|Could your grandchildren pass a test
on your family history?
|Personal history is something everyone has -- it is the daily
events that compose your life, and your feelings during those
events. Personal history is the memory of how you dealt with
the minor crisis of your daughter opening a can of whipped
cream from the bottom. It is also how you overcame the major
crisis of losing your job after the birth of your first child.
Personal history is the story of how you lived your life, coped
with its vagaries, enjoyed its pleasures. It's also about where
you were and how you felt during the great events of national
and global history.
Lifewriting is much more than autobiography. It is an
opportunity for you to come to an understanding of yourself
and your life as well as to inform and delight your reader.
|Me and Dave and his "new" bike ~1960
|Ethical wills are closely allied with personal histories. Ethical
wills, rich in ancient tradition, can be traced to Biblical times
and are found in most cultures. In our frenetic, technological
age, an ethical will provides the means for you to pass on your
values, your beliefs, your ethics.
An ethical will is not a legal document such as a last will and
testament or a living will; rather, it is a moral and spiritual
guide for your children and grandchildren. It is a love letter to
your family wherein you share your personal principles and the
wisdom you've gained through living. It is a gift from the heart
-- the most precious "thing" you can bequeath to your family.
|The bitterest tears
shed over graves are
for words left unsaid
and deeds left undone.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
|Need a speaker or presentation
for your next group meeting?
Please call (540-473-3998) or e-mail me
to discuss your needs.
|Small Projects with Big Impact
|A personal history project need not be a 200-page bound book.
Please contact me to learn how we can collaborate on these small
books, or to discuss your idea:
~ a tribute for your pet
~ an engagement or anniversary story
~ your vacation memories
~ a memorable episode or special relationship in your life
Consider your (or a family member or friend's) life or story in a
frame! Gathered Threads is a great small project uniquely
combining your photos and stories on an acid-free posterboard
and can be purchased framed or unframed. I'll meet with you at
your home to discuss your project and gather your stories and
This is a wonderful, personalized gift for any occasion including
births, weddings, anniversaries. Ideal for nursing home
residents, on their door or at their bedside.
Size and content can be customized. Costs range from $75 - $500,
depending on size, content and frame.
New Castle, DE
|The way to get
meaning into your life
is to devote yourself. .
something that gives
Tuesdays with Morrie
|You are the curator of
your children's heritage.
|Who uses Homespun Legacy?
memories are rooted
Leaving a Trace
|The new Marine, Parris Island
|The new puppy, retrieving
|Preserving your family identity through the generations
Capturing family wisdom from life experience
Personal growth through uncovering your life's recurring themes
Offering the gift of a lifetime to your family
|When I was
younger, I could
whether it had
happened or not.
|Coming March, 2007
A Women's Lifewriting Retreat
Click here for details.
|Don't wait to spin your family's threads.
Gather those memories now and
put it on the page!
Please call or e-mail me today to find out how.
|Copyright 2005 Susan Mason All rights reserved.