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Jan 25, 2022

Memoir Movie of The Tender Bar

If you like movies about people's life stories, their life journeys if you will, then I think you will enjoy The Tender Bar, a movie based on the memoir by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist J. R. Moenringer.

The story follows the main character as an aspiring writer raised by a single mom. Since his father is out of the picture it is up to his gruff but loving grandfather and a surrogate dad in his uncle to dispense life advice and be supportive in the coming of age tale.

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Jan 14, 2022

Colonel Tom

Colonel Tom was strict. Colonel Tom was smart. Colonel Tom was one heckuva pilot.

Colonel Tom was my father. Dad was a military man, a lifer in the Air Force where he had a colorful 26 year career. His exploits flying jets led to a nickname, "The Red Baron", because he was something of an ace pilot.

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Jan 13, 2022

London Letter Only Had a Life Story As Address

A remarkable story out of London where Britain's postal service, the Royal Mail, was able to deliver a letter despite it not having a mailing address. What it did have was the recipient's first name and a post code for a Northern Ireland village.

And one more thing - a brief "life story" about the person.

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Jan 04, 2022

The Betty Way

By now you have probably heard of the death of the legendary Betty White. She passed away on New Year's eve at the age of 99, but she was on the cusp of 100. Over the years she treated us to her sharp wit and wonderfully positive attitude, both on and off camera.

There have been countless tributes. It's not surprising given her legacy. She was a great actress with impeccable comedic timing. Her love of animals was also a prominent passion of her life.

Betty White was an entertainer from before television and she was part of not one, but three hit series.

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Jan 02, 2022

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

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

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Dec 29, 2021

Cyclical Nature of Things

Every year at this time I become more reflective than normal. And that's saying something as I am a person who regularly reflects on life.

One of the things I've learned on my own journey is how everything is in some way connected. We truly do live in a big circle of life. The cyclical nature of things is all around us.

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Dec 23, 2021

Impossible Possibilities

To me there is no denying that there is something special, even magical about Christmas and the holidays this time of year. It brings me back to childlike wonder. Being open to the possibilities that exist in life - even with things that might seem impossible.

In my latest newsletter, #188 - Impossible Possibilities, I ponder this. I wrote in the feature article, "...there are always things that are unexpected. It’s just part of life. Sometimes we get pleasant surprises. Sometimes not so much. Some things appear impossible. Still, sometimes the impossible becomes possible."

Once in a while we discover that things that seemed impossible become possible. I guess we call those events or situations a miracle. Some people do recover from what appeared to be certain death. Or people who faced situations from which there seemed to be no way out suddenly have a solution. How we view an “impossible possibility” is personal. People who have experienced such miraculous events are forever changed. Powerful and positive life changing events can and do happen.

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Dec 20, 2021

The Starting Line of Your Life Story

Writing about your life can be very intimidating. Coming up with the opening line often generates anxiety or even fear. You might feel like it has to be perfect. If you do, realize that is pretty typical. And also not realistic.

But there you are - at the starting line of your life story. What can you say that will draw in the reader? How to you start to tell others about something so personal and intimate as the story of your life?

Well, first of all, I would say, be calm. Don't get too overwhelmed or anxious. If you have done the initial work of creating a memory list, researching some of your past experiences by turning to old journals, letters and photographs, and even just thinking about your story, then it will already have begun to take shape in your mind.

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Dec 15, 2021

They Say It's Your Birthday

What is it about birthdays? Everybody has one every year. It's a day to remember and be excited about living long enough to celebrate another trip around the Sun.

Birthdays are especially exciting when you are young. Children love to tell people how old they are and that it is their special day. We had pictures turned into posters when our kids - and later our grandkids - turned two. Each child mugging for the camera while holding up two fingers.

We never know how many birthdays we will get. Some live long lives. Some get to middle age. Some die way too young. Recognizing birthdays is a way to recognize the gift of life.

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Dec 09, 2021

Bob Dole Honored

Former longtime Senator Bob Dole, a World War II veteran and presidential candidate, lay in state at the US Capitol today. He was being honored for his many years of public service to his country.

It's an interesting coincidence that Dole passed away just a couple of days before the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an event that brought the United States into World War II. The attack by Japan galvanized Americans in a desire to fight tyranny. Most WW II vets have died. Dole was 98. One of the last of the Greatest Generation.

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