Tributes & Video Biographies
Sharing Life Stories, Connecting Generations, Preserving Legacies

Archive for 2010



  • “Just Use This Mind” – Venerable Zen Master Miao Tsan

    We recently completed a video that we were hired to do by Bright Sky Press, a Houston-based publisher of fine books for national and international trade distribution. The video explores the message of Venerable Master Miao Tsan, abbot at Vairocana Zen Monastery in Garde...

    Read more  ●  Friday, October 8th, 2010

  • Abundant Living Conference, March 2, Camp Allen Texas

    This past week I was a presenter at the Abundant Living Conference held at Camp Allen Conference & Retreat Center, a beautiful site located in the Piney Woods about an hour north of Houston. This three-day conference gathered some 200 people that ranged in age from ...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 8th, 2010

  • Anatomy of an Archival Scrapbook Project

    We are in the process of wrapping up a large scrapbook project for a client that has been such a delight to work on that I wanted to share the project and the process we’ve gone through as I believe many of my readers may have similar such scrapbooks and may wond...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

  • China Diary: Adoption, Genealogy Charts and Family History

    I was recently in China for 10 days, visiting the main cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. What I found most interesting is how different the context of their beliefs and practices are to my own. Because I am a video biographer, some of the things that I noticed...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

  • China Diary: Looking At Ancestors

    I recently got back from a 10 day trip to China where I visited the main cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. I had a really great time although I haven’t finished organizing and tagging all my photos and hope to get that done soon before I forget all the f...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

  • Creating a Beautiful Family Tree

    Aside from creating a family history so that future generations of your family will know who you are, one of the nicer gifts you can give your family is a graphical representation of your family tree. I recently learned about Arbor Arts, an online company that provides...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

  • Cultural Tradition of Passing on Oral History – Voices of The Elders Conference – APH

    I recently returned from the 2010 Association of Personal Historians Conference held in Victoria, British Columbia. The theme of this conference was “Voices of the Elders” and was named as such to “honor the First Nations, the first peoples of Canada,...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

  • Dick Eastman Reviews Maureen Taylor’s New Book “The Last Muster”

    My friend Maureen Taylor, aka The Photo Detective, just published her newest book, “The Last Muster.” “A remarkable work of documentary history, The Last Muster is a collection of rare nineteenth-century photographic images—primarily daguerreotypes,...

    Read more  ●  Monday, July 12th, 2010

  • Epiphanies, Ira Glass, and Why I Tell Stories

    Flickr photo:nathangibbs Since 1995, Ira Glass, one of the greatest storytellers of our time, has been the host of the radio show “This American Life,”a weekly hour-long show that is primarily journalistic non-fiction but also features essays, short fiction and occ...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

  • How Do You Process Your Memories?

    One of my clients recently gave me a cookbook as a gift, “Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow” written by Hans Rueffert, a friend of hers who is suffering from gastric cancer. Aside from the recipes, the book is about Rueffert’s own journey through dea...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

  • Keeping Your Memory Alive With Personal History

    Flickr Photo: Eric Lafforgue Yesterday, on the Association of Personal Historians Listserve, someone posted a question asking if anyone remembered an African proverb that was told to us by James Walsh. Walsh, a history professor at the University of Colorado at Denver,...

    Read more  ●  Friday, June 4th, 2010

  • Memorial Tribute for Dan Duncan

    A few weeks ago one of my clients, Dan Duncan, a well known businessman and philanthropist, passed away. His passing was unexpected and we were just days away from shooting new footage for a another tribute video on the Duncans. Both Dan and his wife Jan were chosen as...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

  • Multimedia Storytelling Reaches Technological Heights with Brian Storm

    At the end of March I attended an all-day workshop on Multimedia Storytelling led by Brian Storm of MediaStorm, an award-winning company based in New York and focused on creating cinematic narratives for distribution across a variety of platforms. The workshop was put ...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

  • My Grandmother’s Recipe For Franz Josef Cookies – The Secret Is Revealed!

    My grandmother almost carried the recipe for her famous cookies to her grave. She was a marvelous cook and had several recipes that were family favorites. She loved getting the praise and glory for producing these specialties for us and could never be coaxed to share t...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

  • On Memory and “The Truth”

    Flickr photo:paul (dex) I have been watching “In Treatment“, an HBO drama about a psychotherapist, Paul Weston (with award winning performance by Gabriel Byrne). Each episode is a session with one of his patients, including one session with his own therapis...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

  • PBS “Faces of America” To Ask “Where Do You Come From?”

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., noted scholar and biographer has a new, four-part PBS documentary to air February 10 – March 3 from 8-9 PM on your local PBS Channel. Focusing on 12 known US personalities such as Mario Batali, Dr. Oz, Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma and other well...

    Read more  ●  Monday, January 11th, 2010

  • Personal History Projects with Memory Loss Patients

    Flickr Photo: massagetherapyfoundation I have been working on preparing a presentation I am giving on March 2 at the Abundant Living Conference at Camp Allen. The conference spans 3 days and is billed as “Explore aging as a spiritual journey-grow mentally, social...

    Read more  ●  Friday, February 19th, 2010

  • Russia, In Color, 100 Years Ago

    Armenian woman in costume This website link from Boston.com was recommended on a listserve that I subscribe to and I wanted to share it with my readers. I can’t believe how haunted I am by these photos. They were taken between 1909 and 1912 by a photographer, Se...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

  • Starting the School Year With a Personal History Project

    Flickr photo: kyleabedalov When my own children were young, my father suggested taking a photograph of them every month, in the same location and pose. These photographs, he explained, could later be assembled into a type of time-line of their growth and development. W...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

  • Ted Grant And The Art of Observation – Video Biography and APH Speaker

    Growing up and living in the United States, I had never heard of Ted Grant or been exposed to his photojournalism, so I was not really sure who this keynote speaker was at the Association of Personal Historians 2010 Conference in Victoria BC earlier this month. For som...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010