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Sep 23, 2020

Almost Twenty Movie Turns Twenty

Cameron Crowe was a teenage rock journalist in San Diego in 1973. I was a senior in High School and listening to a lot of rock music and reading magazines like Rolling Stone which Crowe got to contribute to. I am sure I must have read his contributions.

The movie "Almost Famous" came out in 2000 and it took Cameron Crowe, now a screenwriter and director, ten years to bring it to the silver screen. The movie is partly autobiographic. But what is so great about the film (along with many of the cast members and their terrific performances) was how it captured the love of rock music back then.

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Sep 20, 2020

Rock of Righteousness, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the "Notorius RBG", Supreme Court Justice, and champion of equality, particularly when it came to gender rights, died on Friday at the age of 87. She battled cancer five times and then some, often returning to duties when people would surely have given her a pass to spend more time recovering.

Her legacy casts a long shadow. She might have been short in stature, but she stood tall when it came to fighting for justice. It was fitting that she rose to the position of Associate Justice on the Supreme Court in 1993.

One of Ginsburgs fellow justices, Stephen Breyer called her a "rock of righteousness". I think she lived up to that title. Her accomplishments in face of many challenges are impressive.

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Sep 13, 2020

Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives - and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

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Sep 11, 2020

Tribute in Light for 9-11

Every year this date arrives and I am reminded of how rapidly a day can dawn clear and bright and end dark and somber. In New Mexico that day in 2001 it was another beautiful September day. Sunny and warm, the kind of postcard weather that makes living here enjoyable.

Back east, across the miles, New York City also had a sunny morning. And then chaos and tragedy amidst the terrorist attacks. I've been to NYC a number of times. In 2001 I was there with my family in June, just three months prior to the World Trade Towers collapsing as a result of hijacked airliners flown into them. It was unthinkable. But it happened.

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Sep 09, 2020

30 Days

30 days has September - and you know how the rest goes. Thirty days is the standard for a month, although a few have 31 days. And there's the outlier February that checks in at 28. Unless it is a Leap Year and we add another day to the second month of the year.

30 days can be quite a marker. A lot can happen in a month.

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Sep 07, 2020

Remembering Brock and Seaver Baseball Legends

I've been a baseball fan all my life. The sweet spot was probably as a teenager in the early to mid-1970's. Every summer brought the joy of balls, bats, gloves, running, jumping and high fiving with others as we celebrated the great American pasttime.

Two of the players I greatly admired were Lou Brock and Tom Seaver. One was an outfielder and base-running marvel. The other a pitching sensation. Both of them were revered by their teams and dubbed "The Franchise".

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Sep 02, 2020

Legacy Zoom Writers

Okay, show of hands. How many of you knew what Zoom was before the COVID 19 pandemic?

That's what I thought. We be Zoom-ing now! More life story writers are finding a way to stay connected and help each other make their stories become written realities.

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Sep 02, 2020

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, August, 2020

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from August, 2020 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Aug 24, 2020

A Secret Goodbye to Life Changed to a Memoir

Robert Imbeault never intended to write a memoir. Strange when you consider he always fancied himself a writer. What eventually became his memoir actually started as a secret goodbye to his life. He'd decided to end it all when he found it too difficult to deal with his life trauma and addiction issues.

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Aug 18, 2020

First Days, First Things

The first days of school are always very busy for teachers, students, staff, parents and the rest of the families. This year it seems to have gone to a whole new level.

I am finding that there are so many competing priorities for me in these first days of the new school year. And that is not too different from the start of organizing a life story project. When you begin the work of a memoir, autobiography or personal history project there is a lot to consider. You need to create a memory list of the main topics or areas to cover in your story. There is a lot of reminiscing and that can be exhausting as you dig up memories.

Remember that you have to take it a bit at a time. Firsts things first. Just like the beginning of a school year as we create and teach procedures and routines. It is a good idea to develop a schedule and some routines as you tackle your life story

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