Traditionally, beauty is something flawless and unmarred. However, when it comes to writing your stories, such perfection is boring. (That’s why I avoid it at all costs!) Telling meaningful stories is a process of finding beauty in the scars and sharing it with others.
We have a natural tendency to cover our scars. Perhaps it comes from our need to protect more…
Share this articlePosted on November, 20, 2014
Family gatherings are the perfect time to start conversations that matter —and to collect stories. After the bird or ham has been carved and the casserole dishes scraped empty, we loosen our belts. And, often, we loosen our tongues.
This holiday, as Aunt Ida and Grandpa start to exchange familiar stories, make the most of the time with your loved ones. more…
Share this articlePosted on November, 17, 2014
What is your family story? As much as we talk about the importance of passing down family history, we seldom define what that a family story is. Is your family story a compilation of all the individuals’ on your family tree? Is a story that takes place under one roof? Alternatively, is it a story that took place over generations?
Share this articlePosted on November, 11, 2014
Exploring the concept of retouching the past brought an odd memory of my paternal grandmother to mind. At the time, it seemed like a little thing. In retrospect, however, it was the spark that started conversations and led to the telling of less than flattering stories.
My sister and I were sitting on grandma’s front porch, helping her snap beans. Like more…
Share this articlePosted on November, 7, 2014
We’re in an age of retouched photos. We remove blemishes and correct lighting and exposure. We can even remove wrinkles, whiten teeth, and eliminate extra chins. We can… But should we?
Retouching the Past or Telling Who We Are?
When we write our memories and stories, retouching the past is tempting—maybe even necessary. Retouching stories, just like re-touching photos, can be a more…
Share this articlePosted on November, 4, 2014
When you’re writing about your past, how do you predict how family will react to your stories? Anticipating loved ones reactions can help you decide what to share and with whom you want to share it.
Sunny Morton recently brought up this point as we were recording a podcast for Genealogy Gems (link coming soon). Some people write what they view more…
Share this articlePosted on October, 28, 2014
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