Start with a family photo history, with captions! Reminiscence, simply recalling events or periods of one's life, is only one aspect of a life review; although it can be therapeutic, it is usually not evaluative. To order specific photos visit the online store. Daniel Jones, Modern Love, NY Times, , drawn from a study by psychologist Arthur Aron and others that "explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions.
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More than have now been collected. Photographer Irina Werning's wonderful pairings of old photos and later variations adult reenactments. Finding vintage music from a particular year or place Finding photos and other images Scanning photos, documents, and other images Organizing and preserving photos, making personal photohistories Preserving your family treasures archiving, conservation, and preservation this section has its own table of contents Timelines, family history, genealogical and other historical resources this section has its own table of contents Doing oral histories or video interviews this section has its own table of contents Oral history collections online Audio recording and editing equipment, software, tools and tutorials for recording and editing interviews Books to help you get started writing your own or someone else's life story in several categories: And then part 2 , part 3 , part 4 , and part 5. Roode, Modern Heirloom Books, We all take pictures of the milestones, big and little:
I was honour-bound really to dig deep and bring memories, perhaps, that had been suppressed for a long time, that I would have preferred, perhaps, to remain in the sediment of my life.
But having done that and having got through this process, I now feel so much better. I've really forgiven people in my life and forgiven myself. And I feel much lighter because of it. So the process has been wonderful.
And I'm advising everyone I meet, all of my friends and everybody - people in the street, 'Write your own book. Ultimately, memoir writing is about giving a piece of oneself to history.
Pat's legacy reunion group. Stanley says he feels certain now, is that he never changed. My Life and Times , written with Eddie Dean. My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History , ed. Read a review here. Spanning more than a century, these intriguing reflections of personal as well as global social and political history are told in the unique voice and viewpoint of each storyteller.
Each selection is a song of self; some have perfect pitch, some the waver of authenticity. All demonstrate the power of the word to salvage from the onrush of life, nuggets worth saving. The Secret History of a Full-time Eater.
You never want to go back to black and white. I had never heard of StoryCorps. It was a gift. And I was happy to accept the gift. I think when we speak and hear our own words out loud and remember things behind the words and the feelings, it takes on a different meaning. So I became not only a speaker, but also the listener, of my own words. And it had a profound effect upon me. Radio interview with David Isay and some of the "ordinary people" interviewed through StoryCorps listen or read the transcript.
I can't stress enough how different it is to write about the real and the unreal. When I started writing my memoir my whole metabolism changed. I'd just turned 50 and I assumed it was just age, but I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning and I had the most delicious lie-ins of my life! It was just sheer emotional exhaustion, I now realise. Communing with your significant dead is what it amounts to, and that is an exhausting thing. Not unpleasant, but still hard work. By better understanding how life stories are built, this work suggests, people may be able to alter their own narrative,in small ways and perhaps large ones In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage.
We remember a vivid person, a remark, a sight that was unexpected, an occasion on which we felt something profoundly. The rest falls away. We become more exalted in our memories than we actually were, or less so. The interior stories we tell about ourselves rarely agree with the truth. People do it all the time: Will Word 6 be readable? The one that bugs me more than anything else is that.
One regret I have: I didn't get as much of the family history as I could have for the kids. What could there possibly be beyond the happy-go-lucky guy who so effortlessly charms everyone? Well, let me tell you that I expected the laughs. I didn't expect the tears. And by the time we finished he had made me realize that he is one of the most fascinating people to ever strap on a helmet. But as we went along I realized that it was actually a funny kind of therapy.
I told Joyce things that I hadn't told another living soul except my wife Kim. Quick Links Writers and Editors site rich in resources for both. E-mail Pat pat at patmcnees dot com. View from the Grove down-to-earth blog of home manager Wendy, my niece in Utah. My Chosen People, by Abigail Rasminsky my goddaughter's modern story about an old holiday. Montana Horses blog Renee Daniels-Mantle, my cousin's daughter, writing about life among horses.
