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At the end of our lives, we become only memories. If we're lucky, someone is passing those down. — Plum Johnson, "They Left Us Everything"

Sisters Write, Share Life Stories

I spent Monday afternoons this past fall leading Life Stories classes for religious sisters in a nearby town. Three of the sisters in the...

Memories of Elementary Book Folding

I do book folding. Despite the name, it’s actually the pages of books that get folded. I fold old books — one page at a time, two folds...

Remembering Mary

One of my first Life Stories clients, Mary, died last month. She was 94. Her father had been a sharecropper in Kentucky, and soon after I...

Details Make the Story

Alice and Edwin participated in my most recent Life Stories class. Alice had a career as a beautician. In her beauty shop, she had a Coke...

2 Very Short Stories

Six weeks before Judy was born, her father died in a car accident. So Judy and her mother moved in with her mother’s parents, Judy’s...

Go Fly a Kite. Literally.

His days of making and flying kites with the neighborhood boys took place more than 70 years ago, but to hear Paul describe it during a...

A Quote

"Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents, and when age finally stirs their curiosity there is no...

Remembering Their Mothers

Mary was 7 when her mother died. Don was 8 when his died. Wilma was 12. Katharine was 17 when her mom died of lung cancer and leukemia...

If Not Now, When?

Lou died last week. I am still in disbelief. After I wrote about her in a blog on Oct. 16 and linked it to my Facebook page, she...

Chemotherapy with A Side of Life Stories

In February, a woman from a neighboring town learned about my Life Stories classes and immediately expressed a strong interest in taking...

I Want to Know More

I am gearing up for fall Life Stories classes. This means I have times and locations set, and now I go through my list of prospective...

A Quote

“Your heartache is someone else’s hope. If you make it through, somebody else is going to make it through. Tell your story.” — Kim...

Opportunities Lost

In early spring I committed to working on writing the life stories of an 89-year-old Indianapolis man. His relatives who were hiring...

Joys on the Journey

— This is the presentation I gave at tonight's Celebrate Today dinner, Memorial Hospital's quarterly celebration for cancer survivors —...

Days of Moonshine

My “Remember When…?” discussion group at a local nursing home wanted to talk about moonshine last month. Bootlegging in the middle of the...

Through It All, the Humor

In 2015 I spent this week of March in an Indianapolis hospital, where I underwent a biopsy that revealed I had non-Hodgkin lymphoma....

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“Like a friend said, it feels like a library burns down every time an elder dies.” — Jim Northrup, “Anishinaabe Syndicated” #writing