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Family Stories: Why We Tell Them

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Saving Family Stories Now & Into the Future What if I told you that you could change a child’s life by sharing your family stories? Would you move into action? Would it inspire you to start documenting that which you know about your own life and the people who came before you? Sometimes when I talk to people about life legacy storytelling, the question comes up; why should I share my family stories? As a part of our human make-up, we often don’t know or understand the value of something until it’s gone. In the instance of family stories, “too late” happens all the time. Often because a...

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Ethical Will Video and StoryCatcher

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Ethical Will Video App An Ethical Will Video allows you to pass on and share your values, beliefs, life lessons and hopes. Easily create and share an Ethical Will Video using StoryCatcher’s great questions to ask in the “family“ theme. Tap “Interview Tips“ to see the questions. Share: Here is an ethical will video my friend Jon and I created using S t o r y C a t c h e r | for iPhone to share a valuable life lesson with his sons, Fin and Matt. More on Ethical Wills below the video. In my experience, the term “Ethical Will” trips people up, gets them...

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The Walnut Creek Journal ~ 2014

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Walnut Creek Historical Society’s Oral History Project Capturing Walnut Creek memories Historical society’s oral history project to reflect last 100 years by Deborah Burstyn – Correspondent Published in The Walnut Creek Journal on August 8, 2014 WALNUT CREEK — Fifty years from now, when this city celebrates its 150th anniversary, no one will need to interview today’s young people about what it was like to grow up in Walnut Creek. Their bazillions of Facebook posts, Tweets, Instagram pics and Vine videos will tell everyone more than they want to know. But for people who grew...

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The Forgotten Childhood

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Forgotten Childhood

Gift To His Future-Self Haven’t you, like me, wondered why most of us don’t remember anything prior to age 3? Well, it turns out, we DO have memories prior to age 3, however, those memories are almost completely forgotten somewhere between the ages of 6 and 9. How fun would it be to record our kids’ memories of these years before they forget them? I recently read a fascinating story on NPR about childhood amnesia. “Another powerful determinant of whether an early memory sticks is whether a child fashions it into a good story, with a time and place and a coherent sequence of events,...

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