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Jan 17, 2017

Service Work

A true statement that I hope you have discovered on your life journey is that service work is key to a fulfilled life.

What I mean by service work is doing things that are helping others.

What does that have to do with people preserving their life story? A lot, I believe. You see, your life must have purpose and most people discover that truly valuable purpose is in doing things for others. In short, service work.

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Jan 06, 2017

Healthy Living Through Life Storytelling

Each person has their own unique life. That life is unfolding and the experiences and emotions that result from communication, relationships and various life adventures make for a great story.

Even if you don't think so.

There is ample evidence that the quality of your life, especially your mental health and outlook on living, can be improved when you engage in story telling about your life.

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Jan 01, 2017

Time Passages, All Aboard For the New Year

All aboard for the New Year! We start anew, but in reality it is this way each and every day. Each day the train leaves the station for another 24 hour trip; either you are on board or not.

Well I'm not the kind to live in the pastThe years run too short and the days too fastThe things you lean on are the things that don't lastWell it's just now and then my line gets cast into theseTime passages

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Jan 01, 2017

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

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

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Dec 29, 2016

Don't Fear the Reaper

On Tuesday I was at a local coffee shop writing the December issue of my free newsletter. I titled it the Don't Fear the Reaper Edition, primarily because this past year has had such a large amount of notable deaths. Yes, of course, the Blue Oyster Cult song influenced the title. "All our times have come / Here but now they're gone."

Many of this year's deaths have been celebrity passings, some of them personally important to me as I grew up on their music or art or lived during their time of political and historical importance.

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Dec 22, 2016

Papercrafting and Preserving All Things Pap

It is one thing to use paper; quite another to understand just exactly what paper is and how to preserve the things we put down on paper, be they memoirs and personal histories, legacy letters, thank you notes, essays, photographs, or other artistic expressions such as drawings, paintings and scrapbooking.

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Dec 18, 2016

Personal History Is Your Story

Personal history is your story and your life is your story. Part of the journey, I believe, is to pass on your experience, strength and hope. Some of the ways to do that is through a memoir, audio or video testimony, legacy letters and ethical wills, autobiographies and biographies, family histories, scrapbooks, and photo books. These are suggestions and there are other ways to do it. The important thing is to document something.

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Dec 05, 2016

Blogging About Life

I created the Your Life Is Your Story website in 2003 and right away I included a blog as part of the site. The purpose of a blog was to bring attention to qualify family history and life story news, views, methods, products, links, services and "whatever else catches my fancy".

That allows me a pretty broad range of topics. I give a fair amount of consideration to my blog entries.

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Dec 05, 2016

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

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

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Nov 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday Matters

Giving is a good thing. And purchases are important for businesses to survive. However, there are things that matter more than buying. So a few years ago a movement emerged to accompany Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is designed as a global day of giving to worthwhile causes.

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