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Are you missing the point on Memorial Day? Memorializing Veterans

Are you missing the point on Memorial Day? Memorializing Veterans

Are you missing the point on Memorial Day? If you’re a memoirist, or memory collector, you might be.

We treat Memorial Day as a remembering day, not a memorializing day. And what better day could there be for memorializing?

Celebrating and remembering is great. So is hanging out your flag. But, if we want folks to remember the sacrifices that were made more…

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Laugh at Yourself -- Everyone Else Does

Laugh at Yourself -- Everyone Else Does

That misquote from B.J. Neblett didn’t go over so well with my mom when my Dad said it to her in the mid-sixties. Mom had a great sense of humor, but she didn’t like being teased. I often wonder if it’s because my uncle Joe teased her so much when they were young. Or was it her reaction to teasing more…

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My Mom, a Birthday Party, and Fairy-Tales

My Mom, a Birthday Party, and Fairy-Tales

Why Mom wanted to make my dreams come true and what that has to do with a birthday party.
A Mother’s Day Tribute: This mother’s day I decided to practice what I blog and write down one of my favorite memories of my mom.

The day of my Cinderella birthday party seems like a fairy-tale. That is if a story without more…

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Memories of Your First Home: Placing the Emotional Furniture

Memories of Your First Home: Placing the Emotional Furniture

When I first heard the prompt “Write about your memories of your first home,” my first reaction was, “Oh yeah, write about the place I can’t remember.” I wasn’t alone. The woman next to me offered aloud, “My first home after I got married?” She grew up as a military brat. She couldn’t even remember the number of home she more…

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Facing Ancestors’ Past & Not Liking What We See

Facing Ancestors’ Past & Not Liking What We See

We all saw Ben Afflecks’s embarrassment over his ancestor’s slave ownership splash across headlines. To me, the surprise wasn’t that he wanted Finding Your Roots to edit out that information. What surprised me was that the issue hasn’t come up sooner.

Ben Affleck isn’t the first one to look through his roots hoping to find royalty or framers of the constitution more…

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Connotative Words: Are You as Neutral as You Think?

Connotative Words: Are You as Neutral as You Think?

Are you as neutral as you think? By choosing connotative words, we often unthinkingly communicate things that we don’t mean to say.

Intentionally or not, we convey value judgments. Our word choices often carry with them an emotional connotation. When we call a personal “angry” versus “upset” or “rattled,” readers digest the connotation of those words along with the facts of more…

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