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    Tuesday
    Jan262010

    Montaigne on Memoir

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “Who does not see that I have taken a road along which I shall go, without stopping and without effort, as long as there is ink and paper in the world? I cannot keep a record of my life by my actions; fortune places them too low. I keep it by my thoughts.”
    Michel de Montaigne
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    British mathematician, logician, photographer and Anglican deacon Charles Lutwidge Dotson, known by his pen-name Lewis Carroll was born on this day in 1832. Carroll was a friend of Pre-Raphelite poets John Ruskin and Dante Gabriel Rosetti. He wrote poems like The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky which are part of the genre of literary nonsense. He is best known for the stories he made up for the children Henry Liddell. The stories are collected in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
    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 most wonderful thing that has ever happened to you.

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