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