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    Wednesday
    Feb032010

    The Function of Memoir and family History

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “A time's true colors fade with the passing of those who moved through it. Thus one of the oldest uses of history, oral and written, is its memorial function, the capacity to keep long-gone times vivid, recovering for those present a little of the life that might otherwise be lost.”
    Tom Clark
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    James Michener, author of sweeping popular novels, was born on this day in 1907. Michener won the Pulitzer Prize for Tales of the South Pacific. His novels include: Hawaii, The Drifters, Centennial, The Source, The Fires of Spring, Chesapeake, Caribbean, Caravans, Alaska, Texas, and Poland. His non-fiction includes Sports in America, Iberia and his memoir The World is My Home.
    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 is life like for your grandparents today? How different is it from their earlier life?

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