31Jan, 2020

The Three Toughest Challenges in Writing Compelling Stories from Family History and Other Insights

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My ever handsome friend Larry Palmer (on the left) with his niece and younger brother. I'm very proud that his excellent family memoir Scholarship Boy is coming out in May because I saw its beginnings when I served as a teaching assistant at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in 2013. Barbara Krasner from The Whole Megillah recently interviewed [...]

24Jan, 2020

10 Unusual Prompts to Help You Start Writing Your Family History

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If you want to write your family history and are floundering with where to start, look no further! Sign up here to receive my booklet 10 Unusual Prompts to Start Writing Your Family History! I promise you will get something down on paper if you follow at least one of these prompts. Chances are, you'll end up with a lot [...]

17Jan, 2020

Ode to My Hiking Boots: Saying Farewell to My Feet’s Best Friends

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This summer, I finally had to give you up. I embarked on my trip to Peru with a new version of you, Just as comfortable and snug, but water tight. It felt odd not to have you along, My hiking boots who have been with me on every trip since 2004, When I bought you for a shooting class in [...]

31Dec, 2019

Sharing a Tried-and-True Writer’s Tool to Review the Old Year and Plan for the New One: the Writer’s Workbook

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The new edition of my Writer's Workbook is here! All you gotta do to receive it is subscribe to my newsletter. If you are a subscriber, you will have received it already. This is my 7th year of sharing my end-of-the-year review process with the Writer’s Workbook. I hope it helps you review this past year, take a close look [...]

27Dec, 2019

How Should You Handle Blemishes on Your Family’s History? Write About Them or Not?

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Family stories aren't always happy go lucky.* Welcome to installment one of my new advice column where I answer any question readers ask about writing compelling stories from family history. Jim asks: As a general rule, are you okay with leaving out the blemishes in family stories? (I'm not talking about something horrific that is required to be included in [...]

20Dec, 2019

Sharing a German Grandmother’s Recipe that Became a Jewish Family’s Favorite Treat on Chanukah

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Snippet of my grandmother's original handwritten recipe For Chanukah it was become a tradition in my house to make one of my German grandmother's recipes, Gebackene Mäuse. The recipe itself has nothing to do with the holiday. However, it involves frying delicious yeast dough in oil, and what could be more appropriate for Chanukah than that? As with [...]

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