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Many people believe that no one would be interested in hearing their story. But have you considered this: Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the U.S. after gardening, AND the second most visited category of websites.

Don't let anyone convince you that people aren't interested in your life and the experiences that make up your story.  Someone, someday, will research your name...eager to uncover the history you left behind. So the question isn't "who cares about my story?" The question is: "when they look for it, what will they find?"

Below is an example of a simple Footprint profile. These private memoirs are something you personally build with the intent to preserve a "short story" of your life. Your Footprint and the information you choose to store in it will ultimately become part of the legacy you leave behind for your children and grandchildren to one-day uncover. Until that day, everything you store in your Footprint will remain completely private and hidden from all other visitors and members. You control exactly who will ultimately see your Footprint, and when.

Douglas Smith (Sample Footprint)
I am a male who was born in June 1951

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Welcome to my Footprint!


A personal greeting: the following represents a summary of my life story and the legacy I chose to leave behind. It is a collection of the poignant moments and stories in my life that represent important milestones in my journey. My hope is that this Footprint will give you some insight into who I was, what I did, what I endured, the life lessons I wish to pass on, and how MY Footprint should be remembered in our family's history.


My Location History




This map is an image for sample purposes only.

In a live Footprint, an interactive map will appear that displays a clickable Footprint for all of the locations a member has entered. This will help paint a picture of where you have lived over time as well as the places you once visited (e.g. vacation destinations). It will even give you an opportunity to share the memories about your time there, while also maintaining a sense of privacy (e.g. you will never be required to enter your actual street address).

My Educational History

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My Educational History

What is this section? Details about your educational history will display in this window. Some of the things you can share here include your various levels of education, school names, the years you attended school, and any back stories about your time there (e.g. favorite teachers, subjects, etc.).

  • Fine Arts - Boston University
    Started in: 1978
  • Penn State World Campus
    Started in: 1974
  • Mountain Lakes High School
    Started in 1969
Boston University

Level: University / College

Years attended: 1978 - 1981         Field of study: College of Fine Arts


Even though I already had a college degree with an established job that kept me quite busy, I always had an interest in the arts. Specifically, I loved theater and acting. Way back when I was a little boy, my parents always took me to local shows and plays. And very quickly I started dreaming of what it would be like to be on stage in front of such a large audience, playing the role of a “knight in shining armor” and fantasizing about all of the other people I could portray.

I didn’t necessarily want to pursue a career in acting, but I wanted to experience what it was like to perform on stage. So after I had landed my career in HR and getting the other formalities in life taken care of (house, wedding, kids, etc.), I decided to…

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Penn State World Campus

Level: University / College

Years attended: 1974 - 1979         Field of study: Labor Studies and Employment Relations


This was my university of choice. I liked the fact that it was within driving distance to home, and offered an exceptional program for entering human resources (the career I was ultimately pursuing). I studied here for 5 and a half years, which is a bit longer that I anticipated. Unfortunately my time there was extended because I had took a few semesters off to support my family back home financially.

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies and Employment Relations degree from Penn State, and graduated with honors and an overall GPA score of 3.78. During my time there, I also took part in various…

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Mountain Lakes High School

Level: High School

Years attended: 1969 - 1973         Field of study: [none chosen]


I had grown up in Mountain Lakes, NJ and attended the same high school all four years. I remember in my elementary years occasionally attending events at the high school, always mesmerized by the shear size of the building. It instilled a bit of fear in me to be honest, and the first day of freshman year I was literally sick to my stomach walking in those doors.

It didn’t take long for me though to develop some level of comfort at high school. One thing that helped I think was my participation in band. Several days a week and even Saturday mornings, we had band practice. I was in the marching band, jazz band, and concert band (winter season). I met a lot of new people through band and even went on my first date with a girl I had met there, just one month into school.

But it didn’t take long for me to realize that high school isn’t always going to be a ‘fun time’. About three months into my freshmen year, I …

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Job Title And Company

What is this section? Details about the selected milestone will appear here. This is where you can document personal achievements (and even hardships) in your lifetime that you wish to preserve.  You can write about significant moments in your life and share how you felt or what these experiences taught you. Some examples may include short stories about when you graduated school or college, interviewed for or started your first job, bought your first house, met your first love or got married, etc.

NOTE: the availability of this section will depend on the lifetime membership level you select. Click here to see what options are included with each Footprint package.

My Childhood Memories

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My Childhood Memories

What is this section? This section can help store the memories from your childhood. These typically include stories about what you did as a child, what you remember from childhood, and what you would want others to know about your childhood.  

NOTE: the availability of this section will depend on the lifetime membership level you select. Click here to see what options are included with each Footprint package.

  • Middle School Highlights
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  • Christmas Memories
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  • High School Graduation Day
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Middle School Highlights

Approximate age: 12

Mountain Lakes Middle School is where all the magic happened. Many changes occurred in my life during my time there, and to pinpoint a specific memory from that school is practically impossible. There are just too many to list.

But some highlights include that wonderful high I used to feel while performing on the school's stage in my theater club. I also remember the practice sessions before every competition I participated in, trying my hand at every possible sport I could like swimming, volleyball, baseball, and gymnastics. Inevitably I guess, I finally accepted that I was not made for sports!

During my first year there, I was fortunate enough to make a few really good friends…some of which I still remain in touch with today. After school, I’ll never forget going to the park with my best friend Joe, and pretending we were…

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Christmas Memories

Approximate age: [none entered]

My favorite time of year growing up was Christmas. Everything about the season just filled me with joy. And believe it or not, unlike most other kids it seems, the receipt of presents was NOT the main reason why I loved it so much.

My family was big into the Christmas spirit. We always decorated our home several weeks prior to the big day. In early December usually, we would spend most of one weekend putting lights and ornaments inside and outside. My father would always get a massive fruit basket (literally at least 4 feet high) from one of his clients that we would ‘dissect’ together … pretending it was a patient that needed surgery.

My parents would also host a massive Christmas party, inviting well over 100 people to our home. Every floor was decorated and prepped for people, drinks, music, and of course some amazing dishes. My mom did ALL of the cooking, and would start prepping for the party two months ahead of time.

In addition to all of these special moments leading up to Christmas Day, one of the most memorable highlights in every season for me was going to the …

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High School Graduation Day

Approximate age: 17

This was the moment I had been longing for. After being in school for practically my entire life, I was ready for it to end. High School didn’t always yield the best of days for me. I had been bullied a lot and specifically in my Senior Year, lost virtually all my friends and even my long-term girlfriend due to her cheating. People would tease me (even in band at this point; the one place I used to feel comfortable) knowing that I wouldn’t retaliate or fight back. So for me, graduation day couldn’t come fast enough.

