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I hope that you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm grateful for my
family, friends and the opportunity to spend time with them!
I also thank
you for visiting this web site. I hope you are continuing to work on your
story. A great way to start is with a family newsletter that updates your
family and friends on this past year. I just happen to provide that service
:) check it out.
Did you see the new survey released by Rolling Stone magazine about
the top 500 greatest rock n' roll songs? This survey polled the opinion
of musicians, critics and industry notables. The top pick was Bob Dylan's
"Like a Rolling Stone". That's a pretty good choice.
I've loved Dylan's music for years. He was a voice for at least one generation
and his body of work is quite impressive. He can say a lot in a song.
"Like A Rolling Stone" changed music at a time when most songs
on the radio were less than three minutes (this song was over six) and
with subject matter that mainly revolved around girls and cars. Dylan,
however, had already released a string of powerful folk songs. Suddenly
he thrust upon us the sound of electric guitars and swirling organs which
gave birth to a new permutation of the evolving rock sound with this song
that warns all against arrogance. Talk about "pride goeth before
And those lyrics! "How does it feel?", he screamed. "To
be on your own/With no direction home/Like a complete unknown/Like a rolling
Bob Dylan has just released a book, a memoir of sorts, but as with Dylan's
songs you can't categorize Chronicles as the typical autobiography.
You might find his recent comments with Rolling Stone of interest.
I was unable
to attend the 10th annual Association of Personal Historians conference
in Baltimore which just concluded this past weekend. I'm sure it was
an oustanding event as demonstrated by the many positive remarks already
being shared on the APH email discussion list. The APH is
really a very fine organization and if you are interested in more visit
A group of
Minnesota members has a very interesting website they've collaborated
on called Got Stories.
To do your
personal story (autobiography, memoir or whatever) justice it's probably
best to hire a professional. Many people get interested and then balk
at the cost. However, you must consider the time and expertise involved.
It's an incredible service that requires talent and time to put out a
top-notch product. Still, if you can't afford to do it this way there
are still avenues to pursue. I still think the Memorygrabber
is one of the best ways to go if you can only afford a few dollars and
want to do the story yourself. See
here for more.
May you continue
to find inspiration and motivation to tell your story!
Veterans Day and Your Life is Your Story salutes our members
of the Armed Forces, past and present. War is not glorious, but service
and sacrifice can be.
Be sure to check out our updated Highlight
Site page for information on the Veterans History Project. This
ongoing project was created to preserve the stories of our veterans.
Here's another great story forwarded to me. It's something to consider.
Rose at 87
day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get
to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when
a gentle hand touched my shoulder.
around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile
that lit up her entire being. She said, "Hi handsome. My name is
Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?"
and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she
gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in college at such a young,
innocent age?" I asked.
replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have
a couple of kids..."
seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to
be taking on this challenge at her age
dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she
we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.
We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would
leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening
to this "time machine" as she shared her wisdom and experience
course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends
wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention
bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
At the end
of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll
never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to
the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her
three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed
she leaned into the microphone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so
jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll
never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know."
As we laughed
she cleared her throat and began, "We do not stop playing because
we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.
only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success.
You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream.
When you lose your dreams, you die.
We have so
many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it! There
is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are
nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive
thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old
and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea
is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.
The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for
things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets"
her speech by courageously singing "The Rose."
each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At
the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those
after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep Over two thousand college
students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught
by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be. When
you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your
friends and family, they'll really enjoy it! These words have been passed
along in loving memory of ROSE.
GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.
We make a
Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.
a safe landing, not a calm passage.
So the Election
is over and President Bush has been re-elected. It was a record turnout
at the polls and it is good that so many people participated in the voter
process. Did you vote? If so, good for you!
the campaigning is over (often divisive and bitter) let's all move forward
and look for ways to live and work together. The United States has many
challenges. We each have challenges. Life is full of challenges.
Life is also
everyone's story. History is made up of events big and small. Part of
our life story has been this Presidential election. Reflect on it. Consider
its place in your story.
Everybody has a story to tell!
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