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Another reason to write your story

A 95-year-old woman who wrote her life story with me shared the story with her family. Her son, who is a doctor, pointed out that she...

Accepting change

On the day before her home was going to be auctioned last month, 90-year-old Helen said she was OK with the impending sale “because I...

Knowing your priorities

On a bright sunny day in August 2014, an 87-year-old woman sits at a small table in her room at a Jasper nursing home and jots notes on a...

Amazing Grace

Some of the questions asked during a recent class referred to memberships, including church affiliations from childhood. One octogenarian...

Telling a story without words

I think I'd recognize these hands — never idle — anywhere. The beautiful and telling wrinkles, the raised veins so close to the surface...

Blue suede shoes and other notes

When senior citizens start talking about their lives as young adults, the stories get really interesting. I find out how they met their...

Your story is worth writing, and sharing

As part of the "graduation" of the Life Stories class at St. Charles Health Campus yesterday, each of the participants shared part of her...

A class open to the public

My next Life Stories class will be open to the public. It will start in July and will be held on Friday afternoons at Brookside Village...

Your unique handwriting

When this particular round of Life Stories writing comes to an end in another month or so, I'll likely type the stories that these women...

"People like you"

I stopped by the nursing home today to work one-on-one with some of my "students." I paid impromptu visits to a couple of others to see...

Missing "some school"

After a handful of weekly sessions with half-a-dozen women (most are in their 80s; one is in her mid-90s) whom I am helping to write...