Jeff Benedict shows perfectly how your life’s story can be told as simply and profoundly in a few columns in a newspaper. It is ultimately the connections between us that are important.
Remember to tell you life’s story…to yourself, your friends, your family…and to me.
Here’s Ray Brown’s life as told by Jeff Benedict.
Saturday, June 11, 2011 – Latees organized a little get together. Family, Food and togetherness.
Mostly Marcia’s and Rita’s families. Chris’ son, Rickey and Larry’s daughter, Mischa were in attendance, too.
Four Generations of beautiful people…
A neighbor of mine, Michael Frank, is a Mark Twain scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a part of a project producing volumes of his writings we’ve never read before. What follows are some of those excerpts told in Mark Twains signature ascerbic style:
ON THE AMERICAN BUSINESS CLASS
“The multimillionaire disciples of Jay Gould — that man who in his brief life rotted the commercial morals of this nation and left them stinking when he died — have quite completely transformed our people from a nation with pretty high and respectable ideals to just the opposite of that; that our people have no ideals now that are worthy of consideration; that our Christianity which we have always been so proud of — not to say vain of — is now nothing but a shell, a sham, a hypocrisy; that we have lost our ancient sympathy with oppressed peoples struggling for life and liberty; that when we are not coldly indifferent to such things we sneer at them, and that the sneer is about the only expression the newspapers and the nation deal in with regard to such things.”
I believe in the power of our stories. Joy DeGruy,PhD says it well about healing injuries.
“Healing must begin on multiple levels because the injury occurred on multiple levels. We begin by simply telling the truth”…
Start by Asking a Question, Listen to the Answer…
I like this group. It also has interesting options for people who want to tell their stories.
The Call of Story is an ambitious television special presenting a collaboration between nationally known oral storytellers and cutting edge filmmakers. Storytelling is said to take place in the minds of the listeners. How then can this be translated into a visually-based medium? And further, in what ways do storytellers visualize the tales they weave?
Today’s genealogist has many tools that have evolved into robust computer driven services over the past 15 years.
For family narratives, Genealogybank.com is an online resource of public documents and news items. It is updated daily and allows me to research US based documents to get additional information about individuals who are being researched and to support and deepen family lore.
This is one of my favorite United States Institutions. The Library of Congress contains publications of all sorts including family histories that individual family’s have published for their own use.
I belong to this professional organization because I agree with their philosophy and approach to the family story. While most of the members are biographical writers, I have found my passion in the short genealogical sketch which attaches photos and short vignettes. I post them for the family members in a password protected environment.
The Association of Personal Historians meets annually as a group, and also quarterly as a regional group to provide support and encouragement for its members.
I attended the 2009 conference in Philadelphia and plan to attend the 2010 conference in Victoria, BC.