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It's a Wonderful Life: Family Storytelling

It's a Wonderful Life: Family Storytelling | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Learn how to encourage your older loved ones to share their favorite memories and best stories, and why this is so important.
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When we encourage our parents to remember their past and talk about their memories and feelings, it validates the importance of their life’s experiences and strengthens family bonds. It reveals previously unknown facets of our parent’s character and past, helping us better understand who we are and where we came from.

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Virginia Pavlovich's curator insight, December 29, 2012 3:27 PM

This is so true! 

Keiron Gray's curator insight, February 2, 2013 5:43 PM

This is what family is all about.... The wonderful stories passed down from generation to generation, family traditions and so much more. Sadly these are being lost as families become fragmented and displaced.

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My Personal-Storytelling Curation

My Personal-Storytelling Curation | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

I HAVE SUSPENDED THIS CURATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE WRITE TO ME AT KATHY@ASTORIEDCAREER.COM FOR SUGGESTIONS OF SIMILAR CURATIONS YOU MAY WANT TO FOLLOW. Welcome to my curation in which I explore the world of constructing identity through personal storytelling, lifewriting, memoir, journaling, life stories, personal history, and more. Each new item I curate has appeared within the last month. Content is worthy of attention and my get further attention on my blog, A Storied Career (http://astoriecareer.com).

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Personal Storytelling: Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary by Sam Thiara (Paperback) - Lulu

Personal Storytelling: Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary by Sam Thiara (Paperback) - Lulu | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Buy Personal Storytelling: Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary by Sam Thiara (Paperback) online at Lulu. Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews.
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The Science of Older and Wiser

The Science of Older and Wiser | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
The definition of wisdom may be hard to pin down precisely, but for those who have it, aging will be a pleasure.
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] To cultivate wisdom: "She and other researchers recommend classes in guided autobiography, or life review, as a way of strengthening wisdom. In guided autobiography, students write and share their life stories with the help of a trained instructor."

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Roz Chast: “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

Roz Chast: “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Roz Chast, a New Yorker cartoonist since 1978, is the author of the graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” which will be published in May.
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idealawg: Can you write your life story prior to figuring out the keys to living? And other reasons to procrastinate

idealawg: Can you write your life story prior to figuring out the keys to living? And other reasons to procrastinate | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Somewhere I got the notion that I need to have some weighty life lessons learned prior to writing my memoir: that any readers must gain wisdom from my stories.
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The Human Behind the Humans of New York

If you're not familiar with the "Humans of New York" web site, you'll find it an inspired project combining storytelling and photography. The "human" behind the project is Brandon Stanton, a young photographer who decided to go out on the streets and listen and record the stories of ordinary people. This is a heartwarming and inspiring video and a reminder that everyone has a story to share. Watch how people come to life when someone offers to listen to their story. That's healing.
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3 Rules to Write World-Changing Memoir

3 Rules to Write World-Changing Memoir | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
I love memoir, always have. Anne Lamott, David Sedaris, Annie Dillard, even Stephen King. There's something magical about the ability to transform ordinary circumstances into beautiful scenes that ...
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] It’s time for you to write your memoir. Now that you know good narrative nonfiction is about more than where you were or what you were doing, you must pick a theme and begin telling your story. 

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Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, August 14, 2013 1:38 AM

A genrne I like to read and who knows I will write my own one day.... :-) 

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Change, conflict cue memories of life's milestones

Change, conflict cue memories of life's milestones | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
What will your kids remember about the life stories you tell them? New research shows that they're likely to be able to recall transitional moments you share with them, be it promotions or pets.
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article]. The results paint similar pictures of what people considered important, but showed striking differences in terms of the milestone events that often served as a backdrop.

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Choosing Photos for a Memoir: Which One Should it Be? @ Shirley Hershey Showalter

Choosing Photos for a Memoir: Which One Should it Be? @ Shirley Hershey Showalter | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

In the three-year course of writing this memoir, I engaged my nieceJoy Rittenhouse three times to take photos. First, I needed a set of photos for the blog and other social media. Then, when I went from brown to grey hair, I needed new photos. And, most recently, as I finished the manuscript and needed a photo for the author page. I also wanted a group of photos that would highlight one of the main “characters” in the book — the farm called the Home Place that is now a bed and breakfast called Forgotten Seasons.

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... photos also help tell the story, set the tone, and suggest sources of meanings behind the words.
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When is telling all too much? Drunk Mom memoir pushes the boundaries

When is telling all too much? Drunk Mom memoir pushes the boundaries | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Jowita Bydlowska’s stunningly candid book takes honesty to a point that may verge on self-harm
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] Her memoir, Drunk Mom, is a terrifying journey about her relapse into alcohol abuse after her son was born.

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A Week’s Worth of Journaling Prompts: When Violence Intrudes — Writing Through Life

A Week’s Worth of Journaling Prompts: When Violence Intrudes — Writing Through Life | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
We can’t avoid it. It’s all over the news and in conversations: wars, random shootings, gang rapes, knifings and, most recently, the Boston Marathon bombings.
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] Today, I want to share with you a week’s worth of journaling prompts in the form of sentence starters. These prompts may help you process and heal from the pain of violence. Use one sentence starter each day. Complete the sentence at least five times, going deeper each time and then continue writing about that sentence starter until you feel you’ve expressed everything you can about it.

