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Joe DiPietro reflects on being a first generation immigrant, teaching and more

Joe DiPietroJoe 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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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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6 organizations that need items you don’t want

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

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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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I Remember…Life In the Tropics

 My Dad, Don Kuhl, was born in Minnesota, but his family left there when Don was fourteen, hoping to find a place where his father could live in less pain from his arthritis. After traveling to California and finding that Don’s father still had a lot of pain—it was 1937—the family drove back across the country and finally settled in Miami, Florida. Don embraced life in South Florida, especially the easy access to the ocean. He spent many hours fishing, skin diving, and just plain enjoying the wonders of life in a tropical climate. Don died recently, at home in his favorite green chair. He was always my best listener; I will miss him.

The following are excerpts from Don’s memoir, “From Minnesota to Florida: Finding a place in the Sun—Kuhl Family Stories.  http://tinyurl.com/cwk3prv Additionally, I’ve included a story Don’s sister Betty told me after Don’s memoir went to press. It gives me a hint of where our family’s sense of humor came from. MTH

Life in the Tropics: Miami, Florida in the late 1930’sFile0015Don, early twenties

Don: When I was in high school, I enjoyed skin diving in Miami with my friends. We couldn’t go out and buy commercial masks or flippers then; we had to make them ourselves. My friends had made masks, and they helped me make one for myself out of red rubber. You cut it to fit around your face, cut a piece of glass to fit your face, then used metal to hold it together. The fellows I was with right after high school had made the masks and they helped me make my spear gun. Continue reading

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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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