But it finally arrived. I was finally wearing the suit and tie overlapped with my graduation cap and gown. Mom was so proud of me and took tons of pictures. I got to walk down a busy street with the rest of the class from the school to the graduation field (about one mile, almost like a small parade). When my name was finally called and I walked up to accept my graduation certificate from the school’s principal, no one cheered for me. But that's OK. I knew my mom was in the stadium clapping for me, and inside I was super excited to finally reach the pinnacle day of my teen years. I could finally say with certainty that…

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Job Title And Company

What is this section? Details about the selected milestone will appear here. This is where you can document personal achievements (and even hardships) in your lifetime that you wish to preserve.  You can write about significant moments in your life and share how you felt or what these experiences taught you. Some examples may include short stories about when you graduated school or college, interviewed for or started your first job, bought your first house, met your first love or got married, etc.

NOTE: the availability of this section will depend on the lifetime membership level you select. Click here to see what options are included with each Footprint package.

My Career History

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My Career History

What is this section? This is where you can document the places you have worked in your lifetime. From your very first job to present, you can talk about the careers have you held. Describe when and where you worked, what you did there, and perhaps mention what you learned along the way.

  • J.A.R.'s Landscaping
    Start year: 1964
  • Food Counter Attendant
    Start year: 1969
  • HR Representative
    Start year: 1978
"Landscape Technician" at J.A.R.'s Landscaping

Years worked: 1964 - 1969

While I guess you can’t consider this an official ‘career’ since I was only in my pre-teens, this IS the first time in my life I was working for money. It was also a time that didn’t yield many “professional” landscaping companies. People would mow their own lawns, or in my case, ask one of the neighborhood kids to do it for them. And that's how I got started.

At my peak I would mow about 10 lawns a week. I would get anywhere from $7.00 - $15.00 per lawn, and sometimes I was asked to do special weeding which would yield me $20.00 for a few hours of work. And at that age, making so much money was like a gold mine for me.

Because I never went out much, I was able to save most of the money I earned in a small envelope tucked away in my bedroom drawer. The best feeling was to see the envelope grow in size to watch the money accumulate. And I still recall the moment when I reached a savings of $1000.00.

After hitting that milestone, my parents decided it was time to bring the money to a local bank. I didn't want to let go of it, but storing it in a bank account helped ensure …

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"Food Counter Attendant" at Wendy's

Years worked: 1969 - 1974

This was the first job I was able to get "on the books" (no cash; paycheck only). Now 14 years old, I was at the age where I could legally work at certain places near my home. The closest one within biking distance that accepted young people like me was a Wendy’s fast food place. So I applied for the job and they hired me within a week.

I went to a small orientation and quickly started working as a front counter attendant. It didn’t take long for me to learn the ropes and take my own orders without the assistance of someone else. I worked hard, and I moved quickly (both good traits in a fast food place). Over time I got to enjoy other positions such as working at the drive-thru and wearing the cool headsets. Occasionally I would …

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"1st Shift HR Representative" at Globex Corporation

Years worked: 1978 - 1985

My Bachelor's degree was put to good use with this career, as it was my first real position after graduating college. Up to this point, I had only been working at fast food places, grocery stores, and other “non-office” establishments. Plus although those jobs helped pay for my schooling, none of them would compare to what I really wanted to do…which was HR.

Globex Corporation was the first to bring me in for a second interview. Up to that point I had been to a handful of other interviews (both for practice and for real positions), but none of them called me back. I had a good feeling about Globex from the moment I walked in their door. The people were nice, the atmosphere and fun yet professional, and I felt right at home. And when I was finally offered the position of working their 1st shift, I can't begin to describe the feeling of joy I had. I couldn’t imagine …

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Job Title And Company

What is this section? This is where you can document the places you have worked in your lifetime. From your very first job to present, you can talk about the careers have you held. Describe when and where you worked, what you did there, and perhaps mention what you learned along the way.

My Hobbies

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My Hobbies

What is this section? Here you can document the hobbies you enjoy in life (both past and present). For example, what was the hobby? How did you get introduced to it? How long did you do it for? Did the hobby have any impact on your life? Did you teach anyone else (e.g. your children) this same hobby?

And this does not need to be something you excelled in. It could be a hobby you simply enjoyed doing or something you tried for short time. Examples may include: dancing, embroidery, photography, vehicle restoration / racing, astronomy, public speaking, or sports you took part in.

  • Water Skiing
    Start year: 1977
  • Playing the piano
    Start year: 1981
  • Playing Tennis
    Start year: 1983
Water Skiing

Years: 1977 - 1986

My parents weren’t much into skiing, and quite honestly I don’t know where the urge to try it came from. Maybe it stems from an attempt back in 6th grade that failed miserably and became an embarrassment for me personally. Maybe I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. Whatever the reason, I decided to join the ski club at my school and give it a try again.

Most of our time was spent indoors. We rarely got to the lake to actually ski. Instead we'd put together fundraisers and "practice" on the proper techniques. But when we did get to the water (maybe 8 times total the entire year), it was “game on”. And the first time out I was dead set on conquering this challenge I had prepped so long for.

The first time I went out into the water, all I had known was what we studied and the tips my friends would give me. But I lacked the muscle mass and strength to do most other sports. Not having a lot of self confidence, I was thinking to myself "what would make this any different?" Would I fail? Would I succeed? Well it was time to find out.

The boat took me to a position about 300 yards from the small beach. There was about 7 other people watching me from there, which only rattled …

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Playing the piano

Years: 1981 - 1989

The piano was really the first musical instrument I gained a liking for. During school we were introduced to other basic instruments like the violin and a clarinet-looking thing that had holes we would cover while blowing through the top (don't remember the actual name). But none of them interested me as much as the piano did.

My parents enrolled me in private lessons that I went to weekly for several years in a row. Though I was never what I would consider “amazing”, I could definitely hold a tune and play some really cool songs. My fingers moved pretty quickly, I could read some of the most difficult notes, and I could feel for the key positions vs. looking down to watch them (a talent that some never acquire even after years of practice).

I remember playing some awesome music from movies like Grease and shows like Phantom of the Opera (mom’s favorite). When i was in third grade, I was invited to play at my school's music class one morning. So I decided to …

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Playing Tennis

Years: 1983 - Present

My parents were big into tennis. They would play almost weekly. So I guess it was inevitable that I would eventually be introduced to the same sport.

I don’t recall the exact age I started playing, but it was likely around 5 or 6. My parents (mainly my father) would take us to the local tennis courts with ball hopper in hand and teach us the skills. I have to say, it was not easy for me at first. Generally speaking, I wasn’t a big sports person. I never excelled in things related to sports. So tennis didn’t come naturally to me, and I would easy get frustrated during tennis as well. In fact I remember several times just giving up and hitting the ball so hard to vent my frustration out.

But I guess the old adage still rings true - practice makes perfect. So I kept practicing, occasionally hitting the ball on my own against the wall or playing in our driveway. And though the lessons with my father eventually stopped, I kept at it. And it wasn’t long before …

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Job Title And Company

What is this section? This is where you can document the places you have worked in your lifetime. From your very first job to present, you can talk about the careers have you held. Describe when and where you worked, what you did there, and perhaps mention what you learned along the way.

