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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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Stories of Sacrifice: Researching Your Veteran Ancestor

Written by: Jake Fletcher The American Civil War was a horrific and bloody conflict, pitting brother against brother in some instances. Despite the deep political schisms that tore families apart, some stories attest to the old adage that blood runs thicker...

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Leave Your Written Legacy

Written by: Gael Gilliland "Your written legacy." Those are powerful words. What comes to mind first? Maybe you thought of beginning your memoirs. In its purest form, a memoir is gritty, hard to write, and nearly impossible to execute well. It is...

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5th Grader Takes Teachers Out For Dinner After Saving For Six Months

When you were in 5th grade, you probably had already started putting away your money into a savings account. Perhaps you made some extra dollars through a weekly babysitting gig, or from a few days shoveling snow in the winter...

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3 Easy Tips To Start Your Life Memoir - Without Feeling Overwhelmed!

Written by: Joe Fiduccia When we think about the life we have lived and the experiences that make up our 'story', most will agree that it's been quite roller coaster. Our lives are filled with ups and downs, accomplishments, hardships,...

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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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Aging Safely – Top 10 Home Safety Checks For Baby Boomers

Written by: Joe Fiduccia In a survey by America's Footprints of 500 American families of three or more, 62% of those families take 'adequate' steps towards ensuring infant and toddler safety. But when it comes to the safety of baby...

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8 AWESOME Facts About M*A*S*H That Will Make You Want To Watch It All Over Again

M*A*S*H was an American television series from the early 70's that followed a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the "4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital" in Uijeongbu, South Korea during the Korean War. It spanned 256 episodes and...

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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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How To Prepare for Visiting the Archives or a Special Collection Library

Written by: Kith and Kinsmen If you are planning to visit the archives or a special collection library, there are some steps you can take to be more prepared: 1. If possible, register online. This will save you time rather than...

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Top 5 Excuses For Not Preserving Your Family History, And Why You Should Consider A Change

Written by: Joe Fiduccia We all experience certain things in life that we hope to never forget. We tend to savor the proud moments while hopefully learning something from the negative ones. But often times the amazing stories that make...

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Dad builds world's first Transformers Prime Megatron costume...to inspire his son!

Written By: Joe Fiduccia My 7-y-o son and I are big fans of the animated series known as Transformers Prime. It was a show that aired on the HUB network for 3 seasons, sadly ending it's run not too long...

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How To Celebrate Family History Month, Even If Your Family Is Broken

Written by: Joe Fiduccia For most of my adult life, I would look forward to the month of October for the same reasons as many others. The comfortable climate, the changing Fall colors, the excitement of trick-or-treating, and the beginning...

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This One Piece Of Advice From My Dad Became A Phrase I Will Always Remember

Capturing the true character of a person can be difficult with simple descriptive words. Describing their physical features and mentioning where they are from, may paint a visual picture of a person but the individual remains one dimensional. If I...

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Hands-Off Parenting: A New Norm That Will Leave Your Children Wanting More

The author of this article chose to remain anonymous. When I became a parent, I was introduced to a whole new world. I went from hanging out with friends at 2:00 AM to getting no sleep while changing diapers. Instead...

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