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Have phone, will travel - Monday, April 6th 2015 2:07 PM
The punch line was hard: “We don’t care. We don’t have to. We’re the phone company.” It was a spoof radio ad making fun of telephone service...
New season, new plans? - Monday, September 3rd 2012 8:22 AM
This is what they call a "long" weekend in North America, three days off rather than the usual two. It's the beginning of a new season when students return to...
Do it for them! - Monday, August 13th 2012 9:59 AM
I have the privilege of having two new grandchildren and have just spent some well rewarded time with them.The time spent reinforces what this space has been saying all...
The value of writing it down - Monday, July 2nd 2012 8:18 AM
Some interesting thoughts to start a new month, from Diane Setterfield in The Thirteenth Tale, by Atria books, 2006. And thanks to Association of Personal Historians...
How far back can you go? - Monday, June 18th 2012 9:18 AM
Start with your earliest memory - or at least a very early memory. Experts say people can remember back to about age three. My father, for example, says he remembers saying...
How to start? - Monday, June 11th 2012 11:25 AM
It has been said that all good stories begin with "Once upon a time." All good fairy tales certainly do.But someone's life story, a person's memoir, is not a fairy...
Chapters, themes, events? - Monday, May 28th 2012 2:13 PM
Personal historians are often asked how people should organize a life story. Should they do it chronologically, from birth onward, or should they highlight...
Jogging your memory - Monday, May 21st 2012 8:25 AM
How do people writing their memoirs collect their material? Good question, because few people these days keep diaries or records of what they do on any regular basis. That...
Titanic personal stories - Monday, April 9th 2012 8:55 AM
The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic has taken over news pages lately as the centennial date looms only days away. So why should this space be any...
You want to read this book! - Monday, March 26th 2012 9:23 AM
 Full disclosure here. The author of the book being promoted in this space happens to be my wife. That said, the historical novel A Garden in the Wilderness by Edeana...
More paper comments! - Monday, March 12th 2012 9:37 AM
We've been making a bit of a case for memoirs on paper - books - as opposed to electronic versions. This is not to say we don't like videos or audio...
Books vs video - redux - Monday, February 20th 2012 9:04 AM
This space is about why people should tell their personal stories. We've harped on the many reasons, and we will again. But when the story's done, how should it be...
Paper, paper, get your paper! - Monday, February 13th 2012 8:06 AM
The above title is the cry of old fashioned newsboys and others who used to sell newspapers on the street. Many people remember newspapers - widely read reports...
Memoirs are made of this - Monday, February 6th 2012 10:26 AM
This is an overworked, familiar theme but - everyone has an interesting story to tell. Here are two examples, completely unrelated. A client grew up in Denmark as the only boy...
Life is narrative - Monday, January 30th 2012 10:12 AM
A local conference recently had a session entitled Life As Narrative. The title fit well with what this space is all about.We've been promoting the narrative of life - personal...
Personal Histories are official! - Monday, January 9th 2012 9:34 AM
Personal histories are now officially cool. And don't take our word for it, just ask ancestry.com.A January newsletter offered by the mammoth online genealogy site...
Holiday time! - Monday, December 12th 2011 10:22 AM
The annual Christmas holiday season is approaching quickly in my part of the world and it's interesting to see how the traditions of the season have changed little in form over...
Personal historians speak! - Monday, December 5th 2011 7:39 AM
Why write your story? That's the theme of this space, and the arguments for picking up pen, tape recorder or turning on keyboard just continue.From Association of Personal...
History counts! - Monday, November 28th 2011 9:44 AM
The bicentennial is coming up of the outbreak of the War of 1812 when the United States declared war on Great Britain and tried unsuccessfully to...
Writing your story gets popular! - Monday, November 7th 2011 9:30 AM
People who wonder why they should tell their life story could take a cue from New York Times columnist David Brooks. He's looking for personal stories to help fill up...
Who ya gonna call? - Monday, October 31st 2011 9:17 AM
 Apologies to the old 1980s movie Ghostbusters, but who are you going to call to help tell your story? The last few entries here tried to explain the benefits of...
Who gets what from a personal history IV - Monday, October 24th 2011 9:27 AM
So what value is a personal history to society in general? In the last in this series, we again credit Angela Zusman from a March 2011 discussion at an Association of...
Who gets what from a personal history III - Monday, October 17th 2011 9:41 AM
We've been listing the values of personal histories and who gets what benefit from them. Not only are they valuable to individuals and families but also to communities. In...
Who gets what from a personal history II - Monday, October 10th 2011 9:46 AM
 What is a personal history worth to a family or an organization? Again some insights from Angela Zusman from discussions at a March 2011 presentation to the Norcal...
Who gets what from a personal history 1 - Monday, October 3rd 2011 9:28 AM
This space is generally devoted to the merits of personal histories and why people should do them. Don't just take our word, take it from others. Here, from the Fall...