My Life Changing Relationships

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My Life Changing Relationships

What is this section? Details about the selected relationship will display here, such as their name, when/how you met you them, and what you wish to share about that relationship. These could be intimate partners (e.g. husband, wife, ex) or just people who play(ed) a significant role in your life, such as a very close friend or inspirational figure. 

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  • Heather Robinson
    First met: 1967
  • Dominque Bolanos
    First met: 1971
  • Dr. Terri Bond
    First met: 1976
Heather Robinson (Girlfriend)

Years we knew each other: 1967 - 1968           Where we met: high school band

Heather was one of my first crushes in high school. We both played in the band together, and though we didn’t know each other for very long, we started dating only a month after we had met. Our relationship wasn’t very complicated, nor did we get to do many things together because of family and school obligations (and the lack of a car and the fact we lived 15 miles apart from each other). But it was really cool to be in the dating world (something I had never experienced before).

So I guess you can say Heather was my first real girlfriend. She was the first girl in school that I would hold hands with and share a kiss with. We dated through the holidays of my freshman year and into the new year. But our relationship didn't last very long. In fact only after about 3 months, she started to …

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Dominque Bolanos (Fiance)

Years we knew each other: 1971 - 1973           Where we met: mutual friends

Simply put, Dominque was my first true love. I had met her through a mutual friend, and though I found her very attractive and fun to be around, I never crossed the “relationship border” since she was dating other people at the time. But we would still regularly chat and beep each other once in a while (beepers and pagers were the IN thing before cell phones).

Then the day came where our relationship would be brought to the next level. Dominque called me hysterical crying one morning after breaking up with a man she had dated for about a year. It sounded pretty serious, so I came over and we took a ride to a local lookout with a nice view of NYC where we hung out for several hours. I listened, she talked, I listened some more and gave pieces of advice whenever I could. And before we knew it, 4 hours had gone by and it was time to return home.

But before we left, it felt like something changed between us. She was opening up to me moreso than she ever did before. And it really felt good that she confided in me. So it was not long before we would share our …

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Dr. Terri Bond (School Professor)

Years we knew each other: <1976 - 1979           Where we met: Penn State college

Dr. Bond was a professor at my university. He was one of the board members in my major, and taught numerous classes that I was enrolled in. Dr. Bond quickly became my all-time favorite professor and a major life motivator, and I’ll tell you why.

Up until that point in college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I was confident that a career in HR was the direction I was headed towards, but didn’t really know what to do to get there. At the same time, I was lacking the drive. As college dragged on, I started getting lazy and didn’t want to be challenged. Though I did well in school from a grade perspective, I just wanted to play and have fun and experience the "college life", despite the fact that I didn’t have many friends to do it with.

Dr. Bond was one of only a few professors in my major. So I would regularly see him both in class and in the halls. And one thing he always brought with him was a smile. He was happy. He was excited. He looked forward to being there. He enjoyed his job and loved the …

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Job Title And Company

What is this section? Details about the selected relationship will display here, such as their name, when/how you met you them, and what you wish to share about that relationship. These could be intimate partners (e.g. husband, wife, ex) or just people who play(ed) a significant role in your life, such as a very close friend or inspirational figure. 

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My General Stories and Inspiration

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My General Stories And Inspiration

What is this section? This is a placeholder for general stories from your life that may not fit into the other categories we have provided. Some examples may include: other memories from your life (good and bad) that you will never forget, your experience serving our country in the military, volunteer work or non-profit organizations you were part of, and your path in life and how it changed as you grew older.

You can also use this section to store any inspirational sources that helped guide you through life and/or got you through some difficult times. Examples may include specific quotes, songs, phrases, passages, articles, videos, and photos that have inspired you in some way. Though not shown above, you will also have an option to copy/paste a source URL to any inspirational webpages, pictures, or videos you talk about (with hopes those pages will still exist in the future).

  • Finding my motivation
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  • A bad decision = a major lesson
    This story takes place in: 1979
  • Challenging yourself can lead to…
    This story takes place in: 1980
Finding my motivation

This story takes place in: [no date chosen]

With so many people in the world telling us we can't succeed, we need to hear people telling us we can. I remember my high school English teacher telling me one day not to apply to a certain University because they wouldn't accept me. And even if they did the teacher said I likely wouldn't be able to complete the work given my lower grade scores in high school. Not having much self confidence, I almost didn't apply.

But a few days later I saw another (former) teacher in the hallway and asked him about the same school. He said, "If you get in, then you should go. I don't remember much about your scores, but I know the type of spirit you have. And I know you'll do great." And it was his words that made all the difference. So I applied, and was accepted.

Too often we think it's our role to inject a dose of "reality" into someone's life. We think it's our job to protect people from the pain of failure and defeat. We think we must point out how bad the economy is and how horrible the job market is and how the …

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A bad decision = a major lesson

This story takes place in: 1979

Do you know why 95% of people out there never “have enough” of anything and find themselves lost, confused, and constantly searching for the reason WHY? The answer is simple: "Most people will loose more to indecision than they will to a bad decision." -- Andrew Carnegie

This is not only the truth; it is the number one reason people remain unsuccessful in their lives. Even the unsuccessful people aware of this principle remain unconvinced of how powerful decisions are and how debilitating indecision can be.

Let me tell you a story about something that happened to me for example …

Back in my 20’s and still in college, I was working as a young reporter. One day I got called into my boss’s office. He had been in a pretty sour mood most of the morning, and something told me that this particular day wouldn’t become a moment I would remain fond of. So I walk in and close the door. He already had a look of “seriousness” that made me realize this wasn’t your average check in.

He started off by saying: “first, I want you to know that I really do appreciate the commitment and pride you attempt to put in here…”. And within seconds I knew the direction this conversation was headed. But I allowed him to continue. So he went on to say: “last week you may recall…”

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Challenging yourself can lead to…

This story takes place in: 1980

Our lives have evolved around dreams, plans, hopes and ambitions. When I was a young teen, the fascination of seeing an airplane soar across the skies was overwhelming. But at the time, I never realized I would have the drive one day to fly my own plane and eventually start building my own aircraft.

That’s exactly what happened after college. Actively starting my new career, I was in search of a new challenge as well. I had made it through my schooling, succeeded in getting a new job, and started to feel like I needed to tackle something new in life (yes, that was always me - looking for the next big thing lol).

Given my love of airplanes growing up, and the immense 200+ acre property we lived on, I started to contemplate my own little landing pad in my back yard. Thanks to a childhood neighbor who taught me the ropes, I was very knowledgable in construction and decided to start by building a massive storage shed. My goal was to eventually turn it into a hangar for a plane, but I started building it simply because needed the storage space. So I figured if I was lucky enough to get a plane inside, that would be the icing on the cake.

