We have quite a few blog posts from members of the Association of Personal Historians! This week’s collection of posts asks us to consider elements of our story we might overlook as well as unique approaches to sharing them.

Nancy Shohet West, journalist, essayist, and memoir writer shares an excited new adventure in A Book of Birth Stories.

“An acquaintance who had just given birth in the back seat of her own car wanted to know: could I change course and write about newborns instead of seniors? It turned out I could! It took twice as long to gestate as an actual baby, but after 18 months, the collection of birth stories is done!” (continued)

Lisa Kagan of Family Heirloom Arts says, “when figuring out which stories to tell, go where your passion is” in Find Your Passion, Tell Your Story.
“One of the first things that a lot of my clients and students will ask me when they are embarking on the process of creating their own illustrated family heirloom book is, “How do I chose which stories to tell?”” (continued)
 
Ruth Anne Uhl of The Cheerful Word answers important questions in How Much Should You Pay for Help Writing Your Memoir?
“Personal historians are professionals who help everyday people preserve your life stories. Your imprint on the world matters to a lot more people than you probably know.” (continued)
Dawn Roode of Modern Heirloom Books gives us some great options for gifts in The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever: Memories.
 
“The best Mother’s Day gift is the one Mom really wants: Memories! Ideas for bringing mom’s memories to life in a most unique heirloom book she will always cherish.” (continued)  
Pam Pacelli Cooper of Verissima Productions shares her thoughts on the simple routines of our lives in Your Daily Show: The Liberation of Routines.
 
“Riding the train from Cambridge to Downtown Boston has become a lonely business over the last 5 years. The once lively cars have quieted down as passengers dive ever more deeply into reading their texts and e-mails and zoning out to the music pulsing through their ear pods.” (continued)
Marjorie Turner Hollman, personal historian, asks some important questions when it comes to our own origins in What is Your Family Origin Story?
 
““Where did you grow up?” That’s a common question in New England, where I live. The expectation, at least in my town, is that you likely grew up here, or in a nearby town. I’ve grown to anticipate the surprise on the person’s face when I explain that I grew up over a thousand miles from here, in sunny South Florida.” (continued)

 

Are you an APH member with a recent blog post to share?

For instructions on how to submit your blog post to the APH Blog Round-Up, please contact me at [email protected]

To find a personal historian in your area, please visit the Find a Personal Historian page on our website.

 ~APH: The Life Story People~

 

 
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Shannon Stallone

Shannon Stallonejoined the Association of Personal Historians in 2014 and began her business as a Personal Biographer providing services to the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent more than twenty years in the social services field working with individuals with developmental disabilities and the elderly. This work not only enhanced her listening skills but bolstered her belief that everyone truly does have a story to tell.
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