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May 09, 2021

Hi Mom, I Just Wanted to Say

Today is Mother's Day 2021. I am thinking of Mom and of other women and their great gifts of motherhood. The ultimate gift is giving birth and nurturing the new life. Mom, I do miss you. I wish I could have a chat. What would I say? Of course I would say that I love you very much. Also, I would tell you that I have flashes of memories, seeing you in the kitchen, sitting across from me at the chapel of the Center for Action and Contemplation, having a heart-to-heart talk at your house in KC, thinking of the times you got mad when you caught me smoking cigarettes or doing something I shouldn't have. You were a fierce lioness when the situation called for it. But mostly you were calm and loving and in your quiet presence I felt safe. Those final days in June of 2006, sitting at your bedside as you slowly passed from the cancer, were transforming.

You pulled us all closer that week. Family and friends gathered, shared memories, tears and laughter, and mostly love.

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May 07, 2021

The Order of Your Stories in a Memoir Matters

Our lives are lived out in moments and experiences. Over time they help to shape our beliefs, values, habits and much more. When we spend time reminiscing and attempt to make sense of our lives we often want to share that. This is done by telling the story of our life and our various experiences. You need to spend time figuring out what your story is and why you want to preserve this story. Once you have done this the next step is to determine how you will do it.

Part of the how is taking the many experiences you write about and putting them into some kind of order.

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May 07, 2021

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

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

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Apr 27, 2021

Describing Friends

How would you describe a best friend?

Best friends are true friends. They will stick with you through thick and thin. Best friends will also call you on your stuff. We all need that, even when it hurts a bit. True friends won't give up on you, support you and will be there when you need them. But best friends are also people who can be honest enough with us to let us know if we are doing wrong.

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Apr 27, 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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Apr 21, 2021

Big Exhale

A big exhale. That's how I've heard it described and that's how I personally feel. America has been holding our collective breath in anticipation of the jury's verdict in the Derek Chauvin case. When it was announced yesterday that the former Minnesota police officer was found guilty on all three counts you could almost actually hear people exhale.

"I can't breathe" were some of George Floyd's final words on May 25, 2020.

Police officers have been on trial before in cases involving too much force, often leading to death, and all too frequently African-Americans the victims. And unfortunately the track record of convictions for police officers in such cases extremely rare.

There is no doubt that the job of police person is difficult. But there is also a great responsibility that comes with the position.

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Apr 16, 2021

Hobbies Help Happiness

Friday is here and most of us enjoy what the weekend brings. Maybe you will spend some time engaging in a hobby. Hobbies help our happiness. They give us purpose, meaning, a creative outlet, and they can even relieve stress.

If you want to start a new hobby or even search for new ideas then check out A Full Guide On How To Start A New Hobby.Some of the takeaways for me from the article included how hobbies can introduce us to new people, widen our knowledge and skills, and improve our confidence and self-esteem.

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Apr 12, 2021

Ike the Intersection Dog

I am sure you have seen people on street corners holding signs and asking for help and handouts. But you probably haven't seen dogs panhandling before. But in Ironton, Missouri, along Highway 21 at a three-way intersection it is a common sight.

Ike, the panhandling hound, has been sitting in the middle of the intersection every day. He's not homeless and he's also not in any great need for a meal. But he will take one! He sits calmly in the middle of traffic and there is a sign nearby asking drivers to watch for him.

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Apr 07, 2021

Your Memorable Story

Whether you know it or not, somewhere inside of you is a story, your memorable story, which needs to come out and announce itself. In some form or fashion that story should be preserved.

What to do? Find help. I suggest you might turn to someone I've worked with in the past. I've used some of the programs offered by The Memoir Network. I have also promoted them.

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Apr 01, 2021

March Newsletter Online

No, this is not an April Fools' Prank. The newest Your Life Is Your Story newsletter is online and it is the March edition.

How does that work? Well, I typically put out each month's newsletter at the end of a month. So it is kind of a look back at the month. Like the famous quote by Soren Kierkegaard that "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward", I find it works better for me doing it this way.

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