“Apart from the before, the now has little meaning. The now is only a thin slice of who I am; isolated from the rich deposits of before, it cannot be understood.”
Eugene Peterson in “Run with the Horses”
I believe we have a sacred responsibility to share our stories as our spiritual legacy for our families and for others who may benefit from them. Today is just a “slice” of the life we’ve lived. Who we are is determined in many ways by those who came before us. Family stories inform our lives and it’s important to preserve and share them.
A couple of years ago, I sat down with my Dad and began recording some of the stories he had told us around the kitchen table growing up. I added them to my own memories of my Dad, and together we self-published a little book about his years growing up in a small town during The Great Depression, about his service to our country in the United States Air Force and about the many jobs he held in and around my hometown in his 85 years.
Drawing from the 20 years I spent as a news reporter and feature writer, I’ve created an e-book which I’m offering free to subscribers of my blog. The book is called “Do Tell! Why Your Life Stories Matter and How To Capture Them.” The basic template for gathering facts to create a news article is to ask the 5 Ws and 1 H: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. “Do Tell” is a tool for interviewing yourself and crafting a “people feature” that can become part of your life legacy, whether it’s as written word – a blog, essay, journal, a book – or as a verbal record or even visual art.
When you sign up as a subscriber, I’ll send it off to you via e-mail.