Empower Your Life Story and Legacy By Flora Morris Brown For years I frequently shared with my friends my plans to travel the world, visiting every continent (except Antarctica) at least once. I browsed through travel magazines, read travel books, and watched travel shows. I even considered signing up for retreats held in exotic locations as…

On Reading, Writing, and Mythological Tales By Donna Jo Napoli We tell and retell events in the lives of Athena and Zeus, Freyja and Thor, Aset and Ra, and so many other Greek, Norse, and Egyptian gods, and we call these tellings a story. One of the interesting things about mythology, though, is that it is…

by Leslie Clark It was she who taught me that words have the power of flight. Any time she was sitting still, she held an open paperback, its pages outstretched like the wings of a gliding gull. She’d tell me of the places those books had taken her. The upstairs shelves overflowed with her literary…

Bringing Mentoring Back to Legacy Planning By Peter Johnson Even now, I feel vulnerable and embarrassed sharing the following story. It’s a painful legacy to recall. In the early ‘70s, I was a young man living in Los Angeles with a vague dream of making a living in the music business. I was a junior…

The Remarkable Story of Fred Rivera and Herman Johnson By Thornton Sully, Editor-in-Chief, A Word with You Press  Fred Rivera had an urgent need to write his story. That urgency was the motivation to strap himself in an office chair and fire a fusillade of words upon the blank field before him until the task…

Bestselling Author Marion Roach Smith Says, “Write What You Know!” By Meg Oldman We capture meaningful moments with our phones, shared celebrations, and committing events to memory. Few of us actually sit down and write about what we know about these moments. Marion Roach Smith has made it her business, literally and figuratively, to lead…

By Laura A. Roser Why Martin Luther King Jr. Didn’t Need Gimmicks A friend of mine called me all excited about a new video he posted on YouTube. It featured scenes of humans helping animals. “I’ve tried all kinds of videos,” he said, “but this one got the most views. It’s up over thirty-thousand! When…

By Laura A. Roser How to Preserve the Little Moments that Add up to the Novel of Your Life Growing up, I had a friend who became obsessed with scrapbooking. In high school, I remember going to her house, and she proudly showed me rows of family albums. What memories! She’d pull one from the…

Laura Roser’s Q&A with Carew Papritz About His Multi Award-winning Book, The Legacy Letters LR: What gave you the idea for The Legacy Letters? CP: I was inspired to write The Legacy Letters after an early mid-life crisis (best to have them early!). I needed the opportunity to take my soul out for a long walk. While working…

Documenting Your Past for a Better Future By Laura A. Roser   “We’ve been doing some organizing,” my mother announced. She pointed to cardboard boxes resting on their basement floor. “That’s your stuff. Figure out what you want to keep.” I sighed. This is not how I wanted to spend my family visit. I begrudgingly opened…

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