My dad and I
Do you know when you’re going to die? Well, I don’t know the answer to that, for you, for others, for myself. But since I’m a storyteller from way back, here’s a story:
You know, my dad was lucky. Three months before he died, Dad sat in his living room watching four of his teen grandchildren gathered on the floor around him, reading chapters of his soon-to-be-published memoir. He and I had spent a number of weekends together over the previous several years, working together to help document his life lessons and experiences. I clarified details of stories that didn’t quite hold together, drawing out more information. The more he shared, the more he remembered other events. Continue reading
My grandfather Glen, in the Wisconsin woods, early 1900s
Genealogy enthusiasts are fond of using the term “brick wall” to describe the frustration of seeking for information about ancestors and being thwarted, despite their best efforts. Here’s a post I wrote about those feelings, and a few things that have happened to me that have encouraged me to keep looking, keep asking questions, keep learning about family connections.
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com
One of my dad’s first letters to the woman who would be his wife for the coming 50 years
I’ve been a personal historian for a number of years, and have seen how powerful the experience of documenting and preserving one’s family stories can be. We personal historians often talk about the gift of passing on family stories to the next generation, assuring that you’re not forgotten and more. But I never realized that doing the work of preserving your family legacy—the photos that tell stories, documents, letters, and the stories themselves—can actually be a powerful time machine. Continue reading
(Courtesy of The Bellingham Bulletin) The sign on the street announcing “Raspberries” got my husband’s attention. He turned our car into the driveway. The sign on the garage instructed, “Knock at the door.” I wasn’t so sure, but my husband really loves raspberries and he figured that, if the sign was there, these folks must have meant for people to stop by. He was right. Continue reading
(article courtesy of The Bellingham Bulletin)
In an era when doing anything for more than ten years is seen as remarkable, people giving back to the community year after year for thirty years is, well, quite remarkable.
Bellingham Children’s Theater (BCT) is celebrating its thirtieth-anniversary season Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, as they present Mything Links, a musical based on The Odyssey. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m. at Bellingham High School; tickets are $8, available at the door or from any cast member.
Read this article in The Bellingham Bulletin.