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    Friday
    Jan152010

    George Bernard Shaw on Writing Memoirs 

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.”
    George Bernard Shaw
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    Ernest J. Gaines, the author of the novels A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, was born on this day in 1933. Gaines has been both a MacArthur and a Guggenheim Fellow. His 1993 novel A Lesson Before Dying won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Gaines has also been awarded a National Humanities Medal.
    Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
    Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:

    What is your most admirable talent? What talent do you not have that you would like to? What keeps you from developing this talent?

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