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Sometimes photos aren’t enough

There is no question that when documenting a personal or family history, photos should be taken often and viewed frequently.  We’ve all heard the old saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  It’s true.  The memories and emotions that come flooding back when we look at old photos are powerful.  But I recently realized it’s …

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Don’t be left with regrets. Preserve your loved one’s voice and story.

Warm tears wound down my cheeks. I don’t remember. I can’t remember. It was bedtime with my daughter. The usual hugs, kisses, cuddles and songs weren’t enough tonight. She started asking about Great Grandma Cannon, who passed away 8 years before my daughter was born. What did she look like? Like a 1940s movie star, with …

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Doubly blessed: Interviewing to capture personal and family history

During our recent trip to Texas, I had the privilege of interviewing my sweet sister-in-law’s mother. My sister-in-law has been talking to me for a while about wanting to write her mom’s personal history, so that was another excuse for our wonderful, multi-purpose Texas travels. I had met her mother before- eight years before, to …

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Some Blessings Come Early, Some Blessings Come Late, Some Come All Along the Way

I love this kind of phone call. A client who has become a dear friend (funny how that happens in this line of work!) was excited to tell me about the surprise 80th birthday celebration her family held for her on Thanksgiving. Along with the sheer joy of being with her children and grandchildren and …

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A little about me

All my life I’ve been a writer. Not the exciting, become-famous, write-great-works-of-fiction kind of writer. Nope. I admire them tremendously, but that will never be me. The words that live inside me are the kind that tell true tales, works of inspiration and information and contemplation. Words that analyze and make compelling arguments for action. …

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