What the Walls Would Say. In a difficult New Jersey real estate market, some sellers have turned to house histories to lure buyers for large older homes, and what interesting histories they are!
7 Essential Questions to Consider Before Offering a Personal History Service to the Terminally Ill. Fellow personal historian Dan Curtis has some good, practical advice for anyone who’s considering helping a terminally ill person write a personal history.
Alabama family gets medal found at Illinois garage sale. An Illinois man bought a Purple Heart medal at a garage sale for a dollar and immediately started looking for its owner. That search ended recently in Alabama where a grateful family was presented with the Korean War heirloom.
Obituary Forum: 2010 People’s Picks. Professional obituary writers are excellent role models for how to summarize a person’s life story succinctly and gracefully. The Society of Professional Obituary Writers recently honored some of its members’ finest works. Check out the links to their stories.
Who Owns Your Family History Story? “How much of your family story belongs to you? How much should you tell? What stories should remain unwritten?” Lynn Palermo examines these isues in this thought-provoking article.
Remember, too, to check out my Life in the Slow Lane blog. This week, I write about how some businesses insult our intelligence with lame, deceptive marketing messages.
Larry Lehmer is a personal historian and chief legacy planner at When Words Matter in Urbandale, Iowa, where he connects generations through their stories. To learn more, visit his web site, send him an e-mail or follow him on Twitter.