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Motivation

Life Writing Yields Weight Loss & Other Benefits

by Memoir Mentor on July 30, 2014

My friend Lori Parker sent me an article published in Psychological Science claiming that certain kinds of personal, reflective writing can actually help you lose weight! How about that? Simply put, a study found that a group of female undergraduates assigned to¬†write an essay¬†about a value that was important to them lost a few pounds […]

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Connecting the Generations

by Memoir Mentor on May 24, 2014

Over the years, many of my students have complained about children who show little interest in their family history. “I don’t know why I’m working so hard on my family history,” they tell me. “No one in my family will read it.” Sound familiar? Sometimes it’s difficult to get young people interested in their forebears–older […]

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I’ve been on a roll this summer–a writing roll. I’ve spent many days in the library (my most productive writing place), working like a demon to finish the first draft of the five-generation family history I’ve been writing for years. Yes, years. It has been grueling–this summer, and the years that preceded it. I’ve ignored […]

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