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Your Life is Your Story, Issue #083 – Thanksgiving
November 24, 2010

"Your past is your story up to now. The future is the story yet to come. The present is where you live with that experience, your hopes and your dreams."

Your Life is Your Story Newsletter

November 23, 2010
Issue #083 – Thanksgiving

From Tom Gilbert – Editor and Writer,

In this Issue:

Opening remarks: Counting Blessings
Featured Article – Thanksgiving
Resources You Can Use: National Day of Listening and MemoryPress

Opening Remarks: Counting Blessings

If I really tried to count all my blessings, each and every one, I probably couldn’t do it. Not if I was truly honest and willing to consider every good thing I’ve ever experienced. No, I’m not independently wealthy and I am not famous. I haven’t achieved all my life goals. But I’ve had so many moments of friendship, encouragement, inspiration, love and well, grace, that if I died tomorrow I would consider it a successful life.

Now I certainly want to keep on living. And I want to keep an attitude of gratitude. But I’m pleased that I have discovered some important life lessons. Having an opportunity to pass that on to you, treasured readers, is something I am thankful for.

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While the main focus of this newsletter is to share thoughts, ideas, and insights on life story writing you should know that I offer various services and also mention some products and services that can be helpful. You are under no obligation to purchase anything, but if any of these products or services are helpful and you decide to utilize them then I am most grateful.

Thanks for reading. – Tom

Featured Article: Thanksgiving

By Tom Gilbert - Copyright © November, 2010

The Thanksgiving Holiday is one of my favorites. It always stirs up fond memories. It is special to be able to gather with friends, especially if you have multiple generations involved. The smell of Autumn leaves, pumpkin pie, turkey in the oven, the laughter of young and old, watching football, chilly days and, of course, stories. Get family around the dinner table and the stories get told. Some of them get better with the years. Others have us rolling our eyes. “Not that one again, Uncle Tom!”

The gathering of the clan for Thanksgiving is probably special for you, too. I hope it is. I know that it is not always possible for families to spend holidays together, but if you do, please make the most of it. Treat each other with kindness. Preserve traditions. And share your stories, especially with the younger ones. Children are hungry to know more about their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members.

Here’s wishing you a most wonderful Thanksgiving with all the trimmings. Keep an attitude of gratitude. And thank you for reading this. Remember, there are many other insightful and helpful articles on life-story writing here.

Resources You Can Use

National Day of Listening

Once again Story Corps is encouraging people to take the time to listen – and record – stories from our elders. On Friday, November 26, 2010 (the day after Thanksgiving) find a family member or elder to interview and preserve their story. Chances are you will have the opportunity as family gathers for the holiday. The very act of listening to them will be appreciated. But if you also record (and later write out) the stories they share you will be doing your part to preserve important personal history. Find out more at

Memory Book from MemoryPress

Are you looking for an affordable and easy-to-use self publishing option for your memoir, autobiography or life story? Consider the Memory Book from MemoryPress . You can build your story through their interactive and user-friendly web interface and also use them to print high quality books of your finished story. I’ve used them for a number of projects and I provide more information with this article.

Closing Information

That’s it for this month’s issue. Thanks for reading. Be sure to visit our blog regularly, and here’s to telling your story. Do give it some serious consideration because I just know you’ve got a great story to tell! Be sure to see the Get Started section.

Any comments, ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. Just reply to this ‘zine and tell me what you think!

Until next time, – keep your story alive!

Tom Gilbert

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