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...
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...
If a picture is worth a thousand words then tell me.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then tell me.

Do you have photos stored in boxes, on your phone, and on your computer? And do you keep telling yourself, “I need to put these in albums one of these days?” Well, hold your horses, ‘cause I’ve got a story to share . . .  My mother was meticulous about putting...
Tell Your Story with Your Memories

Tell Your Story with Your Memories

Have you ever tried to share a memory with a family member who had no idea what you were talking about—or had a completely different memory of the same situation? Often women tell me they’d love to write their stories but are afraid to share them for fear that someone...