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 […]

   Photo courtesy mobilechina2007 via Flickr. In our last post, we looked at some ways to organize the raw materials from your interviews with your family narrator, including how to find a storyline and a narrative arc in their series of anecdotes. Today, I’ll provide a couple of keys to the actual act of editing […]

Photo courtesy of Jon Madison via Flickr. So far in our series of how-to posts related to family history, we’ve discussed getting permission from your narrator, selecting a format for the project, conducting the interview, and how to gather stories at a distance, when your narrator doesn’t live close to you. If you’ve followed these […]


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