Do Not Wait! Interview Your Elders

A woman born c. 1900 tells about her life on a farm as a young woman to a journalist who uses the Dennis Tedlock method of transcribing audio taped stories to capture a voice.

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Mom’s Letter to Me At My Daughter’s Age (52)

My mother’s handwriting has always been difficult to read. She never apologized for it. When she sent me to the store with her list, those college summers I was home, long before cell phones, I learned to have her read them to me before I left. I suspect whenever she took a pen or pencil

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Do I Miss The Real Thing?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

We bought our first “fake” Christmas tree in 1986. That we live in the desert had something to do with it; just as harvest pumpkins set out on doorsteps tend to sag by Halloween, cut conifers generally shed their needles within a week. I grew up in Wisconsin and the U.P.,

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Down-sizing in America may be bad news for kids.

Everyone remembers different things.

MOXIE COSMOS SAYS . . . .

McMansions are out, tiny houses are in. So I bet you think I’m going to say that crowding a family of four into a two bathroom, one living-room home is going to damage little psyches. Where will they play with Wii? Will they need larger earphones? And does

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