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Suicide, Writer’s Block, and Doing the Best You Can | Write to Done

Suicide, Writer’s Block, and Doing the Best You Can | Write to Done | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
This post is about the core of writing: Life. Soul. Integrity. It's an exploration of how to unlock creativity and overcome writer's block.
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The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life

The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Studies indicate that children learn resilience when they hear what their relatives before them have faced.
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article]: Psychologists have found that every family has a unifying narrative...

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Interviews

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You’ll Heal Your Own Heart – A Writers Write Interview with Jan Vallone    An interview by Sheila Bender of Writing It Real: I am pleased to post this interview with author Jan Vallone...It is...
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Threshold Collaborative: a lesson in engaged story work - OUPblog

Threshold Collaborative: a lesson in engaged story work - OUPblog | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
By Alisa Del Tufo Stories are powerful ways to bring the voice and ideas of marginalized people into endeavors to restore justice and enact change. Beginning in the early 1990s, I started using oral history to bring the stories and experiences of abused women into efforts to make policy changes in New York City.
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] "...the creation of Threshold Collaborative, an organization that uses stories as a catalyst for change. Our methods aim to deepen empathy and ignite action in order to build more just, caring, and healthy communities. Working with justice organizations around the country, we help design and implement ways to do that through engaged story work." 

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Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Psychologists have found a simple way to improve academic performance and even health. When people sit down and write about a negative experience and they revise their story to see it in a more positive way, it changes their behavior and helps them succeed.
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] "As you write about the troubling, confusing event again and again, eventually you begin to make sense of it. You can put those consuming thoughts to rest."

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A new therapy of writing?

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DigitalStoryTeller Digital Storytelling

Storytelling prepared for digital medias. Enjoy a story told for you right here at you computer, tablet or smartphone.
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The goal of this page is to introduce adult storytelling in social media; smartphones, tablets and computers.

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Your Life Story in 100 Words

Not everyone wants to write a tell-all, novel-sized autobiographical work. In March 2011, to celebrate International Women's Day, Marie Claire Magazine Australia published an inspiring feature: “100 Years, 10 Women, 1000 Words.” It had me pondering how I would fit my story into a 100 word nutshell. Are you up for the challenge?
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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, November 3, 2013 6:09 AM

This is a very nice writing challenge.

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idealawg: Labs researching the writing of life stories

idealawg: Labs researching the writing of life stories | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
My memories of teaching classes on writing life stories are tinged with great delight for the stories I heard and deep appreciation for the writers' contributions of whimsy, intrigue, beauty in day-to-day life, and courage.
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Lists labs studying life stories.

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Treelines | Share family stories

Treelines | Share family stories | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Treelines turns family trees and unrecorded memories into gorgeous stories your family will love.
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Take a break from telling the stories of your ancestors and tell us about yourself and how your curiosity started you on this amazing journey.

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Theo's Summer Reading Recommendations

Theo's Summer Reading Recommendations | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

Interested in learning more about personal narrative and memoir? Here are some books you might want to read....

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How to Remember the Past

How to Remember the Past | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
How can you better remember that perfect day with your family? Psychologist and author Charles Fernyhough on the tricks and limitations.
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] ... to remember an event, we first need to encode it, which means taking in information through our perceptual systems and converting it into a form that can be laid down.

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How to use a Self-Disclosure Story to teach Self-Awareness : Stories That Change

How to use a Self-Disclosure Story to teach Self-Awareness : Stories That Change | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

By you taking the risk to share your humanity, your vulnerabilities, faux pas, and imperfections, you allow the listener or reader to acknowledge theirs with courage and compassion. You also make it easier for them to recognize and admit to unproductive attitudes and behaviors that are holding them back, things about themselves they would not acknowledge if directly confronted.

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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] Your Self-Disclosure Story does this because it allows them to look inward and feel safe doing so. They can feel safe because they are not being directly confronted by another person to look in the mirror, as would a direct challenge like: “Have you ever noticed how you pretend you know something when you really don’t…like you just did a moment ago?”

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Language Magazine » Family Storytelling

Language Magazine » Family Storytelling | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] Family storytelling offers rich and powerful strategies filled with opportunities for parenting, learning, and teaching. Family storytelling is portable, is easy to learn, creates powerful bonds with your children, and is fun.

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Life Story Work with Children Who are Fostered or Adopted: Creative Ideas and Activities - book information - Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Life Story Work with Children Who are Fostered or Adopted: Creative Ideas and Activities - book information - Jessica Kingsley Publishers | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Life story work is one of the key therapeutic approaches to working with adopted or fostered children. While it sounds simple, there is much more to this work than producing photo albums or memory boxes for children.
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] This accessible book is full of tried and tested activities and creative ideas for professionals, parents and carers who may have little time and few resources, but who need to carry out life story work that works for children.

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Spiritual Memoirs 101: How do you write about your family’s baggage?

Spiritual Memoirs 101: How do you write about your family’s baggage? | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

... how should you, a memoirist, write about your people and their baggage?

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