It took me about 6 months to complete the structure. And that was right around the time winter was closing in. Somewhat exhausted from the build, I decided to start reading about aviation and piloting. I had read plenty of fictional books before, but this time I was reading with the intent to fly a plane on my own. So not only did I find books that would teach me about the instruments of aircraft, I enrolled myself in several …

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Job Title And Company

What is this section? This is a placeholder for general stories from your life that may not fit into the other categories we have provided. Some examples may include: other memories from your life (good and bad) that you will never forget, your experience serving our country in the military, volunteer work or non-profit organizations you were part of, and your path in life and how it changed as you grew older.

You can also use this section to store any inspirational sources that helped guide you through life and/or got you through some difficult times. Examples may include specific quotes, songs, phrases, passages, articles, videos, and photos that have inspired you in some way. Though not shown above, you will also have an option to copy/paste a source URL to any inspirational webpages, pictures, or videos you talk about (with hopes those pages will still exist in the future).

My Life Milestones, Successes, and Hardships

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My Life Milestones

What is this section? Details about the selected milestone will appear here. This is where you can document personal achievements (and even hardships) in your lifetime that you wish to preserve.  You can write about significant moments in your life and share how you felt or what these experiences taught you. Some examples may include short stories about when you graduated school or college, interviewed for or started your first job, bought your first house, met your first love or got married, etc.

NOTE: the availability of this section will depend on the lifetime membership level you select. Click here to see what options are included with each Footprint package.

  • The day I got my driver’s license
    June 1971
  • Falling in love
    February 1972
  • Losing my Aunt Geneva
    May 1982
The day I got my driver’s license

This story takes place in: June 1971

Saying I was a bit nervous is an understatement. This is a moment that most teens long for. It is a time in their life where they get to tackle the one challenge that had plagued them for so long - to earn the right to be behind the wheel of a car and explore the open road on our own.

Leading up to the test I had taken lots of lessons with a driving instructor (Mr. Phillips was his name I believe). I had also done lots of practice driving with mom on the weekends, though had very little experience in the details like parallel parking. Yet no amount of practice could eliminate the nerves I had on this day.

It was a sunny morning at the local DMV. I did not go to school that morning, but hoped to earn my license and still have enough time to drive my new car to school before it ended (showing off my new ride). We waited in a long line of cars for about 40 minutes. Eventually I finally got to the front of the line, and with the driving instructor now inside the passenger seat, the rest was up to me.

The test is done on a closed course. It last about 7 minutes, and I did very well during most of it, only messing up slightly during the parallel parking. I wasn't very straight, and had to pull back out and repeat the parking procedure again. The instructor didn't say anything and just kept making notes as I drive. We eventually re-parked by the main building, and he said 'congratulations - you passed!'

Writing this I still get that tingly sensation. It was official - I had my license! And after another hour of waiting, I finally got my photo taken and new ID printed. Mom was mega proud, and probably a bit nervous at the same time. So when we got home, the first thing I did was get in my car and drive around in my little Ford with the music blasting and windows down. I was officially licensed and free to roam the streets in my own wheels that I had paid for with my own money. It was truly a day I will never forget!!

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Falling in love

This story takes place in: February 1972

I didn’t really experience love until I was in college. I had dated minimally during high school and had a few semi-long term relationships. But nothing that I can look back on and say “wow - I was really in love with her.”

However that all changed when I started dating Dominque. And I’m actually finding that it’s difficult for me to put my feelings into words for the purposes of this Footprint. But I can honestly say that she was the first person in my life who I cared tremendously for. She was the first girl who really meant something to me.

When we were together, we could talk for hours, or not say a word. And either way, we still enjoyed each other’s company. I had grown very close with her family (mainly her dad) and would regularly come by to help him around the house with things like painting or landscaping. I would enjoy dinners with them, and they would often invite me to short outings they went on as a family.

The relationship I had with both her and her family gave me a taste of what married life might be like. And at the time, she was the one I wanted to marry. I wanted this to continue. I wanted nothing more than to…

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Losing my Aunt Geneva

This story takes place in: May 1982

Life never ceases to amaze and surprise me. Sometimes for the better, but not this time. In fact, this tragic loss not only shocked me, but left a hole in my heart that will never be patched.

When I was in my early 30’s, I lost my Aunt (Geneva). She was still very young (only in her late 60’s I believe) and very active. Geneva did so many things that people half her age would have trouble doing. She ate well, she exercised for hours at a time, and she had a genuine love of life that would shine through every time we were together.

When we were together, she would always make it a point to talk to me. Unlike most other family members and friends, she had a genuine interest in my life. She wanted to know what I was doing and wanted to hear about my successes (and hardships). She would offer solid advice without ever judging me and making me feel uncomfortable. And as an active person myself, it was nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors with her and do various things around the house and in our neighborhood like walking, hiking, horseback riding, and more.

What caught us all by surprise was the shocking phone call we received from her husband, informing us that Geneva had a sudden heart attack and had passed away. The cause of death…

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Messages to Family / Friends / Future Relatives

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My Messages to Family / Friends / Future Relatives

What is this section? This placeholder allows you to create individual "goodbye" messages you wish to leave behind for family, friends, loved ones, and others. Examples may include: a goodbye message to your son or daughter, a message to a close friend, a message to your future family (e.g. your great, great, great grandkids), or even general messages explaining decisions you made or circumstances in your life that were never fully understood by others.  

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  • To my daughter - Maya
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  • To my wife Priscilla
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  • To my friend - Rob
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To my daughter - Maya

There are so many things I want to tell you and so much I want to share with you. I have a lifetime of experience I want to pass down to you, and so many lessons I hope you never have to learn the hard way. But I realize life isn’t forever. And the day will come where you are on your own with a father in heaven who will always be at your side. And when that day comes, I want you to know:

One Footprint post will never truly convey how I feel about you. Simply put, you are my world. You are the reason I get up everyday. You are the biggest joy in my life, and the one person I feel an unconditional love from.

As time goes on, never stop believing in yourself. You are an amazingly talented woman. You have already accomplished so much in such a short time and have only scratched the surface of your potential in life. Don’t ever let anyone take that away from you.

Love something passionately. We’ve always encouraged you to try new thing, and though you are sometimes tough to convince, always remember to keep an open mind. I love that as you get older you are experiencing new things in life and focusing on the ones you love, such as your amazing imagination and love for the arts & reading.

Say what you think. You can have a stubborn and “bossy” personality which might rub people the wrong way sometimes. But it’s that same personality that keeps you strong and encourages you from within to TALK to others in a conversation-like manner. Don’t ever lose that. It’s okay to not agree with your friends, not to want to do what they do. Speak up, speak out, and stand by what you believe.

Stop and listen. Listen to the words of a song, the sounds of nature, the ideas and opinions of others. Listen to the still, small voice in your head. And most important, be brave and face your fears head on. You’ve been afraid before, and will experience fear again. But never let that stop you from conquering …

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To my wife Priscilla

They say when love is real, it never fades away. It just keeps getting stronger with time. And that is the way I feel with you Priscilla. Married life would never have been half the fun it is, without you as my wife. I could never give you away for anything in this world.

