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Nov 10, 2019

Wounded Souls and Wounded Soldiers

Veterans of the military services deserve to be recognized and thanked for their service. Many return from conflict with wounds, some physical, but all of them emotional and even mental and spiritual. The wounded souls of wounded soldiers is a hard burden to carry, but many do it as bravely as the courage they displayed in service of our country.

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Nov 06, 2019

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, October, 2019

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from October, 2019 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Oct 23, 2019

30 Minutes a Day for Soul Work Writing

It's hard to accomplish a big writing project when you view it as one giant thing to finish. But working on it a bit at a time can bring a finished product. It might even be better written when you don't try to do too much at one time. Writing is hard creative work. Savoring it and crafting your language is important. You do need to get after it and not procrastinate, but you also need to give it time.

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Oct 11, 2019

Grandparenting

Being a parent is a wonderful yet very challenging thing. Many parents would agree it is both the hardest and best experience in all of life. Seeing your kids grow up and eventually become parents themselves brings about another special thing: grandchildren!

When families have multiple generations involved in the raising of children it brings great perspectives to life. Life story experiences, support and additional helping hands are just a few of the benefits.

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Sep 23, 2019

Bruce Springsteen at Seventy

Happy Birthday to The Boss! Today is Bruce Springsteen's birthday (he's 70) and every time September 23 rolls around I have to pause and consider what an incredible artist he is and to marvel at his body of recorded music.

Springsteen is an artist. He's done more than write anthems. He's bared his soul, told us his beliefs, dealt with his ups and downs, written an acclaimed memoir and had a Broadway show. Now he's about to unveil a film about his newest album. Western Stars. He's taking us deeper into his soul and he's letting his legacy play out in front of us.

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Sep 23, 2019

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, August, 2019

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from August, 2019 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Sep 19, 2019

Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek - Money and Cars

Money and cars - some think that goes hand in hand. Well, certainly there are plenty of instances when nice cars involving a lot of money come to mind.

Another thing that goes hand in hand with my personal history are rock music artists. Here's the tie-in with the money and cars topic. Two music artists prominent in the 1980's passed away a couple of days apart. Eddie Money on September 13 and Rick Ocasek of the band The Cars, on September 15.

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Sep 19, 2019

Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek - Money and Cars

Money and cars - some think that goes hand in hand. Well, certainly there are plenty of instances when nice cars involving a lot of money come to mind.

Another thing that goes hand in hand with my personal history are rock music artists. Here's the tie-in with the money and cars topic. Two music artists prominent in the 1980's passed away a couple of days apart. Eddie Money on September 13 and Rick Ocasek of the band The Cars, on September 15.

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Sep 02, 2019

Labor Day Celebrates Workers

Today in the United States is Labor Day, a national holiday to honor the American labor movement. It was many years of struggle for laborers to get collective bargaining and better wages and working conditions. That struggle still continues.

It's nice to have a day off from work. But there is much more to Labor Day than marking the unofficial end of summer with picnics, parades, camping and leisure. Work is part of the human experience and just as all humans deserve the right to dignity, we also deserve the right to do meaningful work that rewards us fairly.

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Aug 29, 2019

Zozobra Burns Away Your Gloom

There is an event in Santa Fe, New Mexico each year around Labor Day weekend that is an amazing tradition. Imagine a five story high marionette that moans and groans while he gets set on fire. Thousands of people are crowded around, cheering his destruction.

Zozobra means "anxiety" in Spanish. The idea is to put all your bad juju and mojo onto this giant puppet, sometimes referred to as "Old Man Gloom". I will never forget the first time I saw it back in the early 1980's.

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