by Rachael Rifkin   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…

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…

I remember telling my friend, who is a well-known author, that I was a little nervous to publish my memoir. “It’s so personal,” I said. “Do I really want to put myself there like that?” She said, “It’s all worth it. Somewhere, some woman is going through hell and you have a chance to help…

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