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    Monday
    Jan042010

    Ben Franklin on Writing Memoirs

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “That which most resembles living one’s life over again seems to be to recall all the circumstances of it; to render this remembrance more durable, to record them in writing.”
    Benjamin Franklin
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    German mythologist and librarian Jakob Grimm was born on this day in 1785. Along with his brother Wilhelm he collected German folk tales which they published in 1812 as Children’s and Household Tales. The book soon became known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It contained such familiar stories as Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel. W.H. Auden called the Grimm’s Fairy Tales one of the foundational works of Western culture.
    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:

    Describe an interesting fact or a surprising piece of information from your family history.

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