How to enjoy a snow storm New England style. A photo of two girls on top of a 15-foot snow bank.

One Way to Enjoy a Snow Storm

How to Enjoy a Snow Storm New England Style It’s April, and the snow is still falling in New England! This year the storms were relentless. Our neighborhood has remnants of branches and toppled trees strewn throughout yards and along the street. It’s a bit of an eerie feeling, to be honest. But those who live … Read more…

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What’s a Memoir?

Photo credit: Frank McKenna on Unsplash What’s a Memoir? Curious, compassionate people ask me every week, “What’s a memoir?” For twenty-five years, I worked as a data architect for multiple large corporations. And my family always asked, “What do you do again?” When I left Information Technology (IT) to pursue my dream to help parents … Read more…

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Talking Myself into a Masterpiece

Talking to Myself (NOTE: Being in my head as I create a masterpiece—or any time for that matter—is not for the faint of heart. Read with caution! 🙂 ) Michelle, you bought that big, empty canvas twelve years ago right after you changed the floor plan. You dreamed of painting with a deep yet vibrant … Read more…

Time For a Story-November Edition

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories, Michelle Beckman. Photo used with permission. When I start working with clients, they are often unsure of which stories to tell. I don’t care for long, dense books packed with story prompts. The suggestions can be overwhelming and can cause more burnout than success. However, I think a handful of … Read more…

And It Blew The House Down

The hum of our neighbor’s generator filled the pitch-black silence between my pleas, “Dear God, don’t let the old pines fall on our house tonight.” Jet engines overhead reminded me of the angst we felt just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Logan airport must have changed the flight path again. Wow, I feel sorry for … Read more…

Time For a Story-October Edition

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories, Michelle Beckman. Photo used with permission. When I start working with clients, they are often unsure of which stories to tell. I don’t care for long, dense books packed with story prompts. The suggestions can be overwhelming and can cause more burnout than success. However, I think a handful of … Read more…

5 Simple Ways to Honor Your Family History

“Aw, remember that one? Remember when we went camping, and it rained for ten days? I remember we had to sleep in the car!” “Look how cute she was!” Followed immediately with, “Actually, how cute she still is.” Sigh. “I loved that dress you made for me, Mom. Do we still have it?” Earlier this … Read more…

What about the “Stuff”?

Photo Credit: Joanna Kosinska via Unsplash.com is licensed under CC 0 1.0 public domain At the beginning of a crisis like Hurricane Harvey, everyone involved rightfully focuses on the only priority—saving lives. But, when the water recedes, residents and business owners assess the damage and cannot ignore the inevitable. Items that proved useful and necessary … Read more…

Stories Remind Us of Our Humanity

Photo Credit: Levi XU via Unsplash.com is licensed under CC 0 1.0 public domain Stories of humans helping humans have brought me to tears more than once this week. What is it about acts of kindness, courage, or unselfishness that evoke such profound emotion? Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas has brought much of our country … Read more…

Time For a Story-September Edition

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories, Michelle Beckman. Photo used with permission. When I start working with clients, they are often unsure of which stories to tell. I don’t care for long, dense books packed with story prompts. The suggestions can be overwhelming and can cause more burnout than success. However, I think a handful of … Read more…