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Nieman Storyboard with links to good narrative nonfiction. Perpetual calendars and make your own. Personalized timelines for special occasions and lifestory writing. Check for drug interactions. Web pages that suck biggest Web design mistakes Fats, explained Robert L. Library elf nifty service for heavy users of libraries. Freecycle recycling goods locally. TerraServa get an aerial view of your neighborhood. New Formulas for America's Workforce: Girls in Science and Engineering.
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Thomas McNair Scott, pediatrician Obituaries and obit writing. Once we overcome shyness or modesty, however, we almost all enjoy reminiscing. As the years advance, a "life review" is particularly rewarding, but at any age it can be a great pleasure and an amazing source of insights.
If you're one of the younger members of your family, take my word for it: You may not be eager to hear family stories now, but eventually you will. Having those voices on tape, having the stories behind those photographs preserved, is a far more meaningful legacy in the long term than most other physical legacies.
And in the short term the material can enliven a special occasion, such as a major anniversary, birthday, or memorial service. Indeed, one way to improve the care an elderly patient receives in a hospital or nursing home is to write a brief history of their life and tape it to the door, making them a person with a story and not just another old patient.
An experienced interviewer with a good tape recorder can capture memories that your family will cherish for generations. If someone in your family has stories to tell, and can't tell them on their own, encourage them to work with an interviewer. Start with a family photo history, with captions!
Make a CD of it for everyone in the family. Don't put it off to the distant future. So often I hear people express regret about the stories they didn't get and wish they had now.
Keep it simple, but do it now! As a professional journalist with great curiosity about the lives of others, I've helped research and write several personal, family, and organizational histories. What can you expect when you hire someone to help you with all or part of yours? In general, we conduct interviews, have the interviews transcribed, organize and edit the material, help you find your "voice" if you're telling the story in your own voice , and generally help you capture the essence of your life story.
I am often hired by someone to capture the life story of a loved one. And it needn't be one person telling the story. Sometimes when stars in the family story were raised in the "never toot your own horn" tradition, I get others in the family or the company, or the field to tell part of their story. Nothing is more boring than mere bragging: It's just as interesting to hear that Grandpa, the successful businessman, habitually pocketed sugar packets from the restaurant as it is to hear that he spoke at banquets, and such details make his portrait more human.
The process of the life review is invariably therapeutic, especially for the elderly, and getting that life story recorded however humble or fancy the package is a wonderful gift to the next generation, and to the generations after that. A life story needn't be an ambitious project and can proceed in stages. You can start with interviews: Get those memories on tape while the memories are still there to be captured.
Get an elder to identify and tell stories about the people in those old photos. You can decide later if you want those interviews organized, edited, and transformed into a more polished manuscript and printed as a book. Or start by writing, and if writing is a chore, work with a writing coach or a personal historian--they can give you assignments and help you if you get stuck, or you can sit at a computer and write together, with them helping you remember and interpret what went on in your life.
Start with a timeline, a chronology. List all the important and not-so-important-but-memorable things that happened in the life of the person you are writing about. Use timelines like those I've provided links to, to help trigger memories. Looking through old photographs and memorabilia also helps trigger memories. See useful links below, in fairly random order.
Ordinary people, extraordinary lives As a professional writer, I have helped many ordinary people remember important life events, and find the shape of their life story, usually at the behest of someone else in the family.
The first gentleman whose life story I helped tell was an Ohio businessman in his late 80s, Warren Webster. Webster had lost both legs to diabetes, had lost his wife after 70 years of marriage, and was understandably depressed. As I wrote a story based on his interviews, I read it aloud to him, as his vision was failing. Webster was a factory worker who rose to the executive suite.
The story of his career reflected changes in American culture and in the transportation industry in the twentieth century, the chapter about his wife Mary's decades-long struggle with bipolar disorder offered a glimpse of American attitudes toward mental illness in midcentury, and his story was ultimately published as a book, An American Biography, for sale on Amazon. It became a wonderful memorial to his life. I am working now on a photohistory of a family that fled to California from Kansas in the dustbowl and Depression of the s.
