and Events - The Stories of the Year - Your Family and Friends Are News
The days that make up a year are full of important
and newsworthy events. It doesn't have to make the local TV station's 6
o' clock report or the morning newspaper. Each of our lives plays out
in moments worth remembering. A family newsletter can be just the thing
to document those days and sharing it with your family can be a treat.
The end of a year can bring about a range of emotions: joy and
gratitude or anxiety and moodiness. One thing is certain; the holidays
are a time of remembrance and for making new memories. This is a
natural time for families to gather together, enjoy meals and tell
stories. Some of those stories are timeless…and priceless.
Nuggets of family history passed on in the tradition of oral history.
Of course, the important "news" to preserve happens throughout the
calendar year. Graduations, job changes, weddings, births and death are
all important milestones. You can document them in a highly readable,
yet consise correspondence. Publish as frequently as you like. Many
people do it at the end of the year, but why not quarterly or more
often? The prevalence of email makes it easy to distribute, or go for
the "old fashioned" way and write, print and mail it out to your list
Stories are often told, but not recorded. A memoir
or life story is an ambitious project. It is certainly worth
considering, but as a way to ease into that process you should consider
sending out a family newsletter.
It's not hard to piece together the important
highlights and events of your lives. Look through your journal or
diary. I bet you've saved some emails and letters, too.
Has anybody in the family received media attention?
Newspaper clippings, magazine articles or video/photographs need to be
acknowledged. The same goes for work and professional recognition (such
as a company newsletter or trade publication).
I have relatives that send out a one or two-page
newsletter around Christmas. I enjoy reading and discovering good
tidbits about my extended family scattered around the country. It sure
is fun, too, to read about times when we did get together, like a
summer reunion at the lake or a trip to a local event (here in
Albuquerque the annual International Hot Air Balloon Festival is a
Like many people, you recognize the value of this,
but you may not have the time or inclination to write it yourself. Take
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I'll write a fun, entertaining and
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You provide the events and information you want included and I'll flesh
out the details in a highly readable report of your family's 2012
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This family newsletter will be a treasure and a
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This is a great gift to your family and friends!
This past year was history. Share that history with
the rest of the family. Let Your Life is Your Story write
it for you. What a great way to remember and honor each other. Start a
good annual tradition.
Need some tips and ideas? Below you'll find a list
of links to sites that focus on family newsletters:
Great Family Newsletters
This is the place to explore and learn all you can about family
newsletters — The how and why. The site is where you can
share with each other all the fantastic ideas you have for improving
your newsletters and where you can encourage each other in getting that
next issue out.
They encourage you to "think before you ink" when creating a family
newsletter. How to handle tough news, health related issues, children's
accomplishments and good formating tips.
This site is noted primarily for helping you with genealogical
research, but this section on family newsletters will give you some
more insight and motivation.
Everybody has a story to tell!
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