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Managing Your Photo Collection – Part One

A Workflow for Finding and Preserving Your Images Your photographs are not just files and folders; they’re your family memories.   If you haven’t lost them by accident or tragedy, consider yourself lucky.  I was not so lucky. Since tragedy struck some of...

Tips for Writing Memories

Start Writing your Memories   In a previous post, I talked about the difference between memoir and biography.  Whether you are writing biography or memoir, starting is the most important action to take. The most important thing is not to wait. Collect the memories...

Is a Memoir a Biography?

Hello, my story-happy friends! In writing circles, a memoir, pronounced “Mem-wahr”, is a form of non-fiction writing. Memoirs are narratives of someone’s personal experience.  I rather like the vintage French roots of the word, defined as “something written to be kept...

Stolen Christmas

As Christmas Eve approaches, it reminds me that my parents always took my sisters and me to midnight mass when we lived at home. My mom was a devout Catholic, and she loved celebrating with all the rituals, including witnessing the pomp and circumstance of the solemn...

An Imaginary Friend

How I got unstuck from “Writer’s Block”  Do you want to start saving some of your life stories, but don’t know where to begin? After all, at this point on your timeline, there are a ton of events behind you.  You might be asking, “Should I start...

3 Tips for Capturing Stories from Stubborn Relatives

Do superstitions about death make it hard to ask elders for their stories?  I met a young mother while dropping my grandson off at his preschool the other day.  We were chatting a little about the sweet stories that children this age tell us about their day.   I...

Our Memorial Day Message

This Memorial Day we pay tribute to our fallen veteran’s contributions to American freedom. It reminds us that the phrase “Freedom isn’t Free” is not just words, but a value.  With this value, some very important things have been accomplished...

Our New Logo!

New Design!   –  This week we are excited to share our new web design and logo!  We hope this will help you to better discover valuable information and services. The open-hand represents the precious holding of stories that are shared.  The memories we capture...

Extraordinary Influence

Have you lost, or lost touch with, someone who was an extraordinary influence on your life? How do you hold onto that influence, long after they’re gone?  Writing and speaking your thoughts about that person can bring them back into a view for you. The following...

Top Tips for Finding “Buried” Treasure

Discover “buried” treasure when downsizing, decluttering, or purging items from a household or estate. Did you know? Past generations (and even some present ones) often had the habit of squirreling away and hiding treasure in the home.  It’s smart to...
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