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This week’s roundup of blog postings from members of the Association of Personal Historians asks some compelling questions about stories and treasures and how we honor them. 

Susan Hood of Remarkable Life Memoirs shares a heartwarming story of a lost treasure in The Baby Book.

“It was probably in the early ’80s when I wandered into a local bookstore a few blocks from my little apartment in New York. I had nothing but time then and seemed to spend a lot of it poking around second-hand bookstores and thrift shops. I walked out of the store that day with a baby book from the 1920s—partially filled out—commemorating the first year of a child’s life.” (continued)

Mary Patricia Voell of Legacies: Family & Organizational Historians discusses the journey of stories in Where Will All the Stories Go?

“In the article, P.L. Travers asked van der Post, “Where do the stories go?” He responded not by answering the question directly, but by reinforcing our mission as personal historians, saying that we “can’t ask what we can do to get them back but know only that it has to be done.”” (continued)

Sarah White of True Stories Well Told talks about the feedback process when writing a memoir in How to Give Feedback.

“We all arrive at moments in our writing process when we want to share our work for feedback. It’s hard to find good readers, hard to give useful feedback, and hard to revise based on feedback that leaves you confused or uncertain what direction to go next.” (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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