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Jun 17, 2018

Happy Pappy Day

Today is Father's Day. I got a text this morning from a longtime friend who has two grown children, a son and daughter, about the same ages as my kids. "Happy Pappy Day!" was the message.

I am one of those people who had never really explored his work, his writing and his story telling. I suppose In addition to feeling good about the text, it got me thinking about being a father and all the names we use to refer to this parental role.

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Jun 12, 2018

Anthony Bourdain - Storyteller

The news of Anthony Bourdain's death, another sad instance of suicide, has garnered a lot of media attention. Our society seems to have an insatiable appetite for celebrity news, even and especially maybe for the darker side of things.

I am one of those people who had never really explored his work, his writing and his story telling. I suppose that's a shame, except that it is never too late to discover the benefits that can come from learning about other people, be it the stories shared by a journalist/adventurer/food connoisseur like Bourdain, or from your friends and family members. We all have a life and stories to tell and the more that we appreciate, understand and do this, the better the world will be (in my humble opinion).

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Jun 08, 2018

Hey June

With apologies to the Beatles and Hey Jude, I titled this post "Hey June" because in many ways the month of June is, for me, the most important month of the year. Let me unpack that for you.

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Jun 07, 2018

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

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

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May 28, 2018

War Memorials Revisited

Today is the Memorial Day Holiday in the United States. Originally started to honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War, it is now a day to remember all those who have served in the military and gave their lives fighting against tyranny and to keep our freedoms.

A couple of years ago I wrote an article about war memorials.

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May 23, 2018

Brennan Manning and Finding Grace Through Darkness

A quote from Brennan Manning that I posted in 2010 popped up on my Facebook account today.

The quote was: "To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God's grace means."

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May 16, 2018

British Royals and American Fascination

Americans love celebrities and it seems we ratch it up another notch when it comes to the British Royal Family. Americans are fascinated with them, especially the younger ones as they get married and have babies.

The royal wedding for Meghan and Harry is Saturday, May 19, and some people will be up at three or four in the morning to watch the event live on TV, or the "telly" as the Brits call it.

So what's the big deal?

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May 08, 2018

Humans of (insert city here) are Telling Their Stories

I've been following Humans of New Mexico on my Facebook feed. I live in "The Land of Enchantment" and the stories of people here are interesting to me. The group has a purpose of collecting and sharing the oral histories of everyday New Mexicans.

The idea of capturing life stories from everyday people through oral history and photographs is one excellent way to preserve people's personal history.

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May 03, 2018

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

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

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Apr 24, 2018

Is there an easy button for writing?

If you want to be an accomplished writer of your life stories you need to spend time doing pre-writing. Go for a walk and reminisce about your life. Create a memory list. Brainstorm and journal. All these activities will help prime the pump for when you sit down to write.

Also, don't approach your life story or memoir writing with the idea you have to go from start to finish in a particular order.

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