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    Saturday
    Feb132010

    Memoir- To Live Twice

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “To write about one's life is to live it twice, and the second living is both spiritual and historical, for a memoir reaches deep within the personality as it seeks its narrative form.”
    Patricia Hampl
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    Susan Napier, a New Zealand born novelist, who has written over thirty romance novels was born on this day. Her book such as Reckless Conduct, Mistress of the Groom, The Love Conspiracy, and Savage Courtship have been described by Romantic Times magazines as “multilayered” with “well-defined characters and commanding conflict. Napier has twice won the Romantic Times Readers’ Choice Award.
    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:

    How has life been different than you expected? Think in terms of firsts - your first kiss, birth of a child, getting married, etc.

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