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    Friday
    Feb122010

    The Wisdom of Storytelling

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “Why was Solomon recognized as the wisest man in the world? Because he knew more stories (proverbs) than anyone else. Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and we’re all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories.”
    Alan Kay, VP Disney
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    Judy Blume, the writer of books for children and young adults, was born on this day in 1938. Blume’s books have sold 80 million copies and are published in 31 languages. She is known for taking on controversial subjects like racism, menstruation, divorce, bullying, masturbation and teen sex in books like Are You There God? This is Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, and Blubber. Because of the nature of her themes, Blume has often been a target of would be censors. Her book, Forever, was the most frequently challenged book of 2005. Blume has won a Margaret A Edwards from the American Library Association and has been recognized as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
    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 ever traveled to a foreign country? Describe that trip.

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