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    Monday
    Jan182010

    Memoirs: History's Backstairs

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “Memoirs are the backstairs of history.”
    George Meredith
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    English writer A.A. Milne was born on this day in 1882. Milne wrote for the humor magazine Punch and produced 18 plays and three novels before publishing a 1925 collection of short stories titled a Gallery of Children which became the first of his Winnie-the-Pooh stories. With the publication of the Pooh stories, Milne’s children’s stories eclipsed his writings in other genres. In his Autobiography he observed, “…what an obsession with me children have become.”
    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 are some of your favorite smells? Why? What emotions or memories do they evoke?

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