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Jul 14, 2019
Narrative Medicine Helps Treat Patients Better
"It makes a difference when they (hospital staff) know you from a a different perspective than just 'you're a patient here, and we're talking care of you." That's a quote from Army veteran Fred Lenzen who is one of a few thousand individuals who have shared some of their life story as part of a program to include 1,000-word life story narratives as part of their medical record.
Jul 02, 2019
40 Years Ago Sony Walkman Made Music More Portable
Back in the 1970's rock n' roll had become an industry and people like me were living their lives to a soundtrack that today could only be described as classic rock. I grew up loving groups like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dylan, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd and many others.
Jun 30, 2019
Taking a Trip that Expands Your Life
It took many years for it to finally become a reality: a trip to Europe that proved to me what I have heard for years. Travel can expand your life in many signifcant ways.
Jun 16, 2019
Gifts of Our Fathers
On this Father's Day holiday I find it important to reflect on the gifts of fatherhood. Our dads give us the gift of time, unconditional love, and knowledge passed on to help us with the many things we must do in life.
Jun 14, 2019
White Water Rafting Builds Father-Son Relationships
It is nearly Fathers Day (this Sunday) and I just returned from an incredible mini-vacation with my brother-in-law and our two sons. It was an adventure we will always remember and a great way to continue to build solid relationships.
Jun 06, 2019
75th Anniversary of D-Day
I entered the search phrase "75th anniversary of D-Day" in Google and got an amazing 89,900,000 returns. Seventy-five years after the largest amphibious military invasion in history there is a lot to commemorate.
Jun 04, 2019
Fur Baby Farewell
Shadow, our awesome fur baby Chow-Labrador mix (I called him a "Chowbrador"), after 15 years of unconditional love, crossed over to the other side a few days ago. He was surrounded with love from family (Annette, Kristen, Eric, Neti and me) as we said our goodbyes. You could see in his eyes that he knew we were saying our farewells. Sad and joy mixed together.
Jun 04, 2019
Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, May, 2019
An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from May, 2019 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.
May 31, 2019
A Beautiful Parting Gift
My school wrapped up last week. I've been teaching 5th grade there for seven years and it has been some of the best years of my life. I have grown so much as a "second career" teacher. I love learning, I love teaching, and I love seeing kids learn.
May 27, 2019
Lives Impacted by Military Service Deserve Gratitude, Encouragement and Compassion
Memorial Day 2019 has many reflecting on those who served in the military, particularly the ones who went to war and to the many who never returned. The ultimate sacrifice of a life cannot be adequately measured. Nor should we attempt to lump together the various lives in a patriotic salute without taking the time to appreciate each individual's story.
Everybody has a story to tell!