursday) that was sad and tragic. 30 years ago today I was doing the morning show on Rock 108 KFMG, Albuquerque. We had the television on in the conference room for the Space Shuttle launch. Challenger was going to be special, including the first teacher to go into space, Christa McAuliffe.

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Jan 27, 2016

Lucky to Get Old

Do you think of old age as people in nursing homes, or bedridden, or just so slowed down and "broken down" that there isn't much to do anymore? If so, consider changing your idea of being elderly.

More and more people are recognizing that getting older is a good thing.

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Jan 19, 2016

Glenn Frey Dies - An Eagle Has Flown

It seems not a day has gone by in this young year of 2016 that doesn't include the sad news of another famous performer dying. The passing of another voice of my generation, Glenn Frey, a co-founder of the group the Eagles, happened yesterday. He was only 67.

Although Frey hailed from Detroit, Michigan, he was quintessential Southern California of the 1970's. He and Don Henley formed the band that gave us such memorable songs as "Take It Easy" (co-written by Jackson Browne), "Lyin' Eyes", "Desperado" and "Hotel California".

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Jan 14, 2016

Check This Out - The Human Library Organization

At most libraries you check out books or other media. In Denmark (and a few other locations doing something similar) you can "check out a human" and get their story face-to-face.

This is an interesting concept. You can find out about different people and life experiences. And unlike a book, you can ask questions at the Human Library Organization.

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Jan 12, 2016

David Bowie and the New Mexico Connection

Bowie died just a couple of days after his birthday and he was fortunate to be surrounded by his family. He had been dealing with cancer for 18 months, but that was kept pretty quiet. Good for him.

The New Mexico connection with Bowie is two-fold. The very first fan letter to Bowie from an American was in 1967 from a 14-year old girl living in New Mexico. Bowie was so excited he immediately typed a lovely return letter. The other connection was the movie The Man Who Fell to Earth, a sci-fi film starring David Bowie was filmed in New Mexico.

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Jan 07, 2016

Pure Rock KNAC Began Thirty Years Ago

My first blog entry of 2016 looks back thirty years ago to the launch of a legendary Southern California radio station. Long Beach was the home for the 105.5 FM frequency and a relatively low-power radio station. KNAC broadcast with 3,000 watts, so it was hard to compete with big 10,000 and 50,000 stations. A formula was hit on, a risky proposition that ended up becoming something of a legend. "The little station with the big attitude", Pure Rock 105.5 KNAC launched on January 8, 1985.

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Jan 04, 2016

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

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

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Dec 31, 2015

Inspect, Reflect and Project

It is not unusual at the end of the calendar year for people to reflect over the past months and think about the events and experiences. I find it important to do this so that I get the all important perspective needed to do what is most important: to live fully each day.

I think it is important to inspect your past year. It helps if you keep a journal. Then reflect on the significant events. I have many articles that speak to what I consider are the key things for life writing. After reflection move on to project.

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