Joe DiPietro has been a fixture in the Bellingham, MA educational program for as long as many of us can remember. He was the superintendent of Bellingham Schools his last five years in the school system, and before that he taught high school, was a guidance director and spent twenty-five years as elementary school principal of South School Elementary, Pinecrest, Keough, the old South School and Assumption School when it was under the purview of the Bellingham School Department. [As told to Marjorie Turner Hollman] Continue reading
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As a personal historian, I frequently have conversations with people about sharing their life stories. They often give several reasons for not passing on those stories. Whether those are good reasons or just excuses, though, is worth considering.
“I’m too busy.”
Many people are juggling jobs, elder care, childcare and community and/or coaching responsibilities that would overwhelm the most organized. If that’s you, you already have your plate more than full. On the other hand, “a full plate” can be an excuse to avoid all sorts of important things in life until it’s too late. Listen to Harry Chapin’s song Cat’s in the Cradle and see if you’re still sure you’re too busy to offer your family precious stories they will cherish long after you’re gone.
1. “I don’t want to.”
Fair enough. Everyone’s allowed privacy if they wish. Of course, there’s often someone else who will tell their side of your story, which may be quite different from your own perception and memory. Continue reading
Most of us are overwhelmed with more stuff than we can find places for in our homes. I hate to throw things out that I believe might be useful to someone. Many objects in my home have stories that remind me of events, beloved friends or family, and letting go of those objects feels like letting go of the events or the family members. By writing down the stories of these mementos, you may find you can more easily let go of the object itself
But how to connect what I have with the person or organization that can make better use of it? If this is where you are, start here, check out the websites, and if it seems to be a good match, sign up for a pick up or call to talk with someone. This is not a comprehensive list, merely a place to start. Happy cleaning!
1. Freecycle: http://www.freecycle.org/
By giving freely with no strings attached, members of The Freecycle Network help instill a sense of generosity of spirit as they strengthen local community ties and promote environmental sustainability and reuse. People from all walks of life have joined together to turn trash into treasure. Continue reading
Published article (by Marjorie Turner Hollman) in Perspectives, the Quarterly Journal of the Association of Personal Historians. Front page article details ways families can include multiple generations as they write and celebrate personal and family histories.
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