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I watched last night's episode of The War: A Ken
Burns Film It was my first opportunity to see
one of the episodes and it was moving. The stories, the
images and the production value are all top-notch.
Our WWII veterans are dying at the rate of 1,000 a day. It is
so important to get their stories...to preserve them for others and for
the often cathartic experience those veterans have when given the
opportunity to finally tells tales they've kept locked up in their
hearts for so many years. Yes, caution should be taken and
sensitivity to the storyteller. Don't force the issue. But I believe
many will speak if approached properly.
Visit this USA Today posting to see feedback from some people
who've been watching The
War on PBS and if you know a WWII veteran (family, friend
or perhaps casual aquaintance) consider finding someone to help you
approach them about preserving their vital part of history.
The epic The War: A Ken
has started airing on PBS television. This has
been a lengthy and in depth project for Ken Burns. This director has
previously created critically aclaimed documentaries on the Civil War
World War II was an intense time for those involved, both overseas and
at home. PBS.org
states about the series, "THE
WAR is the story of the Second World War through the
personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American
towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in
every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times,
there are no ordinary lives."
The Veterans History Project is getting some promotional
exposure through this series and that's great as it is so important to
capture our veterans' stories.
Genealogists love to do research and having the right computer software
tools is a big help. Ancestry.com,
one of the largest sites on the Internet to conduct genealogical
research, recently released a new version of their popular Family Tree Maker.
Apparently it's a bit more complicated than previous
versions, but there's help with a "getting started" tutorial.
Read more about it with this article by Sharon Tate Moody,
President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, for the
One of the most visited annual places in New Mexico is the State Fair in Albuquerque. I'm sure that's true for some
other states that hold big fairs. New Mexico has one of the largest
state fairs in the United States.
event is September 7-23 andI've
been at the fair just about everyday this year (so far). This
is because I work as the promotions director for a top-rated country
radio station and this is certainly where our audience is. Rodeos,
concerts, livestock exhibitions, arts and crafts, food and more food
and an endless parade of interesting people.
An interesting memory prompt to write about would be one of your visits
to a state fair. Think of the smells, the tastes and the
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The sixth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on America passed
for me without nearly as much attention as the 5th anniversary.
That's not surprising. Five and ten year marks are usually
considered more profound. But that loss of lives and the acts
of heroism, courage and compassion of that day are always to be honored
to read the shared memories from people about
their friends and families that died on that fateful September day.
The website offers at no charge the space to post these
Lest you think your story is not interesting enough, consider this
quote from Mark Twain: "There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such
a thing is an
One of the great writers who appealed to children, young adults and
grownups with her wonderful tales of fantasy, humanity and spirituality
has passed away. Madeleine
L'Engle was 88 and probably best known for the novel, "A
Wrinkle in Time". I enjoyed reading that book with my
children. One of the things I admired about her writing is
that she did not write down
to the audience, even if much of her audience were young people.
"A Wrinkle in Time," published in 1962, won the American Library
Association's Newbery Medal for best children's book. It went through
more than 60 printings, was adapted for television and other media and
helped establish Ms. L'Engle among the best-selling children's authors
of her generation. Surpisingly she revealed that the book was rejected
by many publishers before it was accepted. There's a lesson
You can read more about this major literary figure at this article online from the
Today is Labor Day.
This holiday recognizes all workers and is (according to the Department of Labor) "dedicated to the social and
economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a
yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the
strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."
For many of us a great deal of our life is spent at work.
Hopefully for you it is more than just a job. There
is a saying about that. J-O-B...just over broke.
Finding work that is meaningfull, uses your talents and is of service
to others is a great calling. I know that many of the people
I talk to about their life stories want to include something
about their careers. I also encourage people who
have created or been influentual with their companies to
think about preserving that story. It is a growing trend to have a
corporate personal history written.
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