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Jul 18, 2018

Journaling Check Up

I have been keeping journals for years. I have used both handwritten journals and digital. I like writing on a computer because I can type pretty fast and it helps me get my thoughts out. Handwritten journals have their advantages too, such as being more readily available, portable and allowing for doodling and illustrations. I enjoy keeping my journal writing on files that I can return to and reflect on. Journal writing reflection can be helpful in a lot of ways.

Journals are not necessarily for anyone else to read, although they could be. Some people turn journals into memoirs. It certainly can be a helpful record for inspiration when writing life stories.

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Jul 08, 2018

On the Road With Kin

"On the road again, I just can't wait to get on the road again." So sang Willie Nelson in one of his more popular songs. Borrowing from that theme, summertime is often when many families get on the road for vacation, driving to various destinations.

Road trips with family (on the road with kin) can be both enjoyable and stressful. Mostly they are memorable, thanks to the good times and the bad.

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Jul 08, 2018

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, June, 2018

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from June, 2018 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Jun 28, 2018

Let Me Tell You About the Ride to Telluride

The fabulous Telluride Bluegrass Festival took place last week, starting on Thursday, June 21 and concluding on Sunday, June 24. If you are not familiar with either Telluride or the annual bluegrass festival then let me tell you about the ride to Telluride.

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Jun 26, 2018

When People and Places Make History

When certain people go places and leave their mark it can be historic. So much so that the place becomes associated with the person. Washington crossing the Delaware. Reagan and the Berlin Wall. Or John Wayne and Ridgway, Colorado.

Okay, admittedly that last reference may be lost on you. Unless, like me, you have been to Ridgway.

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Jun 21, 2018

It's a Summertime Thing

Today is the Summer Solstice (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). The longest day of the year. The most sunlight in a twenty-four hour period, and here in New Mexico plenty of heat.

Summer is a good time of year. As the saying goes, "the living is easy." I find myself taking in life at a bit slower pace. Enjoying time off from teaching, being with friends and family, but also getting some satisfaction out of solitude.

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Jun 17, 2018

Happy Pappy Day

Today is Father's Day. I got a text this morning from a longtime friend who has two grown children, a son and daughter, about the same ages as my kids. "Happy Pappy Day!" was the message.

I am one of those people who had never really explored his work, his writing and his story telling. I suppose In addition to feeling good about the text, it got me thinking about being a father and all the names we use to refer to this parental role.

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Jun 12, 2018

Anthony Bourdain - Storyteller

The news of Anthony Bourdain's death, another sad instance of suicide, has garnered a lot of media attention. Our society seems to have an insatiable appetite for celebrity news, even and especially maybe for the darker side of things.

I am one of those people who had never really explored his work, his writing and his story telling. I suppose that's a shame, except that it is never too late to discover the benefits that can come from learning about other people, be it the stories shared by a journalist/adventurer/food connoisseur like Bourdain, or from your friends and family members. We all have a life and stories to tell and the more that we appreciate, understand and do this, the better the world will be (in my humble opinion).

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Jun 08, 2018

Hey June

With apologies to the Beatles and Hey Jude, I titled this post "Hey June" because in many ways the month of June is, for me, the most important month of the year. Let me unpack that for you.

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Jun 07, 2018

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, May 2018

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from May, 2018 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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