I don’t know what would I do without you in my life. Your eyes, your smile and the way you look at me makes me feel like I am living a sweet dream. I don’t want to even imagine living a single moment without you. I’m so much in love with you and hope that you feel it everyday.

The day you stepped into my life, you changed it into something so beautiful and meaningful. You are just so amazing to have around. I cannot stop myself from telling you everyday, how much you mean to me. But I want you to know now - if I never get that chance to express it otherwise, that you are …

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To my friend - Rob

Though our friendship did not withstand the test of time buddy, I wanted you to know that you played a big role in my childhood. We knew each other for so long that I can’t even remember the day we first met or how old we were. I just remember all the fun times had growing up, from riding bikes together to climbing trees at the local park, to driving around town when we first got our license, to having overnight sleepovers and popcorn together at your house.

But one thing I’ll never forget is the moment of our senior year of high school when our bond together started changing. We were both becoming different people and hung out with different friends. It’s as if life was taking us on different paths, each of us following the path of our own choosing. It was clear that our friendship would suffer, and that one day …

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My Videos

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My Videos

What is this section? This area will store any videos you may have uploaded as part of your Footprint. Examples may include: a simple video of you telling a story or leaving a message, a video of a milestone or major moment in your life (e.g. winning a race, having a baby, etc.), a video of you showing people one of your hobbies (e.g. a karate demonstration, construction, knitting, painting, etc.), or a video documenting something you owned (e.g. a house, a car, etc.).

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Vietnam - a short story from the memories of Craig

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Adoption and Reunion: A short story

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Adoption and Reunion

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My Years In Review

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My Years In Review

What is this section? This placeholder is used for reflecting on the years past. Instead of pinpointing specific milestones or dates, this is an opportunity for you to look back on each calendar year and summarize your experiences as a whole. For example, what were your New Year's resolutions? How did things change throughout the year? How did this year change you? etc.

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  • A year of change
    Year: 2013
  • Time for new beginnings
    Year: 2014
  • Take a risk and don't look back
    Year: 2015
A year of change

Year: 2013

Our marriage changed slightly. We were both feeling the stresses of work, and we both struggled to spend equal time with each other and our children while also working our jobs. We even snapped at each other a bit more, and struggled to find our 'happy.'

This year was very tough. Even though I was home-based, I was working all day and sometimes into the early morning hours. I was dedicated to getting our new business venture off the ground, and didn't stop learning whatever I could to make it a success.

But I officially left my full-time job in June. So I didn't have any steady income since then. We had been relying solely on...

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Time for new beginnings

Year: 2014

I had grown comfortable in my job. Life was predictable, paychecks kept coming, and we just kept living.

But for me, life was getting dull. I had everything I wanted, I had a family that loved me, and yet I was still growing depressed. And a lot of it had to do with work. I was just tired of the same old routine.

I wasn't happy, and I knew that if I continued down this path, my health would start suffering. It was time for a change, and it was time to...

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Take a risk and don't look back

Year: 2015

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Job Title And Company

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My Documents

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What is this section? When your Footprint is seen in the future, members can click the links in this section to download / open copies of any documents you may have uploaded to your Footprint. Examples may include a copy of an award or certification you received, a favorite cooking recipe you were known for or wish to pass on, a how-to document that you personally developed for instructional or informational purposes, and magazine or newspaper articles you were mentioned in (just to name a few).

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My Parenting Stories

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My Parenting Stories

What is this section? This area will allow you to record any special memories you have as a parent. Common examples may include how you felt the day your child was born, or moments where you were extremely proud of your child's accomplishments. You may also choose to write about the more difficult times as a parent, such as arguments you had with your child or moments that were especially difficult. Here you can talk about how those moments affected you and what you did to get through them.

This section also provides you with an opportunity to share (and pass on) certain advice you learned as a parent. For example, what would you want your children and great, great children to know about parenting? What wisdom would you share? What advice would you offer? What are the things you can't discuss with your children now, but would hope to tell them about in the future if given the opportunity?

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  • Negotiating isn’t always easy
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  • Playtime = soar time
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  • Sometimes adults need “adult time”
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Negotiating isn’t always easy

I’ll never forget one summer evening when you were just 5 years old. I was starting dinner and, as always, you wanted to know what I was making. So I said "steak and string beans." Of course you asked what carb we have, to which I said potatoes (even though I was making buttered pasta, which was your favorite). You immediately got upset, stating that you don’t like potatoes and that you wanted pasta.

So to tease you a bit (and surprise you when it was dinner time), I reminded you of the times you ate potatoes and loved them, and started citing moments where we enjoyed them together and explained some of the benefits like increased brain power (wink wink). At first you put up a challenge, but then I was somehow able to convince you that potatoes were better than pasta. So you finally gave in and said “OK - you can make potatoes for me”.

But the problem was, I was making pasta! So what was I to do? Do I continue down the path of deception or do I own up to my little white lie and tell you the truth? Do I spend another 45 minutes on …

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Playtime = ‘soar time’

Pretty much from the moment you were able to move around on your own (crawl and walk), I was always by your side. If you would go through a small infant tunnel in gymnastics class, I would follow you. If you jumped on a trampoline into a ball pit, I did the same. If you wanted to ride the small train at the theme park, I’d come along too.

I would take advantage of every moment I could get to play with you. But here’s the difference between you and I - you’re young…and I’m not! lol I mean let’s face it: I’m no spring chicken anymore. I can’t bend like I used to or crawl on the floor like I did in my early years. I not designed to swing from a rope and jump into a pit of sand. I shouldn’t be rolling around on the grass or running at lightning speed down a small path. But somehow I found a way to do it.

I could never resist the urge to play with you. Problem was, I would end up being sore for days. My back would hurt, my legs needed a break, and I would very quickly learn that my stamina is nowhere near what it used to be. And yet when I write this, I can’t help but think …

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Sometimes adults need “adult time”

Ok this one is something that you will not fully understand for some time yet. But one day you will, and you’ll probably get chuckle from reading this.

As you know, mommy and I shared a bed together that you would invade practically every night (which that in itself baffles me because when you were an infant, we never brought you into our bed. You always stayed in your bassinet or crib. So is this our payback?) lol :)

As I write this you are now 8 years old. But it never fails that between 10:30 PM and 2:30 AM every night, you’ll wander your way from your bedroom down the hall and into our room. You would jump into our bed and nuzzle your way in between us. And most times you’ll have no recollection of this stroll when we’d ask you about it the next day.

Now one thing you’ll understand when you’re older is that parents enjoy their alone time. They like to chat, talk, and just do adult things. And I can’t even begin to tell you how many of those “moments” were interrupted by the pitter-patter of those little feet. Most times we would …

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My Mini Footprints (Children)

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What is this section? This area will link directly to another "mini Footprint" page, which is similar to a main Footprint, but has fewer sections. This mini Footprint allows you memorialize your child's journey. You can think of this section as THEIR life story, as described by you. It is a way for you to document the major achievements, milestones, accomplishments, and short stories about your child while they are still a minor (under 18 years old).  Some people choose to use this section to track the milestones and journeys of their grandkids, nieces, and nephews.  

