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Photos and memoir writing

January 3, 2015

Tags: Guided Autobiography, memoir writing

Art Begins with a Story: Pat McNees, brief video of me talking about how looking at photos can help remember what went on in your life, which is handy when you are involved in memoir writing (plus, it helps you figure out where (more…)

Why I love teaching Guided Autobiography (by Lisa Smith-Youngs)

June 4, 2014

Tags: memoir writing, Guided Autobiography Group, Lisa Smith-Youngs

Lisa Smith-Youngs
Guest post by Lisa Smith-Youngs
I look across the table at the steely blue eyes of the 80-year-old man
(from NASA) with a gorgeous, full shock of white hair and I see the little
boy who grew up under the boughs of hemlocks and redwoods in the San
Francisco Presidio, where he salvaged kapok vests and dynamite from Baker Beach and China Beach -- “playthings” that fell off the Navy ships (more…)

Connecting the dots: Steve Jobs' wisdom

October 7, 2011

Tags: Reminiscence, memoir writing, wisdom, advice, personal history

Read Steve Jobs' commencement address at Stanford (2005) to get a sense of what drove him. To quote him: "Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect (more…)