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Creating an Oral History of Your Family: Step by Step

Wall Street Journal | Barbara Sadick | November 14th 2020

Many of us think about preserving a piece of family history by making a video or audio recording of precious stories told by a parent, grandparent or other relative. But there’s a lot more to...

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Telling Their Life Stories, Older Adults Find Peace in Looking Back

New York Times | Susan B. Garland | December 9th 2016

ISABELLA S. BICK’S parents, both Jewish physicians, never talked about the past after the family moved from Fascist Italy to the United States in 1939. She was 8 at the time and quickly learned it was...

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Have a Story to Tell? Your Personal Memoirist Is Here

New York Times | Alina Tugend | August 31st 2016

Isaac Ehrlich, 74, wanted his children and future generations to know the story of his mother, Sonia. Her life story is woven through the tragedies of the 20th century. She lost 40 relatives in the...

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The Stories That Bind Us

New York Times | Bruce Feiler | March 15th 2013

I hit the breaking point as a parent a few years ago. It was the week of my extended family’s annual gathering in August, and we were struggling with assorted crises. My parents were aging; my wife and I were...

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Helping Older Adults
Find Meaning and Purpose Through Storytelling

Katie Scott, BSN, RN; and Jacqueline Kayler DeBrew, PhD, APRN, BC

The purpose of this article is to describe a storytelling project that was designed to help community-dwelling older adults find meaning and purpose in their lives

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Studies and Research that Prove the Benefits of Family History

Inspire Family History | Shenley Puterbaugh

This study was done by Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush of Emory University and Jennifer Bohanek of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They studied...

 
POEMS

Make the Ordinary Come Alive

William Martin

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.

Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart

Courtney Peppernell

You can’t skip chapters, that’s not how life works. You have to read every line, meet every character. You won’t enjoy all of it. Hell, some chapters will make you cry for weeks. You will read things you don’t want to read, you will have moments when you don’t want the pages to end. But you have to keep going. Stories keep the world revolving. Live yours, don’t miss out.

The Invitation

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive...

The Dash

Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years...