Unlike a main Footprint, mini-Footprints can't be searched for.  Only the people who have access to your Footprint Authenticy Certificate will be able to see the mini Footprints you left behind.  And the number of mini Footprints you can create depend on the lifetime membership level you select.

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My Medical History

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My Medical History

What is this section? The records you enter into this section would be used to keep a general accounting of your medical history, without the need to upload or share confidential records or information. Here you can simply share the stories and medical milestones of your life. You can talk about the history of your health, special diets, food allergies, and any diseases you battled.  The goal behind this section is to create a basic record of your medical history while sharing the stories behind it all. It also gives you an opportunity to help your future relatives and other members of your family (e.g. allows them to look back at their family's medical history to see valuable information that may help them).

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  • Admitted to hospital for low platelet counts
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  • Heart Palpitations
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  • The best teeth ever
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Admitted to hospital for low platelet counts

One of the experiences I’ll never forget was a moment when I was maybe 13 or 14 years old. We had a big winter snowstorm and I was the one outside shoveling. The snowblower worked well until I started doing my neighbor’s driveway. It conked out on me only a few feet in (and it was a LOOOONG driveway). So I started doing the rest by hand.

Despite my youth, I was very quickly depleted of energy. The snow was heavy, no one was helping, and I got so weak to the point I just collapsed on the snow (not fainted; just laid down for a few seconds). My brother was watching me from the window laughing, and after I yelled he finally came out to help me finish the job.

When we finished, I went back inside and felt so weak that my mom recommendeded I take a bath. While sitting in the water, I noticed a bunch of red dots all over my body. It wasn’t chicken pox. It was like clusters of red dots that formed a rash or something. I didn’t know what it was, and neither did mom. So she recommended a trip to the hospital. And it was a good thing I went when I did.

After almost a day's worth of tests and bloodwork, it turns out that I had that I had …

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Heart Palpitations

The first time I experienced a fluttering of my heart (to the point that it was noticeable anyway) was back in 2006. I'll never forget the scenario either. I was sitting at my office desk and had just found out how much money I owed to taxes (because I had my own business, I would pay taxes quarterly). While the exact amount I don't recall, it was much higher than I expected, and was enough to get my heart racing uncontrollably.

I could feel my heart beating very hard. It wasn't necessarily fast, but more like a pounding inside my chest. And it scared me since I've never experienced that before. So after 20 minutes of the hard pounding, I grew concerned and called a local nurse who recommended I go to the hospital. Since I was the only one home, I got in the car and drove their immediately.

Fast forward to the diagnosis part, the doctors couldn't determine exactly what it was, and said that it's somewhat normal for people to experience heart beats like that. They had me wear a halter monitor for 2 days, and even put me through a stress test where I ran on a treadmill while connected to wires and stuff that monitored my heart. In both cases, the palpitations were noticeable, but according to the doctors, not life threatening.

In the end they attributed it to stress. Now initially I would have agreed, since the trigger seemed to be the day I found out about the high taxes I had to pay. But the strong heart beating continued on and off for months after that. And now years later, though not as frequent, I still occasionally feel them. So I plan to continue monitoring it on my own and will do what I need to if I feel the symptoms are getting worse.

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The best teeth ever (so far)

I’ll readily admit that behind the scenes I did not practice very good dental hygiene. Brushing my teeth was something I would do maybe once a week. Sometimes several weeks would go by between brushing. Occasionally I would rinse with mouthwash at night, but even that was a rarity. And before I go any further, believe me - this is not something I am proud of, but it just became a habit that was hard for me to break.

After about 20 years (yes - 20) of not going to the dentist, I felt a visit was warranted. Every so often I’d feel pain in my jaw, my gums would bleed, and my teeth weren’t the best shade of white (but weren’t disgustingly dirty either). So I finally made the visit to see a local dentist.

That morning I went in with the worst expectations. I was anticipating them to tell me my teeth were rotting (even though they looked ok visually) and that I had at least 15 cavities. The dentist was certainly surprised to hear how long it had been since I had any work done, and I have a feeling they were also expecting...

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My Military History and Stories

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My Military History And Stories

What is this section? This section can be used to keep track of any military history from your past and present. For example, you may be a veteran, or perhaps you currently serve in the military (e.g. Army, Navy, National Guard, etc.). Or maybe you serve in a "branch" of the military, such as a police officer in law enforcement. This is the section to record those very memories of what you did, what you remember from that service, and what you would like others to know from your experiences.  

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  • What did I just sign up for?
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  • A lighter moment of silence in training
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  • Saluting a parent who came to visit
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What did I just sign up for?

In my late teens I was convinced by a school friend of mine to try out for the ROTC program. Apparently it wasn’t hardcore military stuff, it was a formal "introductory" program that would only require a few days commitment each month. Though my mom didn’t agree at the time, it was something I decided I wanted to do anyway.

So before I could become a 'ranked' officer, I had to go through a small bootcamp. In all the meetings prior and in the buzz my friends would share, it was nothing like true military bootcamp when they literally tear you apart emotionally and physically. So I wasn’t too concerned about it. It wouldn't be a walk in the park, but I was up for the challenge. Or so I thought.

The plane ride to day one was very relaxing and I wasn’t really worried about anything until we landed at the Fairfax airport. But it turns out I should have been more prepared for what was about to come. We were crowded into a large hallway and weren’t allowed to talk. Everyone was sitting and staring at each other, just waiting to see …

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A lighter moment of silence in training

One day we were on a live-fire training ground in artillery. Our instructor had told us to pull the cord of an artillery gun when said "fire". And after training we were given live ammunition to continue.

Before we commenced training again, our instructor reminded us by saying: “do not pull the cord until I give command to fire". And of course, some idiot pulled the cord and the gun went off. It turns out I should have been more prepared for what was about to come.

Well after loud bang you could hear a pin drop for at least 10 seconds. No one spoke. No one moved. It felt like no one was even breathing…for fear of how the instructor would respond (and of course a concern that someone may have gotten hurt).

Fortunately, no one had. But afterwards it was one of the lighter moments in our military background that would crack jokes about … especially at Dustin, who was the one who fired when he wasn’t supposed to.

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Saluting a parent who came to visit

This one is short but cute. It became one of those casual dinner conversations we would have as a family from time to time.

My parents weren’t too keen on my joining the ROTC, and so I was apprehensive when my father came to visit me on my first assignment. I had lent him my car for the day, and he was to pick me up after his work shift ended later that afternoon. Well as Dad drove through the gate, the guard, spotting my car's decal identifying me as an officer, snapped to attention and saluted him.

Apparently the guard mistook my father, who was twice my age (and looked it too), for a senior officer. Dad got such a kick out of it that he swung around and turned into the base again for another salute.

And from that moment on, never again did I hear a negative word about the ROTC.

