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September 3, 2019

On a recent trip to my homeland -- the state of Maine -- I ventured way north and paid my first visit to my family cemetery.

My dad's cousin (my first cousin once removed [FCOR] and yes, I had to google that) led us... behind what looked like a machine shop, down t...

July 30, 2019

Dear Marge,

It was probably my long white ponytail that compelled you to pull up beside me while I was walking my dog on your street.

Or maybe it was because you saw me taking pictures of the Queen Anne's lace across the street from your home. 

You retired from a big...

July 3, 2019

Want to know what it's like when we do a VIP Program together? Read on!

Before we work together -- in person in your home -- we'll talk through your story and set some priorities to make sure we preserve what is most important to you.

I'll send you four archival boxes an...

May 22, 2019

This family photo was found in a thrift store in upstate New York and passed along by a friend.  I do despair when I see photos at resale shops -- or worse, entire photo albums!

Someone saved these images for years and years. When the stories became obscure, the ph...

May 1, 2019

I can remember using a singsong voice, eyebrows raised, and smiling: "you're in my spooooooOOoot."

Not like the physicist character in that sitcom, though.  Soft, silly, loving, singing, usually laughing.  But I don't remember why. Or with whom.

It could have been a...

April 3, 2019

So many folks are "tidying up" with that nice woman on Netflix. Maybe you are, too, or you read her book...

Being a cultural historian means I can see that there is a lot of information to wring out of items from aged treasures to childhood ephemera.  Vintage color sche...

January 20, 2019

Are you getting organized this year? 

All the coats, clothes, and toys? 

Bills, tax receipts, your sewing box? 

Kitchen cabinets and drawers? 

Getting the family papers and photographs together?  Finally building an actual family archive? You know, those papers and photos...

December 15, 2018

This time of year is all about stories -- of lights in the darkness, of cultural belonging, of spiritual beginnings. Those big stories are supported by all sorts of smaller stories.

For example, each year my mom calls from afar and reads The Night Before Christmas to us...

December 3, 2018

It's daunting, and it's on almost everybody's to do list.  Imagine if you could get a handle on this project, now of all times?  Don't be afraid!  I know it's the busy winter holidays, but these are steps you can do on your lunch break or your daily commute!

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November 17, 2018

What? Thursday already?

I may possibly say this every. single. week.  It's definitely a frequent refrain.  Do you ever feel that way? 

Between: work, house work, digital life, friends and family, mate, kids, bills, library books...

I hate to be idle, though. I...

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