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Audrey Galax, a fellow APH
member, was part of a story-telling festival in Atlanta this weekend.
While I'm here in Albuquerque and couldn't attend, it
certainly sounded like an interesting event, especially for those of us
interested in the stories and personal histories of people, not just
the famous, but the everyday and just as important individuals who
contribute to the tapestry of the human experience.
Audrey described the event as "folk tales, tall tales, fairy tales,
family remembrances, personal confessions, classics and new stories,
original and traditional, from the hilarious to the heartrending." More
about the Atlanta
Storytelling Festival here.
What if you took a vacation that was a history lesson at the same time?
Apparently more and more history buffs are doing just that, as reported
in this AARP article, Vacation Ideas for History Buffs.
One woman drove through every state with her children when they were
young to teach them about the country's past. Another woman took her
husband through New Mexico to explore cave dwellings and hieroglyphics
of the Pueblo Indians in the "Land of Enchantment". That's
dear to me as I live in New Mexico.
So the next time you decide on a family vacation perhaps you should
include some historic sites. Not only will it help bring
history to life, but you will also create some fine family memories.
Memories can be preserved in many ways, such as journals, scrapbooks,
letters, special mementos, audio and video recordings.
All can be useful in crafting a memoir, biography or personal
These mementos can also be quite valuable in helping those afflicted
with Alzheimers as noted in this Mayo Clinic online article.
Well, I haven't posted in a few days because things have been quite
busy. But thanks for checking in and I hope that you are discovering
more about your lifre and your story.
If you are a science fiction fan you are familiar with Arthur C.
Clarke. Along with Asimov, Heinlein and a few other Sci-FI icons (my
fave is Philip K. Dick), Clarke gave us worlds and ideas and wonderful
stories. He lived a good long life, but he has passed away.
I heard he was proud that he retained a childlike wonder
about life and the universe. That's especially interesting
considering one of his best novels was Childhood's End.
You probably best remember him for his work with Stanley
Kubrick on the legendary movie, 2001:
A Space Odyssey, but he wrote many amazing stories and
A tribute by a longtime fan and friend Jeff
Greenwald, a writer
is posted here.
I've always believed that music is a strong memory inducer.
How many times have you heard a song on the radio that took
you back to a place and time? I'm a big lover of music and I have been
all my life. It is the major reason why I chose a career in
Writing about your life experiences and the part that music has played
in it is a great way to tell some of your personal history.
I'm sure there are concerts, recordings (we used to call them
vinyl records...remember?), times listening to the radio and so forth
that will help you reminisce. Good times, bad times....we've
all had our share (to paraphrase a Led Zeppelin song).
Certainly one of the groups most influential in the lives of we baby
boomers was the Beatles. A group of British scientists are
link between memory and music and they are asking Beatles' fans to help
create an autobiographical memories database. They've aptly
named this study the "Magical Memory Tour".
The online survey will help the psychologists understand how children
develop a capacity for memory, how adults process recollections and how
memory changes with age. See the story posted at theStar.com.
You can contribute your Beatles' memory at magicalmemorytour.com.
I'm not above tooting my own horn, but I also like to give kudos when I
see something good being done in the field of biography, personal
history, life story, etc. Sometimes it is at the expense of
keeping visitors to my site or losing prospective customers, but I
think of it more along the lines of the Macy's philosophy in the movie Miracle on
34th Street. They weren't afraid to send
customers to a competitor if that was where they could get what they
So, congratulations to The
Biographer's Craft on their one-year anniversary with
their fine e-zine. The new issue talks about picking your
favorite biographies, whether you can make a living writing
biographies, and their pick for biography of the year. See it online here, and you can always
subscribe at their website to get it by email.
And as far as personal horn tooting - you can subscribe to my free
monthly Your Life is
Your Story ezine here.
I was just watching some TV - on the Internet. No, it wasn't YouTube
(www.youtube.com), although I look around there from time to time.
I was watching an episode (only about 13 minutes) of Down Under, hosted
by George Morgan and Drew Smith, known as the Genealogy Guys. It's one
of the many genealogy and family history online programs at Roots Television.
These two men like to investigate cemetaries and find stories from
tombstones. They found an interesting one in Tampa, Florida.
Find out (here) about the couple from the
1800's, slave owner and slave-made-free, and what their gravesite stone
tells us about their life together.
was National Grammar Day.
Wow, I didn't know there was a day dedicated to it.
and their Writing Tools
column offers some fun and interesting bits about the day. Go here.
Something called the Slice
of Life Challenge is underway and will continue all
through this month. It's a writing project anyone can
participate in and is put together by a couple of school teachers who
host a blog site appropriately called Two Writing Teachers (teaching kids, catching minds,
872 miles apart).
They are allowing you to post your slice of life and read other
people's as well. Using the web to share this way and encourage others
to do a bit of life story writing is a good idea. More here.