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My Traditions

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My Traditions

What is this section? This area can be used to document any traditions you and/or your family would regularly do. Examples may include traditions such as family dinners, walks in the park, holiday games, annual trips, "first day of...", etc. This placeholder allows you to not only mention these traditions, but it also provides a way for you to pass them down to the future generations of your family.

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  • Family dinner w/no distractions
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  • Weekly game night
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Family dinner w/no distractions

I don’t know what it’s going to be like 30 years from now. But we currently live in a world where technology has taken over every part of our day. You can’t go anywhere without seeing someone on their phone, texting, reading, playing, etc.. And the same holds true at the dinner table. Conversations amongst family don’t happen as much as they used to. Between phones and TV, eating a family meal without any distractions seems to be a thing of the past.

That is why family dinners are something I try to do every single night. All of us will sit at the dinner table with no outside distractions. No TV. No technology. If the phone rings or a text comes through, we don’t even answer it. We spend 20 minutes or more just sitting there, enjoying each other’s company while we eat.


Why this tradition became important to me:
This became important to me as a father because I wanted my son to experience what’s it’s like to enjoy a conversation. I want him to know that no matter what happens during the day, that he can always look forward to family dinner at the end, where he can not only share his memories from the day…but perhaps solicit some advice.


My future wishes for this tradition:
Family time is sacred. We won’t ever get these moments back. Technology will be there when we’re done. But WE will not always be there for each other in the future. My hope is to continue this tradition as long as we can, but to also instill the importance of family bonding, without any outside interference. Because it’s a memory we can create together.


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Weekly game night

Game night was something we enjoyed doing ever since I started dating Maria. Every week, sometimes several times a week, we would enjoy a game together, such as Uno, Monopoly, and Yahtzee. Now married and together for 20 years, we still try to find the time to have at least one game night every few weeks. The only difference is that now our children join in to play as well, and with one of them being a bit younger, we have to make sure the games are toddler friendly.


Why this tradition became important to me:
Over time I realized that this was a nice escape from the day. Like all relationships, my girlfriend (now wife) and I would have our occasional arguments or disagreements. And sometimes that would just ruin the rest of our day. But through the games, we would find laughter again. We enjoyed each other's company and found a way to talk about the problems of that day while staying moderately occupied in a fun activity.

With our children, it has not only helped enhance their skills in things like math and reading, but it has given them something to look forward to. There was a time when we would do family game night virtually every single night. So our children always knew that regardless of the events that occurred during the day, they could look forward to some family fun before bedtime.


My future wishes for this tradition:
While it doesn't necessarily have to be games, I do believe setting aside time to do something fun with family (once a week or at least a few times a month) is important to maintain a healthy environment. When everyone is together, it gives us a chance to talk, laugh, and otherwise forget all of life's other troubles. So my hope is that when my children / grandchildren have their own families, they will continue the tradition of "family night" to create an even stronger bond together.



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Walks in Brookdale park for ice cream

This was a tradition I would enjoy as a young boy with my mom and brother. During the summer, maybe once or twice a month, she would offer to take us for a walk through our local park and end it with a stop for ice cream. It was about a 3-mile round trip walk, but I don't recall it ever being strenuous...especially knowing what waited for us in the end.


Why this tradition became important to me:
While it wasn't something I initiated, it was a tradition I always got excited about. Kids these days don't look forward to long walks. They don't appreciate the time it creates for family bonding, exercise, and just the opportunity to enjoy an evening stroll through nature.

In our later teen years, this walk for ice cream eventually ended. I guess because at the time (as teens) we were interested in different things such as...


My future wishes for this tradition:
Looking back I am sad we stopped our walks for ice cream. We no longer live in the area and thus don't have a means to do it anymore. But there are plenty of times when...



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My Life Lessons and Wisdom

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My Life Lessons And Wisdom

What is this section? Life experiences can sometimes be summed up into a lesson we learn or wisdom we gain. And this is the place to store it all! Simply use this section to talk about some of the major lessons you have learned in life, and what those experiences taught you. You may also choose to use this section to store any bits of wisdom you would like to pass down to your children and grandchildren.

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  • Cheating is never a good idea
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  • Own up to your mistakes
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  • Live within your income
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Cheating is never a good idea

We all know the story of the guy or girl cheating in the relationship. But the question is, what do we do about it?

Well, for starters, let me be blunt with you. If your partner cheats, there's nothing you can do to stop them. If you're the cheater, well, you should feel guilty, but only YOU control YOUR actions.

Generally the excuse is that the relationship is becoming boring. Or in other terms one person is becoming dissatisfied with their partner (if not both). This can become a problem with a simple solution - break up. Don't tell yourself "oh it'll get better" or "it's not always like this" because if one of you is about to stray. Bottom line, it's not going to last.

Other than that here's another simple solution. If you're going to cheat, just break up so that...

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Own up to your mistakes

We often hide our mistakes from other people because we worry they will think less of us once they’ve seen that we’ve messed up. But, frankly acknowledging your mistakes, apologizing for them, and then earnestly working to make things right almost always has the opposite effect – people respect you for it.

There might still be consequences, of course, but people will appreciate your honesty. If they use your confession as a way to belittle and use you, those are probably not the kind of people you want to work/live with anyway. It’s actually when you hide your mistakes, and they’re found out anyway, that people lose their respect and their trust in you.

You can’t learn from your mistakes if you can’t acknowledge you’ve made them! And if you don’t learn from your mistakes, you’re destined to repeat them. That’s a recipe for quickly going nowhere in life, and...

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Live within your income

The first step to financial independence is to live within your means. To me, that automatically means living frugally, but that’s just how I think. My family struggled financially when I was growing up so I default to saving first. When I first started working, I lived modestly and saved what I could. I lived within my means, but I think I probably could have done better knowing what I know now.

When I was in my 20s, I never tracked my income and expenses. I lived within my means so I had more money coming in than going out and that was good enough back then. I was making pretty good money as an engineer and I didn’t spend extravagantly.

We never spent more than we made, but after we started tracking our expenses, we became even more careful. I know what we spend money on and they are things that make us happier. You can track your expense with a simple spreadsheet, software like...

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Other People in My Life (past and present)

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Other People in My Life (past and present)

What is this section? This section is used to paint a picture of the people you knew in your lifetime. Here you can talk about the people you get to know, describing the relationship and what role it played in your life. Examples could be friends from your childhood, neighbors you were close with, and co-workers. This may also include those individuals who are no longer alive or whom you no longer associate with. The goal is to create a historical record of the people you know (and knew) and what they meant to you.

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  • Peter Casto
    First met: 1968
  • Joe Maroney
    First met: 1976
  • Mrs. Susan Faller
    First met: 1965
Peter Casto (Close Friend / Neighbor)

Years we knew each other: 1968 - 1988

Peter was a neighbor of ours who lived a few houses down. He was a grown man with a wife and son, and I was only a child at the time. But Peter was a very influential person in my childhood and to a certain extent, like a second father to me.

