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Storyteller’s Techniques Help Students Create and Save Stories

Blog Post published by Association of Personal Historians, (APH) by Marjorie Turner Hollman

As personal historians, we’re usually focused on saving stories, not just telling stories. But my experience as a professional storyteller is inextricably intertwined with the work I do now as a writer, so I called on many tricks I learned when I was performing to teach a summer writing class for children at my local library. Read more…

http://www.personalhistorians.org/blog/storytellers-techniques-help-students-create-and-save-stories/

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

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

http://tinyurl.com/MTH-More-easy-walks

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Six Excuses for NOT Sharing Your Life Experience—Good or Bad? You Be the Judge

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH46SmVv8SU

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

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Presentation: Paring Down to Essentials–What to Keep, What to Throw Away, How to Store Safely What You Have

To host this free presentation, contact:  Marjorie@MarjorieTurner.com

Are you wondering how you’ll ever fit all your belongings into a smaller living space? What can you afford to throw away? What should you keep? What are the ideal, and the practical ways to store what you have? Get tips about how best to store essential documents and photos, how to make best use of the furniture you have, and how to preserve the stories behind your photos, family letters, diaries, and more.

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

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

http://tinyurl.com/MTH-More-easy-walks

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There’s no Place like Home

Barbara Eldredge Eltzroth has lived in Bellingham her entire life. She and her brothers grew up directly across from the First Baptist church in the center of town at the corner of 126 and 140. In those days almost anything they might need was within walking distance of their house.

 I don’t think I did much exciting growing up, sitting on our front porch and watching the army trucks go by on Saturday mornings. Continue reading

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Harpin Recalls Adventurous, Mischievous Times

Courtesy Bellingham Bulletin by Marjorie Turner Hollman

Roland Harpin cropped head shotRoland Harpin was born and raised in Bellingham, and other than his military service and ten years in California, he has lived in this area his whole life.He now lives in Blackstone and has been a home builder, architectural designer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Semi-retired, he is working on his latest business venture, ProSaver Cards, which offer discounts on services from hundreds of area merchants.He sat down in his office in Hopedale recently to talk about growing up in Bellingham. [As told to Marjorie Turner Hollman]

Poirier Street in South Bellingham, where I lived from 1951, was a dead-end street. The cul de sac was added later, along with more houses. Just through the woods at the end of the street is a brook, part of the Peter’s River. We had plenty of fun there, playing with frogs and snakes. Continue reading

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The Reluctant Writer at Work: Writing tricks and tools, and new ideas to help your workplace writing say what you mean

Our staff participated in two Literacy Workshops facilitated by Marjorie Turner Hollman. We gained a better understanding of how to write simple, clear and accurate daily notes, lesson plans, and unique stories that the children create as they go about their day. Marjorie’s supportive and gentle approach helped our staff feel competent in their own literacy learning.  Thank you, Marjorie!

 Mary Varr, Director, Garelick Early Learning Center, Hockomock YMCA, Franklin, MA

Do you avoid writing tasks in your job, or find excuses to get others to write what you should take care of yourself? This short course is designed to provide the student with positive writing experiences. The sessions will consist of active writing experiences. Students will produce short pieces, share their writing with fellow classmates, and receive helpful feedback. They will gain a better understanding of what constitutes good writing, and learn simple steps they can take to improve daily writing tasks. This course is designed for people whose work (or schooling) requires them to write.

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

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

http://tinyurl.com/MTH-More-easy-walks

 

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Storyreading, Storytelling and Story Writing

Workshop: Story reading, Storytelling, and Story writing:

Enriching Classroom Literacy through Story

 Reading vs. telling stories, Storytelling, Story Writing

Veteran Storyteller Marjorie Turner Hollman shares some simple ways to increase classroom literacy experiences through Story. This hands-on participatory workshop will make it clear that everyone—even the littlest ones—has stories to tell. We’ll learn ways to help grownups and children experience the joy of sharing stories. This workshop focuses on story reading, storytelling, and story writing, and the opportunities, and simple tools that can enhance literacy experiences in the classroom. Class time duration is negotiable.

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

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Walks-Massachusetts-2nd-Northbridge/dp/0989204340

http://tinyurl.com/MTH-More-easy-walks

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The Reluctant Writer

The Reluctant Writer: Writing tricks and tools, and perhaps some new ideas to make daily writing in the classroom more fun and productive

 Many adults believe they are not good writers. But writing is a skill, like cooking, driving, swimming, or language that can improve with practice. This workshop explores a few simple things participants can do every day to become more effective writers. At the completion of our time together participants should have increased confidence in their writing and have some tools that can help them become better writers.

This writing workshop addresses writing to document children’s growth and development in the classroom. Class duration is negotiable.

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