Friday, March 21, 2014

Importance of Life Stories

When my grandmother died a couple of years ago, my family and I spent a couple of days going through her things to either get rid of them or keep them ourselves. As we went through her house, I found a couple of photo albums. There was a picture of her at seventeen with my grandfather right before he went off to World War Two, and there were several of her and him as teenagers sitting in a car. She was so young and beautiful, and I found myself thinking. What was she like as a teenager? How did she feel when my grandfather went off to war? Where exactly were they going in that car?

I found myself filled with regret that  it was now too late to ask these questions. My grandma was eighty-five when she passed; most of the people who had known her then were now gone as well. The whole experience made me realize how important it is to ask about life stories from the people you love before it's too late. Now, I will never know the answers to those questions, but other people don't have to make that same mistake. Lifebio is dedicated to helping people collect life stories and memories so they will still be remembered and known for generations to come. Wouldn't you want someone to do the same for you?

Marie Coon, Lifebio 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Keep Family Stories Alive

Sharing stories encourages a closer, more meaningful relationship with your children and grandchildren. Family's stories are worth telling because you may be able to describe people, times and places that no one else in the family knows about. Lastly, you can help the next generation—inspiring, teaching and modeling strength and courage for them.

You're Unique!

You are unique! No one out there is exactly like you. I don't care if you have an identical twin; you are the only person in this entire world who has experienced what you've experienced, thought what you've thought, and accomplished what you've accomplished. This makes it important for you to share your life story with others! People can learn lessons from you that they couldn't from anyone else. You may not know what lesson can be learned from the time you climbed up a tree looking for snipes and got stuck, or from the time you went on a roadtrip to see the world's largest ball of twine. Maybe the lesson is just that you need to be able to laugh. Regardless, your life story is important to tell. Be proud of your uniqueness! Don't let it go to waste.
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Make sure you wear green today; you might get pinched if you don't! As we celebrate St. Patrick's Day today, it's time to get our Irish pride on!

According to the Dictionary of American History, around 200,000 Irish immigrants came to the United States between the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, more than 56.7 million Americans can claim Irish ancestry. Our Irish ancestors have survived diversity and hardships over hundreds of years. They were persecuted for practicing Roman Catholicism, and they overcame the hardships of moving from the Old Country to the sometimes harsh conditions of American cities. Our Irish ancestors brought to America a heritage that we can be proud of.

Whether or not you have Irish ancestors yourself, today I challenge you to discover where your family fits into the great map of American history. The family that came before you is important to your life story. They've helped make you who you are today. Be proud of them!