Stories Connect Us

 

Ancient man recorded stories on cave walls, giving us clues as to the way they lived. Archaic manuscripts were left for us to teach and inspire us. Pioneers left diaries and journals. And now we have the Internet. Hundreds of thousands of people blog daily, transmitting stories.  Photographs have stories to tell as well.

And now, with the help of computers, family members and personal historians, people are telling their stories in greater numbers. Children and grandchildren, especially the baby-boomer generation, want to hear the stories their parents and grandparents have to tell.

And even though the storyteller tells his or her story so that future generations may benefit, the storyteller is the one who benefits the most. In the process of telling the story of their life, their life journey is validated. They relive the fun events, mourn the sad events, bring closure on a life well-lived, or bring resolution and closure for a life that could have been lived better. Family members come together, truths are revealed, or hidden as the case may be. Wisdom is imparted for their descendants.

“But I don’t know where to begin,” the storyteller says. Writer’s block is the bane of every writer. Sitting down to write anything is a daunting task. It’s hard work.

That’s where I come in.

As a former journalist, my favorite part of newspaper work was interviewing people for personal profiles. I love the interview process, helping the storyteller relate the details of their life, editing the story, pulling it together into a cohesive whole. That is the gift I give.

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