Today was a big day! I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to share about my passion for storytelling with thousands of people on live TV! My heart is full!
"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 [...]
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!
"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 [...]
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 [...]
Who’s that woman featured next to the Calvin University president? It’s me! It’s me! I’m so honored to have Memory Lane Jane featured in my alumni magazine this quarter! Check out the article here.
"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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Barbara told me this was her special “grandma kiss.” After spending days together talking about the good, bad, ugly, and beautiful spanning 80-plus years of life, the people I interview become more like family than clients. I had the privilege of spending last week in Huntington Beach interviewing Barbara and Basil (I want them as my grandpa and grandma), two [...]