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President Bill Clinton, whose recently released autobiography "My
Life" is a bestseller, recently advised a crowd of booksellers in
Chicago, "I really think that anyone who's fortunate enough to live
to be 50 years old should take some time, even if it's just a couple of
weekends, to sit down and write the story of your life, even if it's only
20 pages, and even if it's only for your children and your grandchildren."
I found this
quote at the AARP website while reading an article from the September/October issue about Ethical Wills.
Think about it. It makes sense - even if it's "only 20 pages".
Yes, yes, yes. Writing something about your life to be preserved for others
is so very important. I hope coming to this site reinforces that and helps
move you closer to doing it.
a new article about Ethical Wills - find
it here in the articles section.
I get a variety of email newsletters. One I've been enjoying recently
comes from Nightingale-Conant.
This company is noted for their motivational and inspirational audio programs
and yes, I've bought a few of them over the years which have proved quite
good. They have a new magazine called AdvantEdge and the
emails they've been sending include a feature called "Beyond Mile
18". Each time I get an interesting biographical profile of a prominent
person. They call them "success stories" and they are quite
inspiring. Past issues have included Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Tony
Bennett, Clint Eastwood and Golda Meir.
You can find
out more by going to the Nightingale-Conant website (here) and from there click on the AdvantEdge
link (scan the page for it or go to the top right corner) and then Success
Stories. I think it could help motivate you if you are writing a life
If you are interested in an Ethical Will surf over to Heritage Life Stories. Laurie North has some good information on what they
are and there is even a very good sample ethical will to view.
"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought
in our life, or in the life of another."
- Helen Keller
Today is Grandparents Day. What a treat for grandparents to have
the joy of young children, to share their love and their family history
and to make a connection through the generations.
Both sets of my grandparents have passed on. However, I have two children
and my wife and I enjoy watching our parents spend time with them. One
set lives near us, the other is in another state. Yet, they all make the
time to connect with the kids. One of the greatest things we can do as
families is to facilitate those connections. I find that I learn alot
about parenting from watching my parents, and my wife's, interact with
God bless all the grandparents today!
In just a few days it will be the third anniversary of 9-11. Nine-eleven.
That's all you have to say to anyone and they immediately know what you
are referring to. That dark September day when terrorists hijacked airliners
and flew them into the New York City World Trade Centers, the Pentagon
in Washington D.C., and the plane that crashed into a field in Pennsylvania
is something we will always remember. Rightly so.
has many places that memorialize the people who died that day. Visit the
September 11 Tribute area at Legacy.com
and read some of the heartfelt postings.
I am seeing
a growing discussion and interest in Ethical Wills. These are statements
that express your values and special messages that you want to leave for
your loved ones. This is a wonderful way to let people know what is, and
has been, important to you that you want others to understand.
I'll be writing more about this and also sites that focus on tributes
and memorializing those who've died in this month's upcoming issue of
the Your Life is Your Story newsletter. Why not sign
up for it today? It's free and filled with lots of helpful life story/personal
history information I'm grateful for our many subscribers and I hope you
will join us. You can register here.
As I had mentioned in a previous post (August 9), The Jane Pauley Show had contacted me while researching a show on
doing life stories. I understood it at the time to be focused on video
biographies. In a way, that's what they did. Specifically they answered
a request from someone who wanted a video journal to help her young son
know more about the terminal illness she's been diagnosed with.
The show's website
has more info, as well as some other links to some "life story preservation"
resources. They seem to be more interested in ways of telling your story
other than a book (which I still think is the best, but that's just my
biased viewpoint). It's also a shame that they didn't mention the excellent
Association of Personal Historians - over 400 members now and a
great organization of people who do all kinds of story preservation. You
can visit the APH site here.
Everybody has a story to tell!
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