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

Archive for 2011



  • “There Is No Present Like The Time”

    Flickr photo:Robbert van der Steeg I was at a Bat Mitzvah this past Saturday and the presiding rabbi gave a sermon on the gift of time. He had seen an ad for a famous jewelry company that depicted a graduate in cap and gown, with a new watch on her arm. The caption was...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

  • Beyond Wills and Trusts – What Do You Do With Your Intellectual Property?

    Most people that have families take on the onerous and reflective task of writing a will which provides instructions for the distribution and disposable of our physical assets after we die. Some are very complicated and involve the establishment of trusts to by-pass gen...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

  • Calling All Texas Filmmakers – 2011 “Where I’m From” Film Contest

    This is the second year that Texas Monthly has hosted a short film contest during the annual Austin Film Festival. The contest provides a platform for Texans to share their Texas pride by making a film 10 minutes or less about Texas, your experiences in Texas or other ...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

  • Eulogy – A Way To Remember and Celebrate Someone

    Flickr photo: Ben Ward In Hove Because I am in the business of helping people create Legacy video biographies and tribute videos, people often want to share eulogies they have written for others. Yesterday a friend of mine sent me one that she had written for her mothe...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

  • Follow-Up On Settling My Parents Into Assisted Living

    Lately, I keep running into people who say, “I haven’t checked into your blog this week but I’m wondering how things are going with your parents?” These are questions that make me happy because I’m thrilled to know that people read my blog...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

  • Friday Dec. 2, 2011 – Tonight’s Guest on GeneaBloggers Talk Radio

    I will be one of three guest speakers on tonight’s GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 45 The title of the show is “Capturing Family Memories – All Year Round” and you can login online here to listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/geneabloggers/2011/...

    Read more  ●  Friday, December 2nd, 2011

  • Getting That Personal History Captured – NOW

    I have a new client that I just started working with. One of my customs is to request an invitation to dinner with the family before I start work. This gives me an excellent opportunity to study the social dynamics of each family. I get the opportunity to see them inte...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

  • Helping My Family – Where I Am Right Now

    I have been blogging on four years now and I often surprise myself how much I really have to say about this subject of capturing one’s story, one’s history, for posterity. It is something that I have been passionate about since I started Legacy Multimedia i...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

  • How I Save and Archive My Digital Photos

    I spend a lot of time flying back and forth between Houston and Los Angeles to visit my family. The flight is 3 hours and last year I made a commitment to spend that three hour time period working on sorting, identifying and tagging all of my digital photos. By the tim...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

  • How To Backup and Store Your Digital Photo Files

    Flickr photo: Chas.™ Last week I blogged about how I have been organizing and tagging all my digital photos during frequent 3 hour flights. I received several comments and questions from readers about what to do with those photos once they are tagged and organized in...

    Read more  ●  Friday, February 4th, 2011

  • How To Share Your Digital Photos With Family and Friends

    For the past two blog posts I have been writing about archiving (How I Save and Archive My Digital Photos), and storing digital photos (How To Backup and Store Your Digital Photo Files.) My first post on this subject looked at how I created an architecture to name and ...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

  • I Am An Interpreter

    I was recently telling someone about the work I do and I got some interesting feedback. He said, “you’re an interpreter.” I have been spending some time with that statement and find it very intriguing. I guess I have always collapsed an interpreter wi...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, April 7th, 2011

  • I Am Grateful For Holiday Traditions

    I started out this week on a note of frustration. There was one week to go until Christmas and my office was filled with boxes of cards, boxes of client gifts, and lots of nothing seeming to get done. I was remembering last year, in early January, how I thought to myse...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

  • On Loss, Impermanence and Personal History

    Flickr photo: Tomasito It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here and while I have been very busy with work and new clients, I have felt a missing of my creativity and inspiration. It occurred to me over the weekend that the source of my ennui was the...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 21st, 2011

  • Photo & Media Archiving – Where Do You Start?

    Flickr photo: timothynice It’s been a little over a month since my last blog post where I shared how I was heading out to Los Angeles to help my parents in their transition to an assisted living facility. I’m happy to report that they are settled in and mak...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

  • Sharing Photos With My Friends

    I’m often not sure what the age range of my readership is, but probably most of you are not too young to remember the old-style accordion photo wallets that people (primarily grandmothers) used to keep in their purses before the advent of digital devices that not...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, August 11th, 2011

  • The “Truth” In Video Biography

    Flickr photo:Sean Munson As I was waking up this morning, I was aware of a dream that I was having. In the dream, I was sitting at a dining room table with the family of a client that I had done a video biography for. It was obvious that this person had recently passed...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

  • The Daughters of the American Revolution

    Yesterday I gave a presentation to one of the local chapters of the DAR, or Daughters of the American Revolution for short. If you’re not familiar with the DAR, there are chapters all over the country (as well as other countries) of women who can trace their dire...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, October 6th, 2011