This week’s collection of blog postings by members of the Association of Personal Historians discusses the different ways we are connected and shares personal stories to prove it.

Marjorie Turner Hollman, personal historian and freelance writer, posts a heart warming story about her father in A Question and A Story.

“You know, my dad was lucky. Three months before he died, Dad sat in his living room watching four of his teen grandchildren gathered on the floor around him, reading chapters of his soon-to-be-published memoir. ” (continued)


Sarah White of True Stories Well Told presents a guest post about beauty and connectedness in The Extreme Beauty of January 21, 2017.

“I wish I could personally thank every man, woman, and child who participated in the worldwide Women’s March protests on January 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as 45th president of the United States.” (continued


Pam Pacelli Cooper and Rob Cooper of Verissima Productions post episode 10 of their Life Preserver Podcast Exploring Black History & The Margaret Walker Center.

“In honor of Black History month, a podcast about famed writer and poet Margaret Walker, oral histories of the civil rights movement, and more…with Dr. Robert Luckett of Jackson State University.” (continued)


Michele Trent of Remembered Well discusses ways we connect in Connecting Generations Through Football.

“It’s hard to whittle down a well-lived life into a highlight reel. And yet we all innately are able to do this. We blur out much of the detail of the mundane and share those things that truly shaped us or bring us happy remembrances. I suppose that’s why I would include my love of football as part of my life story.” (continued)


Pam Pacelli Cooper of Verissima Productions shares a family story in The Things She Carried: Treasures of the Mundane.

“She always called it her “old lady bag.” When my mother in law’s purse wore out, after 10 or 15 years of hard use, she asked for another one. It was not easy to find. Black, sturdy, short handles to be gripped with the hand rather than slung over the shoulder.” (continued)


Nancy Shohet West, journalist, essayist, and memoir writer asks a very important question in Unanticipated benefits: What Happens to my Clients Once Their Memoirs are Done?

“I had thought the reasons to write a memoir were straightforward: to commemorate the details of your life story. But then my memoir clients started telling me about the unexpected outcomes and benefits of finishing their project.” (continued)

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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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