One of the things Peter was very good at was handyman work. If you needed something fixed, or you wanted to learn how something was built, he was the guy to call. When I was growing up, I'd always see him working outside on something in his yard or on his house. Not really having a father figure of my own to turn to, I would regularly walk over to his house to observe him in action.

Peter was the type of guy who was always willing to not only lend a hand when you needed it, but he wasn't afraid to teach you new things. And quite honestly, a lot of what I know now about things like electrical work, car repair, and general maintenance I picked up from him. Over time I've been able to sharpen those skills, but if there is one thing Peter truly taught me - it's to never be afraid to try.

Probably the biggest highlight from our friendship as neighbors came when I was 17 years old. I had just gotten my driver's license and purchased my first car. Honestly I knew very little about cars, even though I claimed to know a lot when friends would ask. There was one time when my car...

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Joe Maroney (College Roommate)

Years we knew each other: 1976 - 1978

Joe was my college roommate for the last two years I attended Penn State. It was an especially exciting time for me because for the first two years, I stayed home. So actually living on my own during college was a big step, and I am so thankful to have had Joe as my roommate.

I'll never forget the first day we met. I'll be honest - it was awkward. Meeting somebody for the first time a week before school started, and realizing you're going to be living with this complete stranger, was a bit nerve wracking. Our initial conversations were short but pleasant. I guess we were both 'testing the waters' to learn more about each other's likes and dislikes (in my case...I just wanted to make sure he wasn't a nutcase! lol)

When school first started, Joe and I made it a point to spend time together between classes whenever possible (as it was important for both of us to get to know the other). So we'd grab lunch or just hang out on the main hall stairs, chatting about school, girls, life, etc. It turns out Joe had been interested in a lot of the same things I enjoyed. He played tennis, loved to read, and always tried to make time for family (which was also very important to me). And having those common interests definitely helped put me at ease with him.

As the first few months progressed, Joe and I came to be extremely good friends. With the first semester almost over and the holiday season rapidly approaching, we were both anxious to get home. But Joe made it a point to ask me if I wouldn't mind...

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Mrs. Susan Faller (School Teacher)

Years we knew each other: 1965 - 1966

Mrs. Faller was my 6th grade teacher. Out of my entire run in Mountain View Elementary (7 years total), I was quite anxious to finish with 6th grade before it even started. But Mrs. Faller made it an experience that left me wanting more.

On the last day of fifth grade, we would always find out who our teachers were for the next level. In our school, it was between Mr. Polie or Mrs. Faller. The classes were divided evenly, and we had no say in which class we'd end up in. But word in the hallways was that Mr. Polie was much more strict and stern, while Mrs. Faller was more friendly and less 'tough'. So naturally, I was hoping to get her but with my luck at the time, expected to get him. However my prayers were answered when I opened my final report card and saw Mrs. Faller's name on it. Woo-hoo! :)

In all the elementary school teachers that I had, Mrs. Faller is always the first name that comes to mind (even now, 40 years later). I remember a handful of others, but I never felt as close a connection with them as I did with her. I even remember going back to see her a year after I had graduated from 6th grade and left the school, giving her a big hug and just catching up a bit.

So why did Mrs. Faller make such an impact in my life so as to add her to my Footprint? That's simple. She was the first teacher to ever...

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My Wishes For The Future

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My Wishes For The Future

What is this section? This section can be used for what we call a 'dream board'. Here you can document all of the wishes you have for you, your family, and your friends...both now and in the future. For example, perhaps you always dreamed of being a firefighter, or finding your birth parents if you were adopted. You may have always wanted to do something special, or you might have a wish for your family / humanity in general. Whether it's a dream you aspire for or a wish for the future, this is the place to store it all!

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  • I would love to be a meteorologist
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  • We need more acts of kindness
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  • Hoping to visit Singapore
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I wish I could: "Be a meteorologist"

Weather has always fascinated me. I don't remember much from my early childhood, but I do remember my love for weather. My room, for example, was filled with weather-related instruments such as thermometers, barometers, and even a custom-made weather station that was attached to the outside of my window. It would measure things likes rain level, rain acidity, outdoor temps, and much more (plus you have to remember this was before digital instruments were popular. So everything was quite large and/or hand-made).

I remember a time in 3rd grade with Mr. Espisito that was learned about the clouds. We reviewed the different cloud types like stratus, cumulus, and cirrus clouds. And I remember going home everyday after that just studying the clouds and what they were doing. I even find myself doing it now (almost 45 years later).

As I entered my teens, cable TV was becoming very popular. And it gave us access to the Weather Channel, which was pretty much weather forecasts and predictions 24/7. Before or after school when most kids watched cartoons, I watched the Weather Channel. My favorite part was our local forecast every ten minutes. I even had the background music and exact screen sequence memorized from watching it so much.

Fast forward to college though, things changed a bit. I began to express interest in other things and subsequently got my degree in Fine Arts...completely abandoning the love I had for weather just so I could pursue a career that seemed to pay better. And now looking back, I am starting to realize that might have been a bad decision because in my older years, I am finding that...

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We need more acts of kindness (General Wish)

Being kind is often dismissed as weakness. Of course it is; we live in a competitive environment that emphasizes winning at any cost, while others thrive on being nasty and only looking out for themselves. However, some people see nastiness as a form of self-protection: a person who feels weak and fears exposure will keep others at bay by treating them badly. From this perspective, people are only unpleasant when they’re unhappy with themselves, and take out their fears and frustrations on those around them. Kind people prefer to risk being open rather than turning inward and focusing solely on their own concerns.

We tend to think everyone else is out to get us, that we have to be on our guard at all times. But most of our dealings with other people are not based on exploitation. We have an impression that bad things happen in the world all the time, because painful events leave stronger impressions on the mind than happy ones.

In the recession, people are aware they need each other to survive – although in the job market, it’s harder to support others when everyone’s feeling the pinch, and...

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I wish I could: "Visit Singapore"

I'm not afraid to admit that I don't travel much. Ashamed maybe, but not afraid. I have just never really been into travel. I never like leaving my home, my bed, my 'comfort zone'. I don't mind the weekend getaways or even the extended week-long vacations, but going overseas has never been something I've pursued or had any interest in. Until recently.

My employer (Globex) selected me as one of their team leads for a massive project they were spearheading. It was a worldwide software rollout that would affect over 60,000 people over two years time. At the beginning of the project, I was told I needed to go to Australia for a week to help some people out there during the migration. And the best part of that trip was the layover in Singapore.

I didn't get to see much, but my goodness - the airport alone was just incredible. You felt like you were in a shopping mall and small amusement park that together formed an indoor city. My layover here lasted 4 hours, and I made the best of it by venturing out on the town for a bit. I walked around and experienced the sights and culture, even enjoying a small lunch on a balcony cafe. But the best part wasn't the food, wasn't the atmosphere, and it wasn't the people (though they were ALL super friendly and pleasant to be around). No, my best part of Singapore (and the reason I wish to go back) was the ...

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