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    Parents as Family Historians

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “Of all the responsibilities a parent has the most vital and least acknowledged is that of Family Historian.”
    Karrie Bolden
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak was born on this day in 1890. A poet in his early life he published books of poems including My Sister Life and Early Trains. He is best known for his novel Dr. Zhivago which won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The book’s subject matter was so controversial in the Soviet Union that Pasternak had to smuggle it out of the USSR for its initial publication in Italy. The novel was roundly criticized by communists who joked, “I haven’t read Pasternak, but I condemn him.” Dr. Zhivago was credited with helping to launch the Russian dissident movement.
    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 do you now understand about parenting, that you didn’t when you were a child and didn’t like or understand your parent’s rules. What were these rules? What was the situation that changed your understanding?

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