3 Family Traditions and How to Write About Them

Gael Gilliland and her dad singing

Ah, family traditions. Those activities we do with the people we love, over and over again. Even when we tire of the activity and desperately want to do something else. This post isn’t about one of those kinds of traditions. For the next few moments, I’m going to regale you with one of my favorite…

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How to honor death & grief

honor death - candles in the dark representing death

This weekend is one of the hardest ones out of the year for me. Mostly because Saturday is the date of my Dad’s death. He actually died on Tuesday. Dates and days are funny things when they come up so many years later. Our bodies remember the days rather than the dates, at least that…

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5 minute storytelling & memory loss

Female nurse and elderly female patient

Recently I had the chance to visit my grandfather in his memory care home. It had been a number of years since I had seen him, so the changes in him were overwhelming evident. I knew going in that he would not be the person I remembered as a young woman. I also knew that…

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4 Ways to Revisit New Year’s Resolutions

Revisiting Resolutions

Have you checked in with your #NewYears Resolutions? Sometimes the best plans get pushed to the side when we get hit with everyday things. That is why it’s important to set time aside to make sure you’re giving yourself the best. While you’re at it, don’t forget to #checkIn with your loved ones. Need some…

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How to Document Religious Memories and Moments

Religious Holiday Storytelling

In December, I thought it would be fun to apply the 5-minute storytelling process to some of the major religious holidays and events during the last month of the calendar year. The inspiration came after being asked to create Christmas prompts. I felt it was important to represent as much as I could. This is a…

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