Tell your story- weekly roundup of articles and inspiration to help you write, interview or tell someone your story.


Sharing is caring, right? This week we were overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of articles we came across. So here is a rundown of the research, tips and story prompts that have inspired us.

Inspiration from the week of August 9, 2017

Our original Sunday Edition article is:

1. The Healing Power of Music – Memory, Cancer and Spirituality

Music and memory - studies show spiritual music helps cancer patient

2. How religious songs can help cancer patients heal

Related to our Sunday Edition article, read this wonderful piece by Pam Auchmutey, from the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University. about:

3. From FamilySearch a simple but great story prompt: “What did you love about your neighborhood growing up?”

Rhonda’s answer was easy: growing up free-range in a small town! What is your answer?

52 questions poster by FamilySearch
52 questions poster by FamilySearch

4. 52 Questions by FamilySearch

52 Stories poster downloadto download a poster of some great question prompts by FamilySearch.

5. Are you an Explorer or a Planter?

The lovely Valerie Brown Elkins (who happens to be a rockstar genealogist) posed this thought-provoking question: “One thing I have noticed about ancestors is that there tends to be planters/builders (those who stay for generations) and adventurers/explorers (those who take risks and embrace change). In your family are there more planters or explorers or both? Is it just one family line or multiple lines? I’m definitely an explorer, what are you?”

Rhonda’s answer:  I love this question! My line seems like a mix of planters vs. explorers. As I mulled over the question for a couple days, I think I’m a mix of both tendencies. Is quitting a day job with health insurance more of a planter or explorer move? It takes a certain sense of adventure and risk tolerance. But I also feel like I’m planting…an orchard (not annuals) that I hope will result in both deep roots –while still affording plenty of excitement.

6. Family Disputes about Memories

Tell the truth, sure. But whose version of the truth? We discuss this topic a lot in our classes! Read a great article in Psychology Today for insight, by Dr. Robyn Fivush, Ph.D.

7. Writing Another Person

Anybody out there writing someone else’s story? Ooh, we are, we are! (Every day). This article is for you…and us.  by Denis Ledoux, published by the National Association of Memoir Writers. Click here.

8. How a record helped me uncover a family story

What is your most surprising family discovery? Read some wonderful little stories about what people have uncovered, published by FamilySearch. Click here.


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