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Thanksgiving Traditions: What? No Mashed Potatoes?

One year, my husband and I decided to change our customary Thanksgiving dinner foods. Instead of turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy, we had Italian Sunday dinner foods like braciole and baked ziti and broccoli rabe. That did not go over too well. “But where’s the...

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Why Do We Want to Tell Our Story?

It has long been said that our greatest desire, greater even than the desire for happiness, is the hope that, in the end, our lives mean something. Isn’t that what we do, at least at some very personal level, as we live out each day? Many throughout history, including my...

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APH Conference 2016: A Look Back – and Ahead

It’s the last day of the 2016 APH Conference, “Kick it Up,” and as I wrap up to head home, I am reflecting on the events of this week. It’s amazing to me how often the word “kick” is used to describe our daily actions. For example, “kicking back”...

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APH Conference 2016: Thought About Audio?

This morning I led a workshop at the APH annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas, “Add Audio to Your Repertoire.” Audio is the little guy in the personal history world, so it was great to see a full room. A few veterans were there and a lot of first time conference attendees. It brought...

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APH Conference 2016: My Print Journey

Over the years I have for the large part focused on video projects, but recently I became involved in a large print project encompassing many stories, each with its own sub-plot and cast of characters. There are many facts to keep track of, including hundreds of documents, writings, and audio...

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APH Conference 2016: Kicking Up the Value

Tears and laughter traced new paths and old, escaping from the groups of three. Heads tilted with the effort of intentional listening. Eyes rested on faces, watched for nuance, sought the moment of revelation. Voices broke softly or brayed in bravado mode as they shared tales. Our assignment was...

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APH Conference 2016: Video Share Preview

Don’t miss the 2016 VideoShare Roundup at this year’s APH Convention! Mosey on down to the Ft. Worth Sheraton Monday evening from 8-10. I have put together an hour of clips from nine of the best personal history films APH members have created in the past year. You’ll have a...

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