Equally important to history, I think, are the memoirs of Dr. I spent many hours interviewing Tom with a view to helping him write his memoirs, for private publication for his family and friends. A delightful man with great curiosity and I learned from his former colleagues a gift for diagnosis, Tom had become a pediatrician early in the twentieth century, when pediatrics was just becoming a field in America; it wasn't yet a field in England.
Tom had a long, illustrious career teaching and practicing at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and elsewhere, and a long and happy marriage to Dwight McNair Scott, who did biomedical research. At the request and with the help of his children, Tom finished his memoirs shortly before his hundredth birthday, not long before his death see excerpts below.
Telling Your Story A wealth of articles, stories, websites, and other resources "There's always time There's a whole new line of one-person enterprises that help individuals and families tell their stories. Members of the Association of Personal Historians which folded in May will help you tell your life or company story--in print, audio, or video, or all three. Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear. Click on image to hear vet's story. Plus an article by Levene: Blasts from the past: At 50 and facing terminal cancer, Pam Fairmont made a video for her year-old son Connor.
So far, it's working. It's like nothing you've ever played before. It's called "Never Alone" or "Kisima Ingitchuna". And it wasn't developed by Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, or any of the other big game studios. A blog entry criticizing a Steve Denning video about radical management for not telling stories also offers a Storytest to see if you can spot a story.
Good site for insights into storytelling for businesses. When a hundred-year-old woman tells you she's writing her autobiography, you nod politely and think, "Yeah, right.
Contains a sentence that is hard to top: Clark, Opinionator, NY Times, That's when the magic happens. Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography , ed. You are trying to bring your reader and yourself into the text.
Photographer Irina Werning's wonderful pairings of old photos and later variations adult reenactments. A marvelous variation on personal history. Storytelling and listening can be a partial remedy in an era of constant noise.
Re touching lives through photos After the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Becci Manson and a global group of volunteer colleagues she recruited online helped clean and restore hundreds of damaged photos, mixed in the wreckage from the disaster. This TED talk is about that experience and process. Now a book -- see Maria Popova's story on Brain Picking , about the mortality paradox: It endured when they both entered Congress.
They met again in Congress, forming a bipartisan friendship that has endured into their 80s. Reardon, Chicago Tribune, The gifts he's treasured most have been the autobiographies his wife and kids wrote for him at his request. This video from My Special Book, a lovably productive Argentinean firm, shows how someone feels when the family puts together a tribute book. Watch their delighted and happy expressions. This is why personal historians love their work. See more such here. Why we can't stop writing about what we can't remember Cara Parks.
The problem of memory and memoir in an age when technology has both overcome and highlighted the limits of the human brain's capacity.
Three brothers were in the military: Real estate companies have also enlisted his services, hoping the narratives he uncovers will help give their brokers a slight edge in the market.
Daniel Mendelsohn's review of Ben Yagoda's Memoir: Butler, in Aging Today newsletter, Life review can result in resolution, reconciliation, atonement, integration and serenity. It can occur spontaneously, or it can be structured. Reminiscence, simply recalling events or periods of one's life, is only one aspect of a life review; although it can be therapeutic, it is usually not evaluative. I had 20 minutes to pack.
Sarah Doyel, Vox, The elementary school thought experiment became my reality. What could be important enough?
Late on the night of Monday, December 4, as fires raged near us in Southern California, I found myself asking the same question The Department of Homeland Security recommends keeping an emergency supply kit on hand at all times, one that includes water and non-perishable food, first aid materials, flashlights, and copies of documents like Social Security cards or birth certificates.
That box was the first thing to go into the cars. One project, Untold Stories Reminiscence Site of Untold Stories at Momentum Arts , funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, helped capture the lives and experiences of black and minority ethnic communities in Cambridgeshire.
Check out the box, Words to the Wise. My desire to do a personal biography would be to acknowledge my ancestry, honor my existence to my friends, colleagues, and those I love who are my family or I consider my family. But most of all, I want to capture myself. I want to be able to look back on my life and preserve the memories in case my brain cells refuse to cooperate and to retrieve on demand in the future. A hidden army of female cryptographers, played a crucial role in ending World War II.
