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Easy Ways to Begin Your Personal History

by Memoir Mentor on January 25, 2011

The thought of sitting down at my computer and writing my entire life story from birth-to-now makes me want to take a nap. It’s not that I don’t think writing a personal history is important: You know I do. It’s my current raison d’être, after all. Nevertheless, I would NEVER counsel anyone to approach personal […]


I’m Just Sayin’: Words about Words

by Memoir Mentor on January 9, 2011

My daughter-in-law emailed me this week to say her family had a blast at our house on Christmas. She’s thoughtful that way, but her statement gave me pause. When did people start having a blast again? I thought that term went out of fashion about the time I got married and my blast days tanked. […]

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Remembering Gene Hensley, a Writer Who Inspired Us All

by Memoir Mentor on December 16, 2010

She walked into my class about eight years ago, Gene and her daughter, Mia. Gene was in her mid-eighties then, and she wanted to enroll in one of my memoir writing classes. “I think she belongs in your advanced class,” Mia said. “She’s pretty good.” Little did I know just how good. When she read […]