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Bridging Generation Gaps

I’ve helped seniors write their life stories through which the writers’ grandchildren have learned that depression, heart disease and even green thumbs have run in their respective families for generations. A 95-year-old woman who wrote her story shared it with her son, a retired doctor. He loved it but asked her to please include one sentence about his grandfather dying of Hodgkin’s disease. He said that his mother mentioning it in her written story would be the surest way that his great-grandchildren learn that the genetic disease runs in the family and they could be carriers. A couple currently writing their stories are both very involved in their church, as are their son and his children

Don't Give In to Feeling Overwhelmed

These dreary winter days provide the perfect time to start writing your life stories. That is how I think of them, a succession of short accounts rather than one lonnnng story. Setting out to write multiple stories about different, even random, aspects of my life seems less overwhelming than planning to write my singular, definitive LIFE STORY. People who have heard me talk on this subject shared these suggestions for making the process even less daunting: 1. When sending a birthday card to a grandchild or great-grandchild — even one as young as 3 or 4 — include a note about something you did at that age or that the child’s parent whom you raised did at that age. 2. When a new grandbaby is b