A personal history in grease stains and pencil marks Ian Mosby, Globe and Mail, Author discovers in old cookbooks a neglected trove of history--particularly this one, with annotations for a woman's life. The two men, who last saw each other in a concentration camp, fulfilled a dream Sunday in Tamarac as they met again, thanks to a memoir that one wrote.
Each day Cowbird takes a photo and writes a short story to go with it. You can look these up by category: Curated stories , Most loved , With audio, , Most viewed, etc.
This is a place where stories pile on top of stories so that every object, every location, is imbued with the deepest stories. Mini-memoir as love letter. See story on All Things Considered: Within our intimate support group, we each have four basic survival archetypes: She writes about the basic four in Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential. Fran Morley, APH blog, Archaeologist Howard Carter made headline news around the world in when he uncovered the legendary tomb of King Tutankhamun, who ruled for just ten years before his death at about nineteen years of age.
Listen or read transcript. Doris's brother, Warren, is not so obscure. It's Still Me Sue Hessel, APH blog, , on helping dementia patients find and save their stories--and on helping caregivers see them as individuals and not their disease. We've heard many life stories, war accounts, prisoner of war nightmares and confessions that folks share before going to the grave.
Yet, I've never been vividly transported to the underworld of Prohibition She recalled her early life with the Shelton brothers, who ran East St. She writes that in most cases she'd rather read an essay about dressing for a funeral than about sitting there listening to the eulogy. To write a memoir, cultivate the habit of listening to yourself.
A mother's joy and a family's sorrow. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, has edited and annotated Shana Greatman Swers Facebook page to tell her story from pre-baby date nights to a medical odyssey that turned the ecstasy of childbirth into a struggle for life.
Times opinion page on reconnecting in cyberspace with high school friends whose memories of facts and events threaten to pollute our personal storyline. Sent a power bill, he appealed the charges. Strickland was adopted at 18 months and grew up in Cincinnati during s and 70s. After much searching, she found her birth family in This story about a reunion is one of many stories about adoption that you will find in the magazine Adoption Voices. Keep a journal about your kids' lives, suggests Brody, who is doing so.
Record them as soon as you think of it, because you never know. After his death, she learns of wartime kills her father could not tell his family about, despite awards he received for heroism. Wonderful way to gather random memories. But did I really need to keep plus 7 UP bottles and related memorabilia Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas. Now Taylor heads "Preserving the Past.
What they have in common. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies lets ordinary people come into the facility and interview each other in pairs, usually friends or family, about their personal history and experiences with larger historical and cultural events.
Imagine that you've just been told you have only a short time to live. What would you want your family and community to remember most about you?
Louis, a hospice program called Lumina helps patients leave statements that go beyond a simple goodbye. Here, for example, is the story of Sammy Rangel, a perpetrator and victim of violence --"I went into prison as a street punk and came out as a brutal leader with a killer mentality. Open my front door and the first thing you notice are books.
They line the walls, hover overhead, and stack up on tables. Each is a chunk of autobiography, a clue to who I was while reading it Students interviewed local people for oral histories and to capture and preserve crafts and other aspects of Appalachian culture.
Eliot Wigginton, who developed the Foxfire educational philosophy, gathered Foxfire articles into an anthology, The Foxfire Book: Emancipation freed nearly 4 million slaves. And for the first time in U. Watch the video to learn more. After World War II, tens of thousands of Japanese women moved with their new husbands, American soldiers, and assimilated into American culture. The Japanese War Brides. The social work and history departments at the University of South Florida designed a project to introduce the concept of "person-centered care": Working with a class of 22 undergraduates, 23 participants from a residential facility for seniors shared their life stories in various ways talking, creating a scrapbook, being videotaped for an oral history, etc.
A sixteen-year-old who has never sent a letter, wonders what it will be like to have no letters documenting his life -- as his digital records disappear. Scroll down and watch the video. Have a hankie nearby. On Sting's TED talk: History is filled with revivals, led by people who were reinvigorated for the future by a reckoning with the past.
Annie Payne, APH, Keep near your door for that natural disaster that forces you to leave home quickly. Annie tells how to organize. Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.
