Where Will All the Stories Go? Part 2

Recently at a networking meeting, a woman mentioned that an album created for a deceased loved one was put into the casket—for safe keeping. That was a new one for me.    Before printing, before virtual communication, stories were kept alive orally.... read more

Where Will All the Stories Go?

When I was considering this post, I recalled an article with the same title that I had clipped many years ago. The article, from the March 2015 issue of Parabola, was a conversation between writer P.L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins) and Laurens van der Post,... read more

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

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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