Photo courtesy of Abizern via Flickr. I was reading a blog post by author Greg McKeown the other day, and he made a comment that, although it was really aimed at making readers more productive and better leaders, really spoke to me as a personal historian. He noted that after both his grandfathers died, one man’s […]

Photo courtesy of Melissa Gruntkosky via Flickr. One of the hardest parts of writing a personal history, a memoir, or a family history is deciding what to write about. And that difficulty is compounded if you feel you can’t remember enough about what’s happened to you to write anything significant about it! There’s an easy […]

Photo courtesy of Justin Russell via Flickr. It’s almost officially the winter holiday season, and those of us who still send holiday greetings through the mail are prepping our lists and trying to figure out what to write. I’m including this post on this blog, which so often touches on personal and family history, and […]

Photo by Konstantin Ryabitsev via Flickr. October has been designated as Family History Month, and in my mind, it’s not hard to see why those promoting this designation picked a month so close to the winter holidays. Regardless of what holy days you observe in November or December, it’s likely there’s an emphasis on family […]

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Solop via Flickr. September 30 is International Podcast Day, and since here at Listen Closely Productions, we celebrate the power of sound to change lives, I thought I would observe the occasion by sharing some observations from my six-plus years of podcasting. I became interested in podcasting in the summer of […]

Photo courtesy of Jay Phagan via Flickr. A lot of people complain that stores bring out holiday decorations, music and gift ideas right after Labor Day, and even though I’m  a huge fan of Christmas music, I have to admit even I find seeing the glint of shiny tinsel while I’m still wearing shorts (remember […]

Photo courtesy of mirsasha via Flickr. This post concludes our series, which has walked you through the process of creating a family history project. Now that we’ve edited our interview material into a story that relates to our narrator’s life, it’s time to consider how we will deliver the book, audio program, video or scrapbook […]

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