By Jamie Yuenger I never expected to become a confessor. When I founded StoryKeep in 2010, I was focused on the craft of storytelling itself—on pacing, narrative arcs, and the like. After all, my dream was to make documentary films and legacy books for families that were studio-quality. But having worked with over 80 families, I’ve come…

By Susan Turnbull Getting to the Heart of What Matters to Your Clients You occupy an extraordinary position for those you advise, at the intersection of practical and profound. Your clients trust you to deliver technical solutions to serve ends that are ultimately very personal, but attached to general concepts like values and legacy. Limited…

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…

By Laura A. Roser If you spend any time with a two-year-old, you will see the physical manifestation of what most of us feel under the surface when spending time with family. Things are going great, we’re having a fun time, life is joyful and exciting, and then something happens and it triggers a tantrum. In…

by Emily Bouchard   In families, women play an important role as storytellers, and as educators of their children and grandchildren about the family’s legacy. Knowing how to discover, share, and preserve your family’s history is an essential component to your overall plan for future generations. As a trusted colleague, Amanda Weitman, from Wells Fargo…

by Rachael Rafkin   One of my all-time favorite gift ideas  comes courtesy of Holly Burns’ blog, Nothing But Bonfires. For her  dad’s 60th birthday, Holly collected friends and family members’ favorite memories of him, presenting them to him as  a bundle of 60 letters. Here’s the email she and her family sent out to…

by Rachael Rifkin Holidays that gather family members together are great opportunities for family storytelling. Everyone is already there. All you have to do is steer the conversation in the right direction. With Mother’s Day coming up this month, here are some suggestions to get the story sharing started.   Some simple and easy memory-making…

Several weeks ago, I had a call with a man who has become inundated with too much information. “I have boxes and boxes of memories,” he said. “My mom saved everything when I was growing up—tests from grade school, yearbooks, certificates, art projects, soccer trophies—I’ve got it all.” He sighed. “My wife says I should…

A few weeks ago, I came home and there was a beautiful vase of roses sitting on my porch with a delightful note from an admirer. I took them inside and put them on the table. Within a few days, they started to show signs of drooping, so, I cut the stems, changed out the…

How My Grandfather’s Memoir Changed My Life   Growing up, I knew my grandfather had written a Korean War memoir, but I wasn’t particularly interested in reading it. I assumed it was boring, filled with war talk and little else. I didn’t think of it for years, until he passed away and we were cleaning…

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