By Laura A. Roser A couple days ago, I spoke about legacy at an event for the Seattle Foundation. One of the attendees anxiously came up to me afterward and said, “I have to tell you about a tradition we have in our family. It’s called Cousins Camp.” He paused for dramatic effect. “Have you…

By Laura A. Roser Join Me in Mapping Out Your Life Several years ago, Philip de Souza, Founder and President of cyber security company Aurora, began compiling his thoughts about the meaning of life into short monthly emails he sent to his high-school-aged son. Word caught on and soon a bunch of his son’s friends requested…

By Laura A. Roser Join Me in Mapping Out Your Life Last year my fiancé and I began planning our legacy together. A part of the process is thinking about important memories. But my fiancé, like many people, had never spent much time thinking about turning points in his life. It took a process of discovery…

By Christopher Zacher Most people won’t admit that they find home movies terribly boring. In reality, though, who actually wants to watch a 4-hour recording of a youth soccer game even if it is your own child on the screen? For many people, videos are a way to preserve memories and forge connections between different…

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…

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…

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…

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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