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Preserving our digital personal history

Published on December 5, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Follow this link to listen along as John Meadows, Canadian podcaster, interviews me about what personal history is, and why it is so important to preserve. http://onthelog.podbean.com/e/episode-116-dont-let-your-kids-grow-up-to-be-jpegs/

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A thought on age and happiness from David Brooks

  New York Times Op Ed columnist David Brooks is one of those  people I love to hate, and occasionally hate to love. I fell for his mind back in the ’90s when I read his book Bobos in Paradise — he soooo “got me” as a Baby Boomer. Then I began to see how so much of his thinking came

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Atlantic Magazine article: What Kids Learn From Hearing Family Stories

Published on December 15, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

“Reading to children has education benefits, of course—but so does sharing tales from the past” writes Elaine Reese in the December 2013 issue of the Atlantic Magazine. Follow this link to read new evidence why this holiday, you should share stories about your family’s successes and challenges–and the resiliency with which you lived through them. Read

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Follow my blog for memoir writers at True Stories Well Told

Published on November 27, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

I  post at least weekly on True Stories Well Told, my blog for people who read and write about real life. Meet me over there for fresh news, views, and examples from memoirists I meet through my writing classes and online research. If you are in Madison, I invite you to drop by my monthly memoir

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Not sure why you’d write your family’s history? Read this.

“The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative,” wrote Bruce Feiler in a recent New York Times article. Recent research has brought new breakthroughs in knowledge about how to make families, along with other groups, work more effectively. Feiler cited research from Marshall

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This Holiday, Save the Stories!

Published on December 18, 2012, by in Commentary.

When I recently came across this photo, I was reminded how important it is to save the stories behind the treasures and traditions of our favorite holidays. No matter whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, or Winter Solstice, you’ll soon be with family. Now’s your opportunity to create fun activities that bring generations together around

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Join me for “Writing Your Family History”: A Wisconsin Historical Society Workshop

1 morning, Saturday December 15, 9:00-noon, Memorial Library Room 126, Library Mall, UW-Madison Campus. Are you ready to write your family history? This class will show you how to prepare, how to write family history, and the various levels of family history projects that will share your hard research work with your family and friends.

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“This Holiday, Save the Stories” — a Family History Workshop

10-11:15, Saturday December 8th, Bolz A, Goodman Community Center Holiday gatherings bring out family stories. And it’s important to save those stories, because your memories are a gift to the future. Children need the stories that bring to life family history, traits and values. Writing those stories down connects extended families across time and space.

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Ron Hoppmann wins Madison Magazine Memoir Contest

Published on November 20, 2012, by in Contest.

  Madison Magazine Memoir Contest Winner Ron Hoppmann was born on Madison’s east side in 1934. He attended Marquette Elementary School and East High School. Ron spent three years active duty in the Marine Corps and went to college in Colorado. Ron says, “I write because I have no choice in the matter.” Since retiring

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Madison Magazine Contest now closed. Next step: select a winner.

Published on November 2, 2012, by in Contest.

Fifty-one entries! That’s how many my Memoir Contest with Madison Magazine drew! The contest closed at midnight 10/31/12. Reading entries now… so many so good, it will be hard to choose… Our judges panel meets 11/12. Shortly after that, the winner will be announced. In the meantime, follow our progress on my blog with Madison Magazine,

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