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…

7 Ways to Protect Your Online Identity

One component of your Legacy of Love is Facts and Information. In order to protect your online identity and your Treasured Possessions that have financial value, you need to know how to protect your facts that online thieves want to steal. 1: Know the key data items that thieves want to steal: your name, address, … Read more…

How to Help Your Child with His First Autobiography Assignment

By Michelle Beckman, Sunday Dinner Stories A version of this article was originally published in 2013 on SundayDinnerStories.com. Reading Time:  About 3 minutes The Emergency Homework Interruption It was 3:30 on a Tuesday afternoon.  My two beautiful children had just returned home from school.  They independently initiated their afternoon routine—snack, pet, homework. With laser focus, … Read more…

6 Veterans Day Facts that Might Surprise You

Photo and artwork credit: Michelle Beckman Reading Time: About 3 minutes My husband’s family includes a long line of military servicemen and women. My husband is a Marine and served in Desert Storm—once a Marine, always a Marine. His grandfather served in the Army during WWII. My husband’s aunt and uncle served in the Army for … Read more…

4 Reasons Genealogists Make Awesome Memoir Authors

Credit: Gabriella Garcia Marengo via Unsplash.com Reading Time: About 2 minutes Audience: Genealogists, Baby Boomers, Busy moms (and dads), grandparents 1. You know how to record an accurate and comprehensive sequence of events. Drafting your Life Story Timeline is the first step in my Time 4 A S-T-O-R-Y Recipe for Memoir Success. As a research and … Read more…

Will Your Family Share These 20 Stories On Thanksgiving Before It’s Too Late?

Photo Courtesy of Sonja Langford Reading Time:  About 2 minutesAudience:  Baby Boomers, Busy moms (and dads), grandparents A few years ago, our family enjoyed a festive Thanksgiving weekend with my husband’s family. Since they live a few states away from us, we rarely see these family members in person. On Thanksgiving Day, I ask each … Read more…

How a Family Timeline Can Jumpstart Your Personal History Project

By Michelle Beckman, Sunday Dinner Stories A version of this article was originally published in 2013 on SundayDinnerStories.com. Reading Time:  About 3 minutes The Emergency Homework Interruption It was 3:30 on a Tuesday afternoon.  My two beautiful children had just returned home from school.  They independently initiated their afternoon routine—snack, pet, homework. With laser focus, … Read more…