This video focuses more on her life story. To date, thousands of high schools from all 50 states have participated and preserved more than 75, interviews, providing families with a priceless piece of personal history. Because so many people wanted to take the class again, registration became restricted to first-timers. People who had taken the class before formed their own memoir writing groups.
In many parts of West Africa, the job of preserving people's stories is carried out by the griots, masters of words and music. Write the story of your life -- two pages at a time. I took Cheryl and Anita's trainer instruction course online and was surprised to find myself bonding with the other participants. Anita and Cheryl have stopped working together on the instructors training. I now lead Guided Autobiography groups in Bethesda, Maryland. Here are stories about other GAB groups, as members call them: Provides sensitizing questions which help participants write on life themes as opposed to life stages: Experiences with and about death.
Your spiritual life and values. Your goals and aspirations. More themes for Guided Autobiography groups. Now a retired archivist has uncovered their stories. Ruane, WaPo, The New York City-based unit was famous for its prowess in battle and the indignities it suffered at the hands of many white officers. Discrimination was so bad that the regiment was shunted off to fight with the French army and equipped with French helmets and French rifles, historians say. At the time, many Americans, including military leaders, believed African Americans lacked the intelligence and courage to fight The th proved the skeptics wrong and went on to achieve a remarkable combat record.
Maybe it will be a model for someone you know! This is a placeholder, as the link no longer works. Is the story available elsewhere? Sue Hessel, Association of Personal Historians blog, People represented in history texts were famous or were political and military leaders.
They were deployed to France to man the telephone switchboard when General John Pershing discovered that inexperienced doughboys were unable to keep him connected with troops under fire, only to be denied veterans' benefits upon return to civilian life. This is the story of their year fight for full rights.
Can't find the words, or the time, to record your life story? You can hire a ghostwriter or scrapbook artist to do the hard work for you.
Dianna Marder, Philadelphia Inquirer, philly. Nothing can be started if one decides that the task is mammoth and it cannot be taken up, says author and researcher C. Some people need more instruction about that--more rules. Peder Zane, NY Times, Digital devices and online services and service providers can help you leave a record of your life for younger and future generations, once you sort through it all.
This podcast series brings to life the "people's museum" of personal objects, family photos and more donated to the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Listen, for example, to Two family histories show how some stories are deeper than they appear. Some episodes led to unexpected places.
CBC News, Documents and developer's records found from the s appear to belong to a building designer. Listen to audio recordings. Goddard, who printed the signed copies of the Declaration of Independence, spelled her middle name or what she looked like.
His ride and the way he spelled his name was well documented because he became a journalist after the war and regaled and regaled the story. US Newspapers and the Holocaust What did American newspapers report about Nazi persecution during the s and s? It asks students, teachers, and history buffs throughout the United States what was possible for Americans to have known about the Holocaust as it was happening and how Americans responded. Participants look in local newspapers for news and opinion about 32 different Holocaust-era events that took place in the United States and Europe, and submit articles they find to a national database, as well as information about newspapers that did not cover events.
He Spent His Life in Theater. But Bana, her mother has told journalists, always understood that strangers were following her words. In those moments of fully immersed attention, we may absorb things, under the radar, that would normally pass us by or put us on high alert.
Later, we may find ourselves thinking that some idea or concept is coming from our own brilliant, fertile minds, when, in reality, it was planted there by the story we just heard or read. Why We Fall for It. Every Time by Maria Konnikova.
Excellent insights into the power of storytelling. Do you know what a Sunset Town is? Or how dangerous "driving while black" has always been? A company can position itself against giant competitors through storytelling. Without context, it's just stuff. She explains that it may take from a few weeks to a couple of years, and one client says that while he may at first be speaking to his parents, he is also talking about his life for his grandchildren and later heirs.
A hundred years later, Stepan Miskjian's granddaughter discovers her grandfather's long-long journals of trying to stay alive through the Turkish genocide of Armenians as World War I rages. This book alternates his memories of that horrible time well told and her story of retracing his steps not quite so interesting.
