Author Archives : Treasured Stories

What’s your story?

Last Saturday, I was at the Salt Lake Library volunteering at a table for the Life Story Foundation when a guy stopped to chat. When I asked him what his “story” was, he said, “I want to be a mayor of a big city.”I said, “Which one?” He said, “In Mali.”I said, “Are you related […]

Treasured Story: Rick & Janell

It was late August of 2012. Rick and Janell Phelps had just signed on as clients, and we talked about a joint memoir to be ready by Christmas. They were already good friends of mine and I looked forward to getting to know them better. “Have you written your stories before?” I asked them. Janell […]

Braving the basement

I have a new slogan: “All your treasured stories, in one book!” If I were to pinpoint one of the most common refrains from clients or potential clients, it’s this: “I have a, b, and c,  somewhere in the basement, hopefully not buried too deeply, between Christmas decorations and food storage.” What do you have […]

Journals might not be enough

A potential client told me the other day that she was in good shape with regards to her life story because she’s kept journals over the years and has a file full of notes from a personal history class. I told her that was great, but that she should consider actually putting it all together […]

Why write your story now?

I have a friend who told me he wants to eventually write his personal history but he wants to wait until he’s lived his life more. This person is in their 60s. So his thinking might be that he anticipates living a few more decades and then he’ll tackle his personal history. I can respect that. But it makes me […]