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

Archive for 2012



  • 2012 World Storytelling Day – March 20

    Flickr photo:wirwuen Who are we? Besides living organisms, we are a story, the details (sub-stories) are connected to other people’s stories and they are part of community stories, family stories, national stories…. you get where I’m going here. I have a...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

  • A Tribute To My Mother – Mother’s Day 2012

    This past weekend was Mother’s Day. I had a lovely day with my oldest son and husband. We had lunch and went to see The Hunger Games which I enjoyed. My favorite thing to do is watch movies so if you’re wanting to do something special for me, take me to a m...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

  • Creating an Oral History to Capture and Preserve Unique Life Stories

    Flickr photo: c-weiss First of all, what is oral history? Put simply it is a collection of testimonies by living persons to record their unique life stories. They are not based on gossip, hearsay or rumors. Instead, oral histories are chronicles of direct observations ...

    Read more  ●  Monday, September 24th, 2012

  • Danish Cultural Perceptions Toward Oral History

    Last week I was at an annual conference for the Association of Personal Historians in St. Louis, Missouri. This is my fourth conference to attend, and one of the highlights for me is catching up with people from all over the world that I communicate with regularly bu...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

  • Filming a Tribute Testimonial

    Last week I spent two days filming 13 people giving testimonials for 13 other people for an event in early December. This event is an annual social event that honors local Houstonians for their charitable and philanthropic commitments.I am not going to name names but...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

  • Gone But Not Forgotten – A Video Memoir

    A couple of months ago, a good friend of mine’s brother passed away unexpectedly. He was in his late 30s and while he did have some medical issues, there was nothing that would have predicted a young and untimely death. Naturally his family was devastated. A memor...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, July 14th, 2012

  • My Top Five Photo Sharing Websites

    One of my blog readers recently wrote asking me about the best way to share photos with family members who are far away. She was interested in having family members help her identify people in her photos but was hesitant to put the photos in the mail, fearing they may ...

    Read more  ●  Friday, January 27th, 2012

  • Our Top Six Online Memorial Websites

    Ryan Brenizer It’s human nature to want to memorialize someone who has recently died. We want people to know who they were by allowing friends and family to come together and provide thoughts, insights and memories of the departed. Online, this is big business. Th...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 5th, 2012

  • Photo Preservation Reminder In The Wake of Hurricane Sandy

    I was watching some news coverage of Hurricane Sandy a few days ago and there was a woman standing on the site of what was once her home, holding a battered and soggy wedding photo of her parents. She was sobbing, saying this was the only photo she could find of her par...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, November 15th, 2012

  • Reminiscence and Life Review – The Experience of Melancholy

    My Dad during a reflective moment. I was speaking with a friend the other day about my observations of some of the people that I work with, explaining that for some people, there is a melancholy in their recollections of the past and where they are today. My friend to...

    Read more  ●  Friday, December 7th, 2012