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Reminiscing During the Holiday Season

Reminiscing During the Holiday Season

As I plan for my extended family’s first Thanksgiving holiday together since my older sister passed away six years ago and explore the grab bag of emotions it’s bringing up for me, I wonder about you. What emotions are the various upcoming holidays generating for you?...

Bending the Truth in Life Story Writing

Bending the Truth in Life Story Writing

I loved sharing my story with you about subjective memory—about how my daughter and I remember a conflict from her teenage years differently. And, how we’re navigating that difference now that she’s an adult and we’re both writing our life stories. There’s a separate...

You have a choice. Are you a champ or chump?

You have a choice. Are you a champ or chump?

When I was a sophomore in high school, my girlfriend, Sarah, tried to help me recover from a broken heart by passing me the sweetest note during math class. Between hearts and exclamation points, she encouraged me to move on from my longtime crush - who had chosen a...

My Story Is Not Over

My Story Is Not Over

A big part of what I love about life story writing is that I’m constantly learning more about myself--and not just about my past life, but about who I am at my core. Not every moment is comfortable. There are aspects of my life I avoid writing about because those...

Write Your Own Story, It’s Therapeutic

Write Your Own Story, It’s Therapeutic

If you’re like me, you’ve heard people talk about how therapeutic it can be to write your life stories. Heck, if you’re like me, you’ve told others how therapeutic it can be to write stories based on personal experiences. But does memoir...

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