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Jul 30, 2015

Four Fears of Life Writing

Fear can be an obstacle to your life story writing. But it need not be. Whenever you are afraid it is always helpful to identify just what those fears are and see how much they are based in reality and how many of them turn out to be just your imagination running away with you. I find it beneficial to remember the acronym F.E.A.R: False Evidence Appearing Real.

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Jul 27, 2015

An Audio Message from Her Father - Years After His Death

We all crave hearing our parents say they love us. It's a basic need of every human; we all want to love and be loved.

Getting that affirmation is sometimes a long time coming. For Johanneke van den Bosch it hearing her father's voice and how missed her had an incredible impact. That's because she heard it years after he died!

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Jul 22, 2015

No Writer's Block With a Memory List

Have you ever used a Memory List for your lifestory writing? It's a terrific tool. I've always recognized that it is important to outline and create notes when you are preparing to write anything, be it an article, essay or memoir.

With an extensive list you won't ever have writer's block.

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Jul 21, 2015

Archiving Family History Documents - Saving Your Stuff

Historical documents such as letters from presidents, legal documents, treaties and so on form the basis of much of the history of the world. In school we refer to them as "primary documents". These are important artifacts to preserve.

Just as important to your personal and family history are letters, photos, diaries, certificates and the like. Have you given any thought to how you will preserve this important "stuff"?

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Jul 17, 2015

Two Sides of Technological Light

Two sides of technological light. The awful light of a nuclear explosion; the warm light of a place where millions have enjoyed special memories. It's an odd world we live in, so full of both goodness and horror.

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Jul 15, 2015

3 Billion Mile Journey to Pluto

New Horizons, a spacecraft launched 9 years ago, has traveled over 3 billion miles across our solar system and historically made a relatively close flyby of Pluto. It is an accomplishment that some scientists are equating with man's first footprint on the moon and the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars.

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Jul 13, 2015

The Value of a Privately Published Life Story Book

There is no mistaking the growing popularity of memoir. The combination of technology and interest in our personal histories has led to an explosion of life story publishing. It's a rare feat, however, to have a memoir picked up by a publisher and an even rarer occurrence when that memoir sells.

Although your story might not be on sale to the masses doesn't lesson its value. Many people are quite content writing and privately publishing their memoirs for the benefit of their own reminiscence and to pass on their stories to family and friends.

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Jul 09, 2015

Family History Stories Have a Wide Impact

Thanks to the efforts of Life Stories Australia over 2000 life stories from everyday Australians have been gathered and preserved. The impact of these stories is wider than you might imagine. Families learn about their ancestors. People learn more about their history. We all hunger for stories that satisfy a deep hunger to know who we are and where we come from.

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Jul 06, 2015

Photos and Stories

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so goes the old adage. That is a lot of writing for one image. Most of us won't spill that much ink. But photographs do evoke memories and present opportunities to tell stories.

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Jul 02, 2015

Grateful Dead at 50 and the Fare Thee Well Shows

It was fifty years ago that the Grateful Dead formed and it has truly been a long, strange trip for this iconic American rock group. Although Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist and founding member, passed away 20 years ago the influence of the music and various incarnations of live music from the surviving members has carried on over the years.

The Fare Thee Well concerts in Chicago this weekend are going to be historic and special for a lot of people.

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