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Crestleaf says you should read this blog

Crestleaf says you should read this blog

If a well-respected genealogical website said you should read this blog (and 13 others), would you follow instructions?  I hope so, since that’s what Crestleaf’s blog is saying.

In my new favorite post, Crestleaf lists 14 Blogs You Might Not Be Reading but You Should! Of course, it should be pointed out, that when it comes to Crestleaf, I’ve been preaching more…

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Making your stories public: How Much to Share

Making your stories public: How Much to Share

There’s sharing and then there is sharing. One of the more difficult decisions memory collectors and memoirists make is how public we want to make our stories.

Making your stories public can be difficult. Sharing everything is akin to living life out on a public stage and can make sharing your imperfections hard. I remember watching The Jetson’s as a child more…

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Community Learning and Storytelling

Community Learning and Storytelling

Dear Myrtle, “Your friend in Genealogy since 1955,” was the would-be storyteller’s friend on her February 25, 2015 Wacky Wednesday show (embedded below). And, as the guest on her show, I got a great taste of community learning.

If you’re not a family history buff, you might not be familiar with Dear Mrytle and her “Cousin Russ.”(If you are into genealogy, more…

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Stupid Cows and Receiving Moments of Clarity

Stupid Cows and Receiving Moments of Clarity

Life lessons are theoretically wisdom we’ve gleaned by doing things the hard way. At some point along our journey of colliding with reality, we arrive at an “ah-ha” moment. Explaining how you gained moments of clarity is a great way to connect with loved ones. (See also my book, Lessons Learned and Are You Older and Wiser?).

However you received your more…

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Are Stereotypes Bad for Stories?

Are Stereotypes Bad for Stories?

Are stereotypes bad for stories? Do we want our readers to type cast us—or the loved ones we write about—as simple stereotypes? Or do stereotypes help us build a setting for a story?
Breaking the Stereotypes: Steel Magnolias and Cast Iron Camellias
Stereotypes seem like a cop-out when it comes to describing people, because they are. However, when you use them as more…

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Who Inspires You?

Who Inspires You?

Roots Tech 2015 (#Rootstech) opened with the question “Who inspires you?” Video clips showed various individuals naming famous heroes. After a few minutes, the answers segued into naming family members. It was a nice way to start thinking about how we introduce our family members. Not just who inspires us, but why or how they inspire.

I felt a pang—missing my more…

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