You wouldn’t know by this photo that “the most important person in the world isn’t here any more.” My friend, René Thornton Jr., was the
My mom confessed “I dreaded Mother’s Day”
A friend once asked me what it was like having a mother who was so supportive. I have thought about that question a lot since
On gradually losing my mom: She is the sea and she says hush, hush, hush
This week I share an article I wrote a while back about losing my mom while she’s still here. So much has changed in her
Ancestral homes – How to research the story of a home or building
There can be an uncanny connection to ancestral homes and the places where our forebears walked. In our line of work, we’ve noticed some pretty
What can you learn from a contrarian?
One of the most exhilarating projects I have ever worked on is to act as co-author with James M. Sweeney for his upcoming book, The
Is Yours a Redemption Story?
I remember asking my boss for help a couple of years ago and it prompted me to write in my journal, “My younger self wouldn’t
How to write dialogue in a true story
Should you include dialogue in your memoir, autobiography, or family history? What if you don’t remember exactly what people said? In this article, we’ll address
Writing a book template and checklist for a beautiful interior layout
Here is a collection of tips, best practices, and “writing a book templates” if you are writing a book, especially for the interior layout part.
An Adoption Story Touches My Heart 160 Years Later
Preface: This is an adoption story of enduring love, and pure hope. Also, it intertwines with my own family story (and I didn’t see that coming.) The
Make a ‘Stop Doing’ List
I have a question for you. Is it time to quit? Did I just say that? Okay, I don’t mean to quit what’s most important