I was going to give birth, on my own, in the kitchen, in a matter of seconds. Victoria Costello's essay on storytelling approaches to illness narratives Nieman StoryBoard Costello the author of A Lethal Inheritance: A Mother Uncovers the Science Behind Three Generations of Mental Illness writes about illness narrative as an interactive experience, and about three common plotlines: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition , an investigative memoir by a Catholic woman raised in Costa Rica and California, about the secrets a family of Sephardic Jews kept to stay alive during and after the Inquisition.
The line that should be most closely tended is the line of trust between writer and reader. A wonderful series of blog posts by Julianne Mangin, author of Secrets of the Asylum: A Memoir of Madness and Family Secrets not yet published.
I transform the worthless into worthy, the bad into good, give permanence to the disposable through art. Each personal historian is different. Here's the program description. This Facebook campaign to identify people in a cache of lost family photos, became Lost and Found: One study looked at four themes in people's narratives: Agency Do you see yourself as able to influence and respond to events in yr life or are you battered by external forces?
Read the story to learn what they found. Later I would look at the photos I took and see the top of the truck just behind it. When we tell a story we exercise control, but in such a way as to leave a gap, an opening. It is a version, but never the final one. And perhaps we hope that the silences will be heard by someone else, and the story can continue, can be retold.
Her book, never intended for publication, ''just poured out,'' said Charley Kempthorne, a part-time farmer who taught a writing class at the Manhattan Adult Learning Center. One to America and a fortune making Maidenform bras. One to Israel, and sweat of the brow toil and settlement. One to misery and mass graves in the Holocaust. Look at me and tell me to my face why you should lynch me. Once she discovered that her grandfather had been a brutal SS officer during World War II, she decided to devote her life to digging into the truth.
Unlocking the secrets of her family showed Julie the worst, and then the best, of humankind. When I upgraded my iPhone last year, I kept the old one and, just to be safe, saved the messages to a digital voice recorder. I had a trove of verbal memories. A Primer for Environmental Historians and Others.
Citizens opposed opening of an I. Petersburg Times , in which Burroway describes what she learned about grief after her son Tim Eysselinck, a former Ranger and Army captain, committed suicide after finishing work in Iraq. Capturing your family history is a phone call away. Woolf comparing the theories of Erik Erikson and Robert Butler, both of whom conclude that "a positive resolution of the life review results in a reorganization of the personality.
First "fascinating and addictive" life stories prepare for a long read posted after David Brooks asked, on the NY Times Op Ed page If you are over Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations. There's also the more working-class sound of country music. Dialect experts say the city is really a hodgepodge of southern sounds, without the distinct features from places like New Orleans or Savannah.
They believe their lives matter, they have a sense of purpose that drives them forward, and they think their lives are coherent and make sense.
It sounds like a lot, but that last point is something you can do right now. People tell me the simple act of storytelling gives meaning, or can at least clear the path to it Making a narrative out of the events in your life provides clarity. It offers a framework that goes beyond the day-to-day.
And we all have the power to tell or to re-tell our life story in more positive ways. What a wonderful idea and event! Note what he did with their emails. This is an essay more than a review, but it's a good enough review that I've already ordered my copy of The Truth About Luck: Shortly before Connie Dunlap died in October, she sat in front of a camera focused in a tight close-up and talked about her faith and how it shaped her battle against cancer Ken Kurita of Videon Productions teared up as he showed a video taken of his father, Dr.
Kenji Kurita, who died in January. A daughter whose mother is 94 cares for the generations before and after her, living their lives and preserving their memories. Can a memoirist write with total honesty if she is worried about what her son might think? The book Shapiro doesn't want her son to hear her read from is Slow Motion: How will you be remembered after you die?
So you want to pay some attention to it while something can still be done. Bess Lovejoy, Mental Floss and here photos matter! But is anyone listening to Mormor? John took my life writing course, and his stories were excellent even then!
Better than roses Want to do something really special for your mom this Mother's Day? From birth, to marriage, to her son's early death. How one woman chronicled her life in a series of sketches Sabine Durrant, Daily Mail, Ann Frewer's book, Life, the Greatest Privilege , makes a lovely gift.
