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Life Story Writing Promotes Understanding

“Writing is a powerful search mechanism, and one of its satisfactions is that it allows you to come to terms with your life narrative. It also allows you to work through some of life’s hardest knocks – loss, grief, illness, … Continue reading

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Life Review Impacts Our Present and Future

A recent post on the Association of Personal Historians (APH) listserv reminded me again of how valuable life story writing is to the person doing the remembering and the writing. As personal historians we often emphasize the importance of leaving … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize for Literature goes to Oral Historian

With the selection of Russian oral historian Svetlana Alexievich for the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Nobel committee has given recognition and a huge stamp of approval to the work done by personal historians everywhere. Through this decision, the … Continue reading

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Documenting Your Legacy of Wisdom

Recently, there has been considerable discussion amongst people in the personal history realm about the subject of legacy letters (sometimes called ethical wills).  What are these? Basically, they are documents in which individuals share the important values, lessons, and stories they wish to … Continue reading

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The Forgiveness Project

I have recently become aware of an UK based organization called the Forgiveness Project that uses real life stories from people all over the world to explore the experience of forgiveness in situations of violence and abuse.  The aim of … Continue reading

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Write a Story as Interesting as the Life You Have Led

Dawn Thurston, a fellow member of the Association of Personal Historians, recently shared some excellent techniques for making our life stories as interesting as possible.  Dawn has been teaching life story writing for 20 years so she knows what makes … Continue reading

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Interesting Thought

I recently came across the following quote: “The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.” – A. Whitney Brown A profound thought, don’t you think?  Documenting our life stories makes us part of the grand tapestry of … Continue reading

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Custodians of History

I recently read an article in my local newspaper about two women, one French and one American, who are considered to be the oldest humans on the planet. Both are 115 years old. The article emphasized how much history these … Continue reading

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Your Life Stories are Important

If you are like me, you often think of people who played an important role in your life who are now gone.  There are so many questions you wish you had asked but you were too young or two busy … Continue reading

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David Suzuki writes “Letters to my Grandchildren”

David Suzuki’s latest book is titled “Letters to my Grandchildren”.  According to a recent article in the Times Colonist, Suzuki decided to write this book following a trip to Japan where he tracked down information about his grandparents and realized … Continue reading

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