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Feb 28, 2021

Happy Little Chill

If you are a fan of Bob Ross then you know that the painter was a longtime host of his own television show. In "The Joy of Painting" Ross, in his charming calm style, would instruct everyday people how to find joy as they released their inherent artistic talent through brush and paint.

The show was not intended for the serious artist, although if you were one there was plenty of good to be found in his show. The magic was how he gave those of us who felt we weren't artistic some confidence found in following his lead. His style was low key and he encouraged viewers to make the most of the "happy little accidents" that our errant brushstrokes might make.

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Feb 28, 2021

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Writing Blog

My Life Story blog entries regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Feb 26, 2021

Gary Parker and the Surgery Ship

Ahoy Matey! Here's something you might not have heard of. There is a ship that is improving and even saving lives through their offering of surgery and dental care to people who normally would not have access to that health care.

They call it the Surgery Ship. National Geographic has documented this ship and its incredible mission. Gary Parker is the Chief Medical Officer and an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is part of a crew of 400 coming from over 35 nations. Most of the people benefitting are in Africa and living in deep poverty.

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Feb 17, 2021

Video Recording Your Life Story

Many people want to record their life story in some fashion. As a personal historian I highly recommend it! But how to go about it. Photos, a written narrative, scrapbook or maybe using a website service. These are all viable options.

But when you consider our modern technology, especially the incredible advancement in video recording and editing, using your smart phone could be the way to go. Now I am no aficianado on this, but I do know there are many apps to make it possible without breaking your budget or freaking you out with techno overload.

Here's a suggestion.

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Feb 10, 2021

Frontier Restaurant is Fifty

It seems most communities have a favored restaurant. Some place famous for food and ambience. In Albuquerque it is arguably the Frontier Restaurant on Central. It's across the street from the University of New Mexico and for fifty years has been a much loved hangout.

What makes a local eatery so favored and legendary? Certainly the food is part of it. The Frontier is renowned for their tasty breakfast menu and great hamburgers and other lunchtime items. Their cinnamon bun alone is worth a visit.

But the "recipe" for their status is much more. When the owners Dorothy and Larry Rainosek opened the place 50 years ago this day, February 10, 1971, they had come to Albuquerque with a U-haul, a couple of kids and some big dreams. Those dreams certainly grew.

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Feb 07, 2021

Super Sober Bowl

Today is the Super Bowl. It's the 55th Big Game. LV in Roman Numerals, which is the way they like to display it.

On this Super Bowl Sunday we are still immersed in a society dealing with a pandemic, Covid 19. It is a virus that has not "simply gone away". No, it is still here and it is a fact of our lives.

This Super Bowl Sunday maybe we will do a couple of things. One is that we might get a bit of an escape from the preoccupation with our pandemic situation. The other thing is that we might continue to be real about what really matters. Life is often risky, but it is also quite beautiful.

Thirty years ago, in January of 1991, another Super Bowl was played in Tampa, Florida. It was one of the most exciting games ever, going down to a final seconds field goal, a victory for the New York Giants and another heartbreak for the Buffalo Bills. It was also a turning point in my life.

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Feb 07, 2021

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, January, 2021

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from January, 2021 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Jan 31, 2021

The Impressive Life of Cicely Tyson

This past week Cicely Tyson passed away. She was 96. That is a long life. In reading about her these past few days I was impressed with how she lived a life true to her beliefs and values.

She was not an early success. She became a fashion model at the age of 30, about the time most models were retiring!

Her first starring role as an actor was at the age of 50. It shows it is never too late to do something with your life - with your talents.

Cicely Tyson decided that she would use her talent and her fame to communicate her belief in civil rights. She didn't want to have roles simply based on her beauty or skin color. She never shied away from living her beliefs.

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Jan 28, 2021

Youth Narratives Show Great Depth

The second annual New York Times Personal Narrative Contest has concluded and the celebrated best show great depth of human experience and insight. Pretty remarkable for such young writers in their teenage years. Many of them are in High School, and as most of us might recall, that can be quite the challenging time to discover who we are.

To be able to articulate that and move readers with their narratives is inspiring.

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Jan 28, 2021

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

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

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