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Nov 12, 2018

100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Yesterday, November 11, was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. This became known as Armistice Day, although in the United States the name of the day has since been renamed Veterans Day to honor all members of our military for their service.

By 1918 people were very relieved to have the end of the bloody and global conflict. It was the worst war the world had ever experienced and people were praying it would never happen again. Unfortunately, just over twenty years later the world was at it again.

History teaches us that we must learn from our mistakes and learn about our past or we make those mistakes again. Looks like we are still learning.

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Nov 07, 2018

The Civic Thing To Do

One day after Election Day in the United States and the pundits and the public are absorbing the results. This was what we refer to as the Midterm Election because it comes halfway through the term of the United States President. And it has significance as people elect congress members, governors, and a great number of state legislators.

I believe voting is the civic thing to do. I remember how excited I was in 1974 when as an 18-year old I finally got my first opportunity to vote. It was exciting. I continue to vote in elections, and not just during the presidential election year.

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Nov 01, 2018

Go for Memoir Writing Month

All this month you can get free lessons, 30 in all, through the November is Memoir Writing Month program offered by the Memoir Network.

Denis Ledoux of the Memoir Network has lots of great ideas, tips and resources he is willing to share with you as part of your free membership in My Memoir Education Program.

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Nov 01, 2018

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, October, 2018

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from October, 2018 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Oct 24, 2018

Putting Your Story in Order

Your story might be a personal or family history. Or you might be creating a memoir of a certain time in life or type of vocation or vacation. Regardless, any story has multiple parts and the resulting parts (stories) can be put into some kind of order. The order of your stories in your memoir is important.

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Oct 16, 2018

This Month Share Your Family Stories

October is National Family History Month. We are halfway through the month, but it is not too late for you to try to preserve some of your family stories. The first step is to sit down and have a talk with those people in your family who have the interesting and important stories to tell. As they remind us at the Talk of a Lifetime site, those stories will only last forever if you have that talk with your family members and pass the stories on.

Probably everybody in your family is interested in knowing more about their family elders. But not everyone is willing to be the family historian. Hopefully someone is willing to take on that responsibility. Is it you? Are you good at asking questions and then listening?

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Oct 15, 2018

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, September, 2018

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from September, 2018 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Sep 30, 2018

Baseball Season Ending Drama

Oh how I love baseball! Those of you who have followed my postings over the years know this to be true. The game represents so many things that I find important in life, such as facing each moment, knowing when to to take a pitch (pause and reflect) or be laser-like focused and ready to hit (when you have to make a decision). There is offense and defense, teamwork and camaraderie, leadership and rules, going above and beyond, doing your best, and also knowing how to handle both winning and losing.

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Sep 24, 2018

Family History Helpful Resources

I am going to admit something that is not very flattering. In my early adult years I pretty much did what I wanted to without much awareness of how it affected others. That mean that I was frequently blunt or even rude. And even when I did think I was being considerate - or "diplomatic" - I could easily ruffle feathers.September is almost finished. The summer has wrapped up, Fall is in the air, and when October rolls around it is a great time to take stock of your family because it is National Family History Month. What type of family history have you "harvested"?

Personally, I favor doing memoirs.This form of personal history is flexible because you focus on a theme, like your love of cars or baseball, or maybe you want to write about a particular time in your life, a slice of your personal history. A friend of mine recently did this with his memoir, Head Bangin' Radio, about working in radio during the heady days of hard rock and heavy metal, especially at the renowned one time king of metal radio stations, Pure Rock 105.5 KNAC.

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Sep 18, 2018

Accountability for Our Actions

I am going to admit something that is not very flattering. In my early adult years I pretty much did what I wanted to without much awareness of how it affected others. That mean that I was frequently blunt or even rude. And even when I did think I was being considerate - or "diplomatic" - I could easily ruffle feathers.

Today I am better.The good news is that I know that I am sometimes abrupt. Often it is not a problem, but if my directness collides with someone's over-sensitivity then it usually doesn't go so well. So the awareness of my poor interaction is the beginning of making the necessary change.

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