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Dec 09, 2019

Legacy Letters Pass on Values

A legacy letter is a deeply life-affirming way to pass on your love and values. It can be a document, book or recording - or any combination thereof - that becomes a treasured personal history item whose value is immeasurable.

Getting guidance and help with this is the mission of Legacy Letters. Leah Dobkin guides you through this process and helps you create a lasting and memorable legacy letter that passes on values and not just valuables.

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Dec 05, 2019

How Your Story Becomes a Memoir

How does your story that you might be writing become a memoir?

It helps to first consider just what a memoir is. William Zinsser, a highly respected writer who knew a thing or two about life story writing, said, "Memoir isn't the summary of a life; it's a window into a life, very much like a photograph in its selective composition. It may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. It's not; it's a deliberate construction."

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Dec 05, 2019

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, November, 2019

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from November, 2019 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Nov 26, 2019

Life is a Spiral and We Keep Coming Back to Certain Lessons

Do you know the saying, "Three steps forward, two steps back"? That's really how our life works. Your life journey is not one straight line. Although we do experience our life in one thing after another, the path we travel is really a winding one.

I have found that I often re-learn lessons I've been taught before. We go through stages in life and sometimes we need to come back to certain lessons.

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Nov 24, 2019

Thanks Receiving

November is a great month for giving thanks, especially with the soon-to-be-here Thanksgiving holiday. But how many of us are able to humble and graciously receive thanks?

It's time for some thanks receiving.

This is not to imply that we should be focused on getting. Rather, it is to be in a proper state of receiving.

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Nov 10, 2019

Wounded Souls and Wounded Soldiers

Veterans of the military services deserve to be recognized and thanked for their service. Many return from conflict with wounds, some physical, but all of them emotional and even mental and spiritual. The wounded souls of wounded soldiers is a hard burden to carry, but many do it as bravely as the courage they displayed in service of our country.

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Nov 06, 2019

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, October, 2019

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from October, 2019 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Oct 23, 2019

30 Minutes a Day for Soul Work Writing

It's hard to accomplish a big writing project when you view it as one giant thing to finish. But working on it a bit at a time can bring a finished product. It might even be better written when you don't try to do too much at one time. Writing is hard creative work. Savoring it and crafting your language is important. You do need to get after it and not procrastinate, but you also need to give it time.

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Oct 11, 2019


Being a parent is a wonderful yet very challenging thing. Many parents would agree it is both the hardest and best experience in all of life. Seeing your kids grow up and eventually become parents themselves brings about another special thing: grandchildren!

When families have multiple generations involved in the raising of children it brings great perspectives to life. Life story experiences, support and additional helping hands are just a few of the benefits.

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Sep 23, 2019

Bruce Springsteen at Seventy

Happy Birthday to The Boss! Today is Bruce Springsteen's birthday (he's 70) and every time September 23 rolls around I have to pause and consider what an incredible artist he is and to marvel at his body of recorded music.

Springsteen is an artist. He's done more than write anthems. He's bared his soul, told us his beliefs, dealt with his ups and downs, written an acclaimed memoir and had a Broadway show. Now he's about to unveil a film about his newest album. Western Stars. He's taking us deeper into his soul and he's letting his legacy play out in front of us.

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