It was about honoring what we all overcome every day to be where we are Only after her father died did the Baltimore writer piece together her father's role in recovering Nazi plunder.
Great story; amazing photographs. Son and grandson ended up flipping through the pages for over an hour, and story after story rushed out. His grandson made a documentary of them. Then the stories about survival were often embroidered with lies and fabrication. The war was over, but we were different from other young people, quieter, more careful whom we talk to, feeling still unsafe. Many years passed, and now unexpectedly I found that there are others with similar pasts, and hidden memories.
While I can't be sure that I have added any days to those lives, I am certain that, for my subjects and their families, helping tell their stories has saved their lives by creating a little piece of immortality. I do know that telling my dad's story helped preserve his life and gave new meaning to my own. How reliable are our memories how close to the truth? The story, with photos. Pieced together from Movietone News footage made available by the Moving Image Research Collections at the University of South Carolina, this short film features interviews with elderly people across the US shot in Those funny tales and memories needn't fade with time and distance.
Mike Shatzkin, who blogs about publishing and digital change, posted this entry between engagements; it is a fascinating example of history made vivid through personal history. Both finally have the time to explore and try to overcome memories of bad times in their relationship, and both realize the time remaining to mend their ways is short. Hagerty, Wall Street Journal, Workshops on writing your own obituary are helpful if you worry that your survivors will leave out facts and details about your life that they often may not even know about -- or that they will fail to capture the essence of your life.
You can probably find a workshop or a writer near you, to help you write yours. Help your survivors by making this one task they don't have to do on their own in the stressful and too-short time after you've died. We can touch their surface, feel their weight. They do things that shape lives and events.
Those aluminum cups that we always pulled out for outdoor picnics The mixing bowls in the kitchen, the colored blocks we stacked as toddlers, the funnies from the Detroit Free Press. The other was a victim. How their grandsons now create art together. Memoirs used to be the territory of the famous, the intrepid, or the afflicted. Today, everyone's getting into the act, often with the help of a personal historian. Narrating, Navigating Adversity , about how we change our stories as life changes us.
The tales we tell hold powerful sway over our memories, behaviors and even identities, according to research from the burgeoning field of narrative psychology. Do check out these photos, and read about the project: Then one man got him talking. David Montero, Los Angeles Times, Only of the ship's crew made it out alive.
Sometimes memories are so painful that it takes patience and time to get the storyteller to let them unfold. Bruner and McGrath's book, , appears to be self-published--it's not an Amazon. Can someone provide publishing details? A trove of s report cards and the stories they tell Paul Lukas, Slate, a series that starts and continues in July How I found the report cards, and how they changed my life. Searching for Marie Garaventa 3.
Lucille Fasanalla saved the romper she made as a student at Manhattan Trade her whole life. Making stuffed animals for John and Caroline Kennedy.
Rose Vrana is She went to trade school in the s. I found her report card. Then I found her 7. Cook, Philadelphia Inquirer, philly. The result is a moving portrait of him. That is how I get through things. Roode, Modern Heirloom Books, We all take pictures of the milestones, big and little: But what of the everyday moments? The in-between that, really, is the essence of our lives?
Louis Post-Dispatch, May Then the whole episode became an exhibit. A New York Times investigation uncovers some of their stories and the failings of the system that put them there. How reminiscing and remembering the past helps seniors. Bohanek for Journal of Family Life Children benefit from knowing about their relatives. Parents, Not Snapshots, Are the Way for Kids to Capture and Benefit From Memories" "Early memories have a higher likelihood of surviving when children are encouraged to talk about them soon after the event.
Leiken, for her mother to answer each week. It then emails the questions to Ms. Mills, and when she replies, her answers go to her family and are stored on a website where they can read them privately. It is one of a handful of new companies focused on enabling people to collect their family histories. Jamison, Forbes, Capturing the founder's story of how a family firm developed and thrived, giving future generations a narrative and an account of core values, can help keep the family firm going.
