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What You Might Learn from Your Parents and Grandparents

Back in 1993, I interviewed my grandma. I had the advantage of actually having a degree in English and journalism so I felt compelled to use what I learned to capture the life story of this very special lady. I grew up with her living across the street--so I really thought I already knew her well so the interview was just a good way to get it all recorded.

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5 Reasons Life Stories are Lost + 10 Sample LifeBio Questions

1. You may not think anyone wants to know your life story. You might think, “Who wants to hear about me?” Family and friends really do want this type of information recorded, but they may not have the time to help you do it. To your family and close friends, YOU are who they care about—more so than movie stars, sports heroes, or politicians. They would like to read your book. Too few people actually decide to move forward with their autobiographies. Only an estimated 6% of Americans capture their life stories. So many life stories are lost.

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What my paper route taught me about building community

Back when I was a kid, I delivered the Erie Morning News to about 35 customers in Erie, Pennsylvania each day. I walked or rode my bike around the block every morning through all kinds of weather. It was dark and stormy many mornings. The streets were sometimes covered with worms. Mom or dad would drive me in the winter time thankfully--especially with the big Sunday papers. In the summer, the weather was great but the ink would come off on my hands as the temperature rose.

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Family Gatherings are a Great Time for Capturing Life Stories

When you gather this Spring with family and friends, treasure those stories shared around the dinner table.

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Find meaning in memories: Learn how to capture your own life story

I was recently in Tallahassee, Florida for a special event at Westcott Lakes. Great fun! Here is the link to the article...

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5 Tips for Interviewing Grandma and Grandpa

1. Don't delay and don't talk yourself out of it. It's time to capture grandma and grandpa in print, on video, via audio, or writing via the web. Grandma's life story or grandpa's life story is far more interesting than you can ever imagine. Really and truly, your own grandparents can tell you things that no one else can share.

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LifeBio 101 Autobiography Classes are Forming Now

LifeBio classes are forming across the United States and recently Canada too. We're excited to see these classes start in local retirement communities, schools, libraries, and community centers. Typically, LifeBio 101 classes are eight weeks in length, with the last week being a time for celebration.

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The Gift of Memories. It's Priceless.

For the person who's hard to buy for, for the person who has everything, there is always a priceless gift ready to be given. The gift of memories, life stories, traditions, and beliefs is truly priceless. It's a gift that many of us fail to give. It's a gift that many of us long to receive. Whether it's online at (www.LifeBio.com) or through the Memory Journal memory book (www.memoryjournal.com), or both packaged as a gift, you'll have the perfect gift that will encourage new conversation and connection in your family or among good friends.

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Saving Your Family's Stories: Why It's Important to Keep Your Family's History Alive

"Why should I tell my life story?" It's a good question, one I hear frequently. I can easily rattle off several reasons:

Sharing stories encourages a closer, more meaningful relationship with your children and grandchildren.

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The future of the past

This is a unique time in history. Every man and woman has a voice. Their thoughts and opinions can be expressed for the world to read like never before. Everyone can easily have at least 15 minutes of fame. Now here's a revolutionary thought. What if everyone had an autobiography? What if you didn't have to be rich, famous, or unnaturally brillant to have your own 50-page or 100-page book of stories, memories, life lessons, and values?

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