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pocket watches 436567 1920 199x300 - APH Weekly Blog Roundup: Truth in Memoir, A Chat with APH President, and a Question of TimeThere are several concerns most people have when documenting their stories and two of them are up for discussion in this week’s roundup of blog postings by members of the Association of Personal Historians.

Pam Pacelli Cooper of Verissima Productions talks about some interesting archiving experiences in Saved from Extinction: An Adventure in Archiving.

“Thirty heavy cans of film, each 24 inches in diameter, over 1200 feet of film in each can. Blues musicians captured in their homes, in the basement of a barbecue place in Memphis, Tennessee, and a juke joint in Clarksdale, Mississippi. For 40 years, my partner had been carting them from apartment to apartment, house to studio, knowing they contained precious slices of musical history, but unable to find a way to bring them to light.” (continued)  

Nancy Shohet West, journalist, essayist, and memoir writer, asks us to consider truth in memoir writing in Origin Story? Or Origin Myth?

“A 92-year-old client recounts an event from her ancestry that she considers her origin story, a reflection of the quality of courage that has informed her life. But the facts of the story don’t quite ring true to me. Does it matter if an origin story is actually an origin myth?” (continued)

Steve Pender of Family Legacy Video gives us another Life Story People Podcast in Meet APH President Stephanie Kadel Taras.

“APH starts 2017 with a new president: Stephanie Kadel Taras. Stephanie is a long time personal historian and APH member. She has more than twenty years of experience as a professional interviewer and writer.” (continued)

Bruce Summers of Summoose Tales has written a moving piece about his mom’s final days in How Much Time Do You Have, Mom?

“Mom had not been conscious for four or more days. She had eaten little the week before and stopped taking fluids. But she was resilient, just like her Mom before her.” (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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