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    Too Much Caution in Memoirs

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “In the writing of memoirs, as in the production of shows, too much caution causes the audience to nod and think of other channels.”
    Gerald Clarke
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    American writer Edgar Allan Poe was born on this day in 1809. Poe produced a series of stories of gothic horror including The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-tale Heart, and The Mask of the Red Death. He was also the first American writer to create science fiction and detective stories. His best known work may be the poem The Raven for which he as paid only $9 when it was published in the Evening Mirror in 1845.
    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:

    Have you had to overcome any unusual obstacles or hardships (e.g., economic, familial, physical)?

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