A Night Spent Remembering

2020-10-23T13:01:00+00:00October 23rd, 2020|

Rarely, if ever, do we take the time to sit down and reflect on our lives together with our family members. Earlier this month, I had the privilege of sitting with three siblings for over three hours to collect memories for their parents’ life story book. We talked through the great, the good, the bad, and the ugly. It was such [...]

Dad’s Fudge Recipe: The Holiday Gift that Keeps on Giving

2020-10-23T12:54:09+00:00October 22nd, 2020|

Everyone loved Ken Cole's fudge. "Dad loved to bake and he was so good at it," said Cole's daughter Kristin Dykstra. "We looked forward to his fudge every Christmas." When Cole  was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 66 in 2018, and only given months to live, Dykstra decided to partner with Memory Lane Jane to preserve [...]

The Open Door Project

2020-10-23T12:55:56+00:00October 17th, 2020|

I’ve always been fascinated by people’s stories—where they came from, what they enjoy, what keeps them up at night. There’s something powerful about sitting across from someone, looking them in the eye and hearing about their life. It’s amazing how even 15 minutes of listening can foster so much connection, understanding and friendship. Storytelling builds bridges. Since the start of [...]

First Annual Neighborhood “Art Walk”

2020-10-23T11:47:38+00:00October 17th, 2020|

The Celadon neighborhood Fun Club isn't letting Covid-19 keep us isolated! The citywide ArtPrize event was canceled, but that didn't keep us from drawing more than a few dozen submissions across three age categories for a neighborhood "Art Walk" event. Thanks to Fox17 for helping us celebrate! Personally, I had a blast conducting 17 life story interviews for a display [...]

The Power of Storytelling

2020-09-30T14:04:26+00:00September 30th, 2020|

Have you had the opportunity to check out Humans of New York? For the past ten years, Brandon Stanton has been giving his followers (more than 20 million on social media) daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City and all over the world. His most recent storytelling project, "Tattletales from Tanqueray," chronicles the [...]

Sharing Memories

2020-09-30T13:49:10+00:00September 27th, 2020|

"It felt good to be able to remember and to have the opportunity to share about our friend." Last week I had the privilege of meeting with four women to share memories about their dear friend who passed away suddenly several years ago. I am working on a life story book for their friend's husband. We are also retelling his [...]

Precious Letters

2020-09-24T15:19:37+00:00September 24th, 2020|

These are some of the letters my life story client sent right before his brother was shipped out to fight in the Vietnam War. “I don’t envy you or anybody that’s over there, but I really admire you. At least one can give a sigh of relief that it’s for one year.” His brother was killed within 30 days. [...]

Celebrating Three Years of Life Storytelling

2020-09-30T14:31:39+00:00September 20th, 2020|

We have so much to celebrate this month! It's the three-year anniversary of starting Memory Lane Jane. I can't believe it. Three years ago I had a dream and no idea if anyone would be interested in preserving their life stories...maybe I was crazy. Nowas it stands this month, we've completed six life story books, two are at print, three [...]

MLJ In the News

2020-07-16T13:51:13+00:00June 24th, 2020|

My first writing gig was working as a college intern at Grand Rapids Magazine. The experience was invaluable. I'm honored to now be featured in the magazine that launched me on my career path. Check out the article here. Want to see more of Memory Lane Jane in the news? Watch this interview on the Fox17 Morning Show. Read this [...]

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