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Communing with your significant dead is what it amounts to, and that is an exhausting thing.Not unpleasant, but still hard work." ~ Martin Amis, on BBC's website about writing one's memoirs"Every American may be working on a screenplay, but we are also continually updating a treatment of our own life - and the way in which we visualize each scene not only shapes how we think about ourselves, but how we behave, new studies find.By better understanding how life stories are built, this work suggests, people may be able to alter their own narrative,in small ways and perhaps large ones..." ~ Benedict Carey, Science section, The New York Times"This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved.In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage." ~ Ellen Goodman, (Boston Globe via Deseret News, 4-12-02)"Memory revises itself endlessly.People do it all the time: they destroy papers; they leave instructions in their wills for letters to be burned." "Bell wrote in 2001, to announce that he had finished the first part of his archive, he said that the obsolescence of software and technology was a threat to a computer archive. I wrote an article called Dear Appy for applications.
The best part is, youre not the only one remembering it." from neuroscientist Daniela Schiller's talk on "Keeping Memories Safe" (about Holocaust memories) on a Studio 360 radio program (NPR) featuring stories of neuroscience and memory If some copy here resembles Association of Personal Historians site copy, it's because I wrote copy for both, drawing on links here and on my two other websites: Writers and Editors and a site for the book Dying: A Book of Comfort. On the Aging Boomers Radio Show (Sonoma County), listen to personal historians Susan Milstein and Andi Reese Brady tell how they developed a business interviewing people about their lives and presenting them as audio CDs or beautiful bound books My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History ed.
Yes, I'm mentioned here: Telling Their Life Stories, Older Adults Find Peace in Looking Back (Susan B.
Garland, Retiring, Your Money, NY Times, 12-9-16) Storytelling, so important in late life, may be facilitated in many ways, including Guided Autobiography classes (in which participants write stories to read aloud each week, on themes such as Money and Work), other forms of memoir writing workshops, telling one's story to a hired personal historian (to be captured in print, audio, or video), or participating in dignity therapy (as part of end-of-life treatment).
by Paula Stallings Yost and Pat Mc Nees, with a foreword by Rick Bragg, a great gift for that person whose life stories should be recorded or told but who keeps saying, "Who cares what happened in my life?
" Read excerpts here and order here to order directly from APH.