By Laura A. Roser  “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” —Ernest Hemingway, American journalist, novelist, and short-story writer Are you thinking about interviewing your loved ones to capture their stories? The first step is getting them to open up. You would think this would be easy, but it can prove to be…

By Merlin Buhl As soon as I turned the ignition key, the speakers erupted to life with thunderous noise spewing a rap song. As I struggled to find the volume knob, I quickly noticed that the f-word was being used more than if a sailor had smashed his thumb with a hammer. While I am…

By Alexis Dixon Alexis Dixon Presents the Notes to Our Sons and Daughters Project I heard my sister’s voice crying out on October 9, 2012. Though I have never met Malala Yousufzai, this 14-year-old Pakistani girl is part of my family and yours. That October, while traveling to school, this young advocate of universal education was shot…

By Margot Note Immortalize your family’s cherished photos, documents, and memorabilia for generations to come. As the new year starts, we reflect upon the last twelve months—the soirees, the sorrows, and the surprises of our lives. Celebrations during the winter holidays have reconnected us with our families. Together, you may have reminisced about past gatherings, heard…

SheStories Founder Anasa Troutman Supports, Encourages, and Trains Women to Flourish  By Timothy Hutchinson Beginnings As a child, Anasa describes herself as painfully shy. She gravitated to music, books, and movies. Her father loved the Star Trek saga, and they would binge watch the movies during Star Trek marathons. This lit an interest in science…

Bringing Unity Through Contemplating What We Have in Common As Family By Timothy Hutchinson Think of all the people you know, all the people you have ever met, and all the people you have ever seen. Now think of all the people they have ever known, seen, or met. How many generations do you suppose you…

Q&A with Sharon Reed, Innovative Change Agent for Social Good   LR: What led you to the work you do? SR: In late 2012, my ten-year-old daughter and I each faced major setbacks that collectively provided rich fodder for introducing her to the subject of women’s empowerment, global development and what it means to lead…

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 Matthew Roser Korea, the ancient “Hermit” Kingdom, as it was once called, remained enshrouded in mystery for much of its time. Romantic tales told of a land that wore the ocean fog like a pale cloak. A strange people emerged from behind its veil, bearing gifts of ginseng and other tribute for the mighty…

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…

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