January 2020

December 2019

An Unforgettable Gift

2020-04-17T16:44:45+00:00December 9th, 2019|

"If there were things we were going to capture, this was our last chance. The clock was ticking. Were we going to have one more Thanksgiving, one more Christmas? We didn't know. But we did know that we wanted to give this book about my parents' life as a gift to the family—a gift to them, to us and [...]

November 2019

Rotary Guest

2020-04-17T16:46:00+00:00November 26th, 2019|

I had so much fun sharing about the importance of preserving life stories at South Kent Rotary today! What a fun group of people and an incredible organization!

Thank You, Veterans

2020-04-17T16:45:25+00:00November 11th, 2019|

  "Every day I live in the desert. I can't get home." Persian Gulf War Veteran Bud Rieckman "You can't be normal. War is still in the back of your mind. You can't get rid of it." – WWII POW Harold Fitzner Fifteen years ago working as a rookie newspaper reporter at The Daily News, I had the privilege [...]

October 2019

Something Old to Something New

2020-04-17T16:46:12+00:00October 22nd, 2019|

A few weeks ago, I drove to Indianapolis to meet with this incredible woman. We sat around the table in her home and she showed me 88 handwritten pages (some in notebooks, some stapled, some loose) that her grandfather had written for her about his life. What a treasure! "My Grandpa led such a full life! We all enjoyed hearing [...]

September 2019

‘Honest to God Moonshine’

2020-04-17T16:49:14+00:00September 13th, 2019|

"My grandmother made fried chicken so good it would make you weep." I spent Tuesday afternoon interviewing my dad. I've interviewed him about his life before, but this time was more official, more Memory Lane Jane style! He told me stories about his grandparents, his parents, his early years...things I had never heard before or thought to ask about. He shared about [...]

Family Tree Time

2020-04-17T16:49:40+00:00September 2nd, 2019|

Traveling back in time to the 1600s today! I’m organizing two family trees for a client. One will actually fold out of the book and the other will be a professionally printed and folded poster that sits in a custom-made pocket on the inside of the front cover! Thank you to Fold Factory and Edition One Books for partnering with [...]

August 2019

No One Knows

2020-04-17T16:50:11+00:00August 31st, 2019|

Me: "Do your children know these stories?" Older Adult: "Well, no. I've never told them." I can't tell you how many times I have heard this. Today I had the privilege of interviewing a very influential older woman in Grand Rapids for another book I'm writing...not hers (yet!). She told me story after story about what it was like to [...]

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