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... read more

Things That Matter: The Secret of the Silver Cup

The ornate silver cup had been handed down to my husband at his birth, inscribed with his name and birthdate. When our son was born, we added his name and date of birth. But the baby cup had a previous owner. The original inscription had always puzzled us: etched... read more

Online Personal History Grows When It Gets Personal

The popularity of TV programs like Finding Your Roots, Who Do You Think You Are? and Genealogy Roadshow proves there is broad interest in family history. Is it time for technology to play a starring role? It seems like an idea whose time has come: the Cloud-based... read more

Questions I Wish I Could Ask My Great Grandparents

My great grandfather, Captain William John Spells, Master Mariner, was born in 1858 at Port Adelaide, a mere twenty years after South Australia was founded. Like his father before him, with saltwater in his veins, Will worked as a cabin boy for his father, Captain... read more

Connecting Generations Through Football

Do you ever think about what you would include in your life story? If you were to share your story with someone in only a couple of hours, what would you include? Would you include your likes and dislikes? Your travel adventures? Your hobbies? Stories about starting a... read more

Am I More Than My Stuff?

An article by writer and journalist Lee Randall has been going around with my friends on Facebook. In “For the Love of Stuff,” Randall makes an argument for keeping all the things that make us who we are. But recently, my husband and I started... read more

How Much Time Do You Have, Mom?

Mom was breathing really hard, but she was still alive. She had waited for us. 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... read more

I Forgot I Remembered That!

Memory is a sly creature. It creeps up on you. You think you have it by the tail, but you turn your focus for a split second and the little bugger has gotten away! “Oh! I just had it!” We say, but it is gone again. Memory is one of the most common... read more
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