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    Autobiography as an Affirmation of Life

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “Autobiography is the most fascinating thing you can do because you get to touch the human condition. And in the end, what else is there? To me, it's the ultimate affirmation of life, and a miracle of this transient, extremely fragile organism. To celebrate that, I think, is a noble thing to do.”
    Jim Dine
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    William Kennedy, the American novelist who has written seven depicting Irish-American characters in and around Albany, New York, was born on this day in 1928. His novels include The Ink Tuck, Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game, and Roscoe. His 1984 novel Ironweed won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Kennedy wrote the screenplay for the movie The Cotton Club with Francis Ford Coppola.
    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:

    Tell about the changes you've seen in your lifetime. Did your grandparents or parents ever talk about the changes in their lifetimes?

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