Narratives For Generations, Personal Histories,In Your Own Words

The Benefits

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If a person dies without his or her story being told, it’s as if a library has burned down. ~ West African saying

Barraged by the information age and pulled forward by the advancing speed of technology, we can find ground again when we lean back to connect with the slower pulse of our blood line. Our oral histories will inform where we've come from and who we are in this complex world. 

The Benefits of Capturing and Saving a Life Story...

Your personal history will inform your children,
your grandchildren and their grandchildren,
about where they come from and guide where they go.

An open window with fluttering curtains.
"Oh, I wish I would have done this with my grandmother."
"I would have loved to have my father's life story in my hands."

These are words that are often heard from people who hand't received the opportunity to capture their loved one's legacy. We often aren't aware of this regret, until it's too late.

"People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist.
We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic."
~ Diane Setterfield, writing in The Thirteenth Tale, Atria Books, 2006

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