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Writing Personal and Family Stories

Coming Soon – A sister website and blog devoted to another passion: personal and family stories.

Do you have a box or a drawer full of photos that are unidentified? Are the photos in your albums, on Facebook, or on your computer identified and labeled?

Do you have items that are important to you because they connect you with the past and people you love?

Are you a collector (some might say “hoarder”) of Christmas, birthday, graduation, congratulations and other greeting cards because of the handwritten messages they contain?

Do you hold on to items from your children’s (or grandchildren’s) past because you can’t make yourself let them go?

Do you save letters, poems, and other written treasures from family members older than you?

Are you a scrapbooker? What does that mean to you today? (We all know that scrapbooking has evolved over the years.)

Are you a journaler? Writer or teller of stories or anecdotes?

Do you enjoy taking photographs, audio and/or video recordings of people you love and the events they celebrate?

Are you the designated “family historian” in your family and are you comfortable with that role?

Would you appreciate (today) knowing more about the stories of your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents? Are you saddened that they didn’t write down their own, and neither did anyone else?

Are you busy? Do you have enough time to take another selfie? To comment on someone’s comment about your own or someone else’s politics, or religion, or job satisfaction? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one.)

If you see yourself in any of these questions, you might be interested in our sister blog and website, “Who Will Tell Your Stories?”.

It is coming soon and will help guide you from the more general “saving our memories” as reflected in your (and my own) sometimes haphazard attempts to hold on to our past for those who follow us. (The reality has been and will, unfortunately, continue to be that much of what we have saved will be sold at a garage sale, passed down to relatives who won’t understand its importance, given to charity, or thrown in the trash.)

We will examine what you have and what to do with it and then move to the more specific goal of creating and saving the stories that our collections represent.

This will not be a blog/website about writing the memoir or family history.  There are many books that will lead you in that direction and I will share some that have been helpful to me.  This is a “first step” blog, leading to the “second step”, the “third step”,  and eventually to discussion about what story is and how we can create and use it to pass our memories on to others.

I look forward to seeing you there soon!