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What To Do When The Story Is Stuck Inside Of You

Written by: Devon Noel Lee "I would never do such an idiotic stunt." Those are the words of my teenage daughter when she was in a group interview and asked a 'thought provoking' character question. She was asked the question,...

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Storytelling: Perception, Lies, & Exaggeration

Written by: Kelly E Lee When I worked as a newspaper writer, I had to interview two 90 year old women who had been friends their whole lives. Both women lived on their own and their minds were still sharp....

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Ordinary People Live Extraordinary Lives - Write Their Stories

Written by: Devon Noel Lee In May 1998, country music star Clay Walker released his 16th single entitled "Ordinary People" but it was the worst performing song he ever had. Despite failing to resonate with a wide audience, the song and...

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Sharing Your Life Story Shouldn't Be Scary

Written by: Devon noel Lee Panic set in as beta readers began reading chapters for my upcoming memoir "From Metal to Rhinestones," the story of my teenage quest for a beauty pageant crown. What if the readers hated the manuscript?...

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My 5 Favorite Tech Gadgets for Genealogy

Written by: Jake Fletcher The genealogy world is at a crossroads right now. Some purists continue to avoid adapting modern tech innovations into their research procedures, while others have fully embraced the brave new world of modern genealogy. At this...

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5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Family Stories Growing All Year

Written by: Shannon Combs-Bennett Well this third rock has gone around the sun...again. And if you are like most people, you have made some resolutions and yet most likely broken a few as well. Don't feel bad though. It's never too...

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Keep One New Year's Resolution Today - Write Now!

Written by: Devon Noel Lee So, how are those New Year's Resolutions coming along? It's mid way through January. Have you forgotten them? Are you working on them? Have you thought about a resolution that relates to recording your memories in...

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Why The Holidays Are The Best Time To Continue Traditions Through Stories

Written by: Shannon Combs-Bennett Many people, the world over, partake in various celebrations this time of year. They may be religious or secular celebrations but the common theme to them is love and family. Even if there is no snow for...

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Hit A Brick Wall In Your Family History Research? These Tips Can Help!!

Written by: Rachel Dunkley If you find that you have hit a brick wall in your family history research, don't despair!!! There are numerous avenues that are open to you in order for you to possibly break down that wall...

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If Your Pictures Could Talk, What Would They Say?

Written by: Shannon Combs-Bennett Recently I was unpacking boxes filled with photo albums with my youngest child. I didn't realize he had stopped helping me unpack until I heard him ask me what something was. "Mom, where are you in this...

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The Secrets to Writing a Compelling Family History

Written by: Devon noel Lee Search for family history writing tips on the internet and you'll come across numerous articles that teach you how to write compelling stories. Unfortunately, the posts all suggest composing a personal or an ancestor's story...

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5 Tips For Tracing Your Ancestors' Immigrant Origins

Written by:Jake Fletcher My overarching goal when I began genealogy was to learn the origins of my ancestors who immigrated to the United States. As an American, discovering that I have ancestral roots in seven European countries was an amazing...

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Summer Fun: Dreaming, Exploring, and Preserving

Written by: Shannon Combs-Bennett The summer travel season is upon us. Do you have plans yet? I know I made plans months ago and can't wait to get going, and doing, all the things I want to! Whether you are planning...

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6 Awesome Tips On How to Preserve Your Photos - Forever

Written by: Nicole Price-Morin As the world becomes more and more digital, it is getting easier and easier to preserve family photos forever. Paper photos can be easily destroyed, and although it seems as if a digital copy might be...

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Write the Real Love Stories That Should Never Be Forgotten, Valentine's Day Or Not

Written by: Devon Noel Lee Valentines cards. roses and chocolates. romantic getaways and jewelry. The stores would have you believe that these are the expressions of love. However, I have great-grandparents that exemplify true, lasting love. Love that I have found...

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