He died at age 56 some 40 years ago, but the sculptures still live. Their Significance for Scholars by Jane F. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. State folklorist Claude Stephenson trimmed oral portraits down to words timed at 1. Very helpful for beginning personal historians and their clients. This story of women secretly recruited during WWII to calculate weapons' trajectories for fighting U.
See how she reacts. This might explain why when one member of an older couple experiences a drop in cognitive function, the other soon follows. Our memory systems are more of a shared resource than we realise. The patients often tell me that they've lost the thread of their own life stories: They can barely remember their pre-hospital lives and find it hard to imagine what might happen next.
On a good day, storycare helps them to reclaim their sense of wonder and suspense--and, surprisingly, laughter--even in the midst of their suffering. Here are answers to frequently asked questions. Steve Pender's blog entry about African concept that you are truly dead when you are no longer remembered.
Marcia Passos Duffy SeniorJournal. Writing anonymously, a happily pregnant but exhaustingly nauseated and hour "morning sick" young woman writes about the secrecy and denial with which countless women cloak their first trimester. Are we really trying to protect a woman from sharing that she had a miscarriage, signaling to her that this is something she should want to keep hidden?
Or are we trying to protect our culture from admitting that not all pregnancies are beautiful and easy and make it to term, and that that loss can be absolutely devastating?
You're more than the star and author of your own life story. You're also the spin master. How you tell your tale reveals whether you see yourself as victim or victor, even when your story veers from the life you lived.
There's a burgeoning effort among estate planners, educators and financial advisers to encourage older people to get their stories recorded. This story is about four personal historians who help make that happen. David Pogue, Pogue's Posts on Technology , writes about problems in deterioration, stickiness, poor storage quality, online storage sites going out of business overnight, technologies changing and equipment for reading data becoming obsolete.
Enjoy the videos, but for preservation, consider the book. In Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser invited Smith readers to describe their life in just six words. Smith College "What's Six? See more on Wikipedia. See also YouTube exercise to prep you for writing your own six-word memoir.
Students Rediscover the Fallen Michael M. A generation of Tom Clark's high school history students have been tracking down the families of Indiana's war dead and creating an archive of their stories. If even a hint of a digital afterlife is possible, then of course the person I want to make immortal is my father I have the option of allowing the Dadbot to converse with my family out loud, via Alexa though unnervingly, his responses would come out in her voice Fascinating article about the nature and relationship of memory and storytelling, and the fallibility and malleability of human memory.
Ann Banks, My Turn, Newsweek. Don't underestimate the power of storytelling. It got folks through the Depression. It can work now, too. The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: What Are the Twenty Questions? ESL teachers in a middle school in North Dakota give refugee students a chance to tell their stories of loss and violence, by giving them a place to feel safe and build trusting relationships. I don't mean the voice in your head that speaks to you about things you'd rather not hear, like 'get your butt to the gym,' or 'you need to call your mother.
For people with dementia, storytelling sparks rich and imaginative responses, even from those who have forgotten the names of their loved ones. In the palliative unit, I listen to life-stories, share tales of wisdom from around the world, and we laugh, too, despite the solemn setting. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Andrew Shaffer's excellent evaluation of the pros and cons of using the StoryCorps app for Oral History Review, Here's an interview with Studs Terkel , for example.
Five years ago the Hospital of Chartres started hiring a family biographer for patients in their oncology department. Peer-to-peer storytelling may help African-Americans deal with high blood pressure, according to a new study. Her process engaged not just the students but their parents, too. Every page is handwritten right on the spot. Then one day, it just does The caregiving is over, but instead of feeling relieved, I feel worse. Mike Finn's story of a surfboard on the front of a house being lost and finding its way home again to new owners.
In the hardcover edition of her father's story, she left out the photos, as they lied -- they captured who the family wanted to be, rather than who they were.
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The group "focuses on the day-to-day lives and experiences of women and encourages them to write stories ranging from difficult subjects such as rape, abuse and terminal illness to the seemingly mundane and hilarious. Montana Horses blog Renee Daniels-Mantle, my cousin's daughter, writing about life among horses. Scroll down and watch the video.
Life review can result in resolution, reconciliation, atonement, integration and serenity.
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