Vote Now to Change the Life of Seniors

Depression should not be considered a normal part of aging, yet is the most common mental health problem for Seniors.

Vote now for a program to address this crisis immediately and begin a world-wide Memoir Movement. Vote at https://talks.ontario.ca/ under SENIORS/PRESERVE THE STORIES OF ONTARIO SENIORS.

You can judge a country by the way it treats its seniors. One click of a button from you...

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You may be Walking Through a Mine Field as you Write War Stories

One thing to remember about writing someone else’s war stories, for example, one of your ancestor’s, is that you may be walking through a minefield. But, if you handle the subject with sensitivity and compassion, you will pay a great tribute to your soldier.

MINE ONE - Fact-check. Avoid inaccurate dates, clashes, locations, ranks. Cross-check your facts, and then cross-check again.

MINE TWO ...

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It's Time for Your Winter Retreat

As the December hullabaloo fades into memory, Mother Winter tightens her grip. Animals scatter, trees bow, cars cough, children hide in snowsuits. Icy winds stir. Snow falls... and falls. The world looks like the Christmas card you just packed away.

It’s time for knitted socks, lotions, stews, root vegetables, melted cheese and chocolate; a time to rest, look inward, and restore. Before...

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Write about the Loss of an Infant

Introduction

Loss of a young child is a quiet, unfamiliar, and misunderstood grief that has many layers: loss of parenthood, loss of hopes and dreams, and what is paramount – the loss of a little Loved One.

 

Loss of a New Parent

There you were – a new parent. In a different state. Hormones were ramped up. Perhaps you were glowing, empowered, nervous, tired, or overwhelmed with pride. You had...

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Write Your Divorce Vows

As difficult as a loss of relationship may appear, this is a new beginning for you, a new venture into the unknown; and how you approach this new venture is up to you.

One way to begin is to write your ‘Divorce Vows’. Don’t think logically here; instead go with your heart, and desire. What you write may seem far-fetched and unattainable right now - it may even go against who you believe you...

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Eulogy Template

The preparation of a eulogy, whether it’s formal or simply a few casual words, normally takes place under extreme emotional upheaval coupled with a tight time frame. Whatever the circumstances of your Loved One’s death – natural, illness, trauma, suicide – together, here today, we will produce a heart-felt tribute that may be treasured forever.

 

Let us begin ...

People do not belong to us in...

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Write a Love Letter to your Child this Christmas

Introduction

Love Letters tell all. They can accompany a birthday gift, a graduation gift, or they can simply be given quite randomly, for 'love's' sake. A letter creates a wonderful platform where you can express your deepest emotions, and the good news is - the words you write remain engraved in the history of time.  

 

The Letter

Go through the stages of your child's life: Working...

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How to Cope with Bereavement over the Holidays

 

 

INTRODUCTION

For many of you there will be empty spaces during the holidays that were once filled with the presence of your Loved One.

 

 

 

WHY THE HOLIDAYS ARE A DIFFICULT TIME OF YEAR?

  • this is generally the time of year when Loved Ones gather
  • we do not feel part of the celebration of togetherness
  • we sometimes pretend we are not hurting; but in truth, our hurt is magnified

 

SOME WAYS...

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Who's More Interested in Writing their Memoir? Men? or Women?

A slow dawning …. the more I listen to people, the more it seems like ‘MEN’ are more interested in writing their life stories, than women. I’m not drawing any huge marketing conclusions from this just yet:
 
Perhaps men want to be heard ‘loud and clear’,
or they need analysis of their life and the world,
or they want to share their ideas,
or they want to speak without interruption,
or...

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Announce Your Birth with Pride!

When you write about your birth, announce it proudly! In lights, with fireworks, accompanied by triumphant trumpets trumpeting!

Not all of us entered the world stage amid pomp and ceremony. Not all of us were lovingly cleansed with frankincense. But one thing is certain, in DNA terms we all had about 1 in 400,000,000,000 chances of existing and we won!

Take your readers back to the times of...

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What’s your stand on things as they stand today?

Under the PRESENT section in The Biography Timeliner, Question 11.193 asks ‘What would I like to say to the American President?’

Because of the change of power currently happening in one of the world’s major countries, your opinion will be valuable, insightful, and maybe even entertaining to your future generations. Or even to yourself in a decade’s time.

As we look back on our ancestor’s...

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One Word To Anyone Trying to Write in English – Bravo!

English - where all rules have exceptions. Where sounds and letters hardly ever agree.

Where we ‘see a movie’ but we ‘watch TV’. Where a ‘fat chance’ and a ‘slim chance’ mean the same thing, and where a ‘wise man’ and a ‘wise guy’ are opposites. Where a bunch of consonants are often strung together with just one vowel to help us pronounce the word – like in the word ‘strengths’. And what about...

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Immigrant Ancestors did it for You

Some of us can only imagine how bleak things must have been for our ancestors to leave the ‘knowing’ of their homeland and to set their sights on the uncertainty of the New World.

Maybe it was an accumulation of troubles that made them decide to leave: smallpox, suppression, debt, food shortages, religious persecution, plagues ... Posters for their salvation flashed everywhere – “Come and own...

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What’s in Your Family Name?

No one invented peoples’ names; names simply developed and then expanded as the world became more populated. The history of names is a comprehensive one as not only did names advance differently in every country; naming customs within those countries kept changing from generation to generation.

Before William the Conqueror set out to ‘affix England to Normandy’ people were called simple names...

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Boost Your Emotional System by Writing

As children we are taught what to say and what to feel by parents, teachers, the parish, and when we grow up spouses, censor boards, friends, governments, bosses and the media flood our brain with propaganda. “What should I think?” and “What do I think?” become a moral and ethical calamity.

When Jackie Kennedy stood stoic at her husband’s funeral the world said, “Wow, what a strong woman she...

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Write It All!

Mean people, nice people, peculiar trends, awful tragedies; these things keep us involved in our lives.

Without villains there are no heroes,

without creepy relatives – no normal ones,

without disasters – no rescuers,

without hate – no love.

Life is about conflict – conflict with ourselves, with others, with our divinity.

Write it all! Write it all! Write it all!

you can always wash your hands...

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How To Handle Real Live Characters In Your Writing

When writing your biography treat other characters
how you'd like to be treated if they were writing
about you.

It's a juggling act because you don't want to downplay your story by fudging the truth of how your grade six teacher deliberately threw a box of pins on the floor and made you pick them up, but always be aware of the consequences of writing disparaging remarks about people who could...

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Why are People Writing their Stories?

We write to solve mysteries
There comes a time in most people’s lives when they grow curious about things like family origins, community, country. “Why was my brother so unhappy?” “Why did we take our war effort into Angola?” “When did I stop caring about school?”

We write to discover who our ancestors really were
As we start digging into our ancestors’ lives we could find hidden treasure...

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