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…

Top 25 Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Who Already Have Everything They Need!

In 2016 I wrote Collecting Stories of “Stuff”. Many of our parents and grandparents are downsizing and/or moving into senior living facilities of one kind or another. They don’t need or want more things—more “stuff”—but we still want to show them our appreciation with a gift. Finding the right gift for a loved one is … Read more…

Collecting Stories of “Stuff”

Do you have a favorite collection? In my line of work, I hear about so many interesting collections. My husband’s aunt used to collect Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. My Aunt Gert used to collect teacups. I met a couple recently who collect antique cars. When I was in my twenties, I collected shot glasses—crazy … Read more…

Who Cares about Dad’s Ordinary Heirlooms?

Please Note: This article originally ran in June of 2014. I have refreshed it for publication in 2016. Reading Time:  About 3.5 minutes After I attended our Association of Personal Historians conference in Washington, D.C. in November of 2014, I drove back to Massachusetts and stopped overnight at my mother-in-law’s house. Her 90-something parents, my … Read more…