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December 20, 2019

There are two ways to BOOST the story &  impact of a love letter or any other document from your past:

First, gather another letter or other document -- or two or ten -- to join with that love letter or a last will and testament to flesh out what was going on.  Those pa...

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...

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 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...

June 26, 2018

...like we would if we were religious."

One early client reached out to not just trace, but to establish her family's path to the present. Some unique markers on that West Coast path came to light.

An important job of family traditions is to transport the story of your f...

April 5, 2018

If you give a kid a camera, you're going to be surprised!

I was delighted to find this gem on my camera a few summers ago.  My dad's living room, shot from the sleeping loft.

Dad saves the Sunday comics all year -- on the shelf under that coffee table, and that's the hub...

February 20, 2018

We giggled together when she told me about the ring her grandmother had left her. ''It is so ugly! And I so love it."

My pink-haired tattooed client also knew her great grandmother, which is a little unusual.

Indeed, we picked a path through five generations of what turn...

February 6, 2018

Happy V/Galentines Day!

In this Facebook live, I talk about Galentines Day -- a new holiday on the scene.  What it is, how to celebrate it...

I share some pictures of my cousins, of my grad school "girldinner" crew, and talk about the ways that we can honor each other (a...

January 8, 2018

They say we die twice -- once when our bodies give out, and again the last time our name is spoken aloud.

My high school English teacher was the first woman I had ever heard go by the title "Ms."  I was a high school freshman in 1979, in a small mill town in southern Ma...