Our Favorite Things

Many people have a favorite object that carries some special meaning, elicits a memory of a loved one or evokes an important moment or event. Perhaps they keep it protected on a shelf, hidden in a private drawer, or use it daily. Like a rabbit foot well protected yet worn from frequent rubbings for good

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Final Conversations

My parents never taught me how to cope with death. It was clearly a taboo topic in our household. Someone died and the adults may or may not have told us kids, and our parents never brought us to a funeral. That wasn’t the place for children, I once overheard dad say. I even remember

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The Inside Out of Memories

I never really thought of my emotions as characters inside my head before. Sounds kind of scary, doesn’t it? Yet Pixar’s latest movie “Inside Out” provides a nearly perfect characterization of the role of emotions in our lives, as well as how those emotions color our memories —memories that are tucked away in various corners

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Memoir Writing and Truth

As a longtime journalist bridging into the world of memoir writing, one worry constantly pulls me back: the need for accuracy and truth. That’s the core of balanced news reporting and writing, right? As journalists we take meticulous notes, tape-record interviews whenever we can, check and recheck facts in documents, reports and — now —

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