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"The reason I know all of these stories is that my mom is a genealogist. But as she says, she’s a family storyteller. And she describes that across all her decades of research and interviews, the war story is the same: These are not numbers. Every life is unique, every loss grieved." — Emily Compagno Every life matters. Every story [...]
“Anything tough that we’ve gone through or had to do is just something that’s been better for us — because if we hadn’t had challenges at all, I don’t think we’d be as happy as we are now.” — Lyle Leach Courtesy of The Columbian Lyle and Alice Leach, a couple in their 90s, have the sweetest love [...]
As a life story writer, I've had the privilege of getting to know lots of staff and residents at retirement communities around Grand Rapids. They've shared with me the hardships they're facing because of Covid-19. We've been working hard as a family to bring joy and smiles to as many of them as possible. Here are a few recent [...]
Do you have older family members living alone during the Covid-19 outbreak? Here are some wonderful suggestions for decreasing social isolation among seniors while maintaining physical distance: Snail mail (Write letters to children, grandkids, longtime friends or strangers in need) Schedule daily or weekly phone calls, texts, email, FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook GrandPad (tablet designed for seniors; a good option [...]
I had the privilege of being interviewed by the Grand Rapids Business Journal for a story about Memory Lane Jane's Remote Life Story Interview package. Check it out here!
The screen is black. "Lauren, are you there? Can you hear me? Can you see me?" "No, mom. Your video isn't on." "Where is that button? Where is your father? %&*@." Click. "Mom? Are you ok? Mom? MOM?" Technology isn't my parents forte. We rarely FaceTime. We don't hangout on Google or chat on WhatsApp. You'd be hard-pressed to find [...]
Imagine opening a 2,000-piece puzzle box and dumping the pieces on the ground. There is no picture to follow, there is no guide...just thousands of puzzle pieces. Ready, set, build! When I talk to families about writing their loved ones' life stories, I often use this analogy to describe the process. After we get the transcriptions of the audio recording [...]
"I think you always want to hire somebody that's better than you. If you're given that opportunity, take it. Never turn that down..." Stacey Cunningham, President of the New York Stock Exchange When I was younger, I always wanted to be the smartest person in the room, the wisest, the best at all the things. As I've gotten older (and [...]
Harry "Guy" Gustin wanted to talk. "On three different occasions during the last years of his life, my dad asked me to sit down and listen to some stories about his life," said his son Carl, Assignment Editor for Fox17 News and my former editor at The Daily News. "But I was always too busy. I didn't have the time." Like [...]