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Imperfect Memory & Telling Family Stories

Imperfect Memory & Telling Family Stories

The fallibility of memory has been getting increased attention in the press lately. Eyewitness identifications, for example, have been found to be erroneous.

No doubt, the legal implications of imperfect memory are far-reaching. But how does our memory’s malleability impact the family storyteller? How does it affect the memories you preserve?
Telling the Stories with Inaccuracies
Family stories will no doubt have small more…

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How to Write about Feeling like an Outsider

How to Write about Feeling like an Outsider

Feeling like an outsider?

Most of us have been the odd man out in some community. Accounts of feeling like an outsider are wonderful ways to connect with loved ones. Writing about how you coped, adjusted, or gained acceptance can lend insight for family members that might feel like an outsider themselves.
Past or Present Tense
Your feelings matter. If feeling like an more…

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Writing about Memories vs Memoir Writing

Writing about Memories vs Memoir Writing

Memoir writing and writing about memories have a lot in common. Both are introspective, healing projects. Here’s how writing about memories is an easier project.
It’s Easier to Get Started
It’s easier to start writing about your memories. The process of memory collection is much less formal than memoir writing. Though the quality of the memories and stories may be the same, more…

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Writing Through Glasses: How Personality Filters Stories

Writing Through Glasses: How Personality Filters Stories

What glasses do you wear?

We’re all writing through glasses of some sort. Our world-view, personality, and life experiences affect our writing.[1] Intentionally or not, we provide readers with a filter or lens.

This means that when you write about your memories, your writing is the filter through which your loved ones will come to understand the episodes of your past.

Perhaps the more…

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Share Slave Information from Family Trees

Share Slave Information from Family Trees

I’m excited to introduce Valerie Hughes, today’s guest poster. Valerie, a professional genealogist, recently gained insight about what to do with slave information you encounter during your family tree research.

Will You Take The Challenge?  Share Slave History from your Family Tree.

About two months ago, I joined a Black Ancestry Group on Facebook. You may think this is an odd thing more…

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Writing about Hometown Memories Made Easy

Writing about Hometown Memories Made Easy

We usually define “home” as a building. It’s our childhood home, or grandma’s house, or another place where we felt safe to grow. However, our hometown memories also play an important role in our stories. Even if you moved frequently, chances are that the towns and cities of your past still have a special place in your heart.

As you look more…

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Laura-Square

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I'm passionate about telling stories and connecting with others. I came by that passion honestly; my grandmother, Hazel Crymes, wrote throughout her life. However, Grandma wrote in secret; I believe in sharing. Read more....
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Memories of Me ~ A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life coming in May 2014 under Cedar Fort's Plain Sight imprint. Book release coming in 18 days Read more...

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