Life, Stories, People—The 2014 APH Conference

Believe It . . . Achieve It! The theme of the 2014 conference for the Association of Personal Historians was the rallying cry for the nearly 160 members who attended the conference over a beautiful autumn week in St. Louis, Missouri. … Continue reading

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The #APH2014 Conference Hashtag. Why Should I Care?

APH’s annual conference is just hours away! For the first time this year, APH is encouraging its members, both on the ground and elsewhere in the world, to use a hashtag to follow and contribute to discussion around the 2014 … Continue reading

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Go Small . . . in a Big Way

In a writing workshop at Pinney Library this summer, we spent one evening talking about “going small.” I set my writers an in-class challenge: seven minutes to write about something, starting with an object as the focal point. “Give us the … Continue reading

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Past APH Conference Chairs Tell All

Around the globe, personal historians are finalizing their plans to attend the annual international conference for the Association of Personal Historians, Believe It . . . Achieve It!, October 22-26, in St. Louis, Missouri, US. With twenty-five workshops covering all aspects of … Continue reading

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Sept. 27 is Save Your Photos Day. Are You Prepared?

Every month the news is filled with stories of natural disasters that wipe out entire communities. The names, places, and events become part of our international consciousness: tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma and Joplin, Missouri (pictured at left); Hurricane Sandy; Hurricane … Continue reading

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Old Letters Become Time Machine to the Past

I’ve been a personal historian for a number of years, and have seen how powerful the experience of documenting and preserving one’s family stories can be. We personal historians often talk about the gift of passing on family stories to … Continue reading

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What’s So Funny? Humor in Personal Histories

Since my website talks quite a bit about the fact that I use humor in the memoirs I ghostwrite, people often approach me for advice about “the funny parts” of their memoirs. Now, hopefully, you will all be relieved when … Continue reading

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