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Review: greetingStory by Pass It Down

It’s always exciting when the UPS truck stops at your house, isn’t it? Recently he stopped at my house and dropped off a package from Pass it Down. They sent us a preview of their new greetingStory line of cards. We had seen samples of these at RootsTech earlier this year, and now we have the opportunity …

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Family travel: expectation vs. reality

If you were lucky enough to grow up in the 80’s, you probably remember a series of family vacation movies. There was European Vacation, Summer Vacation and my personal favorite, Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase was the lead character and played the persistently-optimistic-in-the-face-of-disaster Clark Griswold. The movies started with visions of his idyllic vacation, and as …

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Storytelling might be bad for academia but it’s good for people

I read an interesting article yesterday titled, “Oral History and How It Makes Learning Less Effective, Study Shows.” The article made a couple of different points: Oral history is becoming more popular in some countries, including the US. A study found that those who listened to the stories being told didn’t meet the educational standards hoped for. This …

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How-to: The best practices for managing digital photos, part 2

Part one covered the more common file formats for managing digital photos. You can read it here. Talking about file formats was a little tech-heavy, this part is less techy (I think). We’ll talk about image resolution, where to store photos, how to digitize printed photos and how to share digital photos. Let’s jump right …

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How-to: The best practices for managing digital photos, part 1

When it comes to managing digital photos, technology can be a blessing and a curse. The good news is, it’s up to you to decide which it will be. One of the challenges – or curses – is knowing that technology can simplify some part of life, but not knowing how to actually use it …

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How Storytelling Creates Stronger Families

The disappearing art of family storytelling is a critical part of strong family foundations. Children who learn from family storytelling tend to be more resilient and better able to overcome challenges. They have higher self-esteem and feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves. Children with these qualities are more likely to have a …

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How to tell, share and grow your story with Twile

Twile is short for erstwhile, say our UK friends. We’ll take their word for it. I remember sitting down at the Innovator Showdown of RootsTech 2016 and being excited to see what would happen. It was my first time attending RootsTech. I had looked online to see who the finalists were, and there were several …

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