by Paula Stallings Yost and Pat Mc Nees, with a foreword by Rick Bragg, a great gift for that person whose life stories should be recorded or told but who keeps saying, "Who cares what happened in my life?

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Then seeing important events in my life and racing in print, I understood why it's so easy for me to bond with the fansmost people's lives are about dealing with disappointment, broken promises, and failed dreams, as well as great joy and satisfaction.

I've lived the Great American Dream on the tracks, but I've lived the Great American Nightmare in the garages, too.

Paula Stallings Yost and Pat Mc Nees, with a foreword by Rick Bragg ($19.95). Spanning more than a century, these intriguing reflections of personal as well as global social and political history are told in the unique voice and viewpoint of each storyteller." ~ Susan Wittig Albert, author, Writing from Life, founder, Story Circle Network This anthology sings with Walt Whitmans spirit of democracy, a celebration of our diversity. "I think when we dont speak things out loud, when they stay inside of us, they take on a different meaning. I think when we speak and hear our own words out loud and remember things behind the words and the feelings, it takes on a different meaning.

Each selection is a song of self; some have perfect pitch, some the waver of authenticity. a family knows itself to be a family through its shared stories." ~ Daniel Taylor, in The Healing Power of Stories"A friend took me to Story Corps as a gift, as a surprise. So I thought I was going into I had no idea what I was going in to do. So I became not only a speaker, but also the listener, of my own words.

All demonstrate the power of the word to salvage from the onrush of life, nuggets worth saving. bonds people together far more than shared chromosomes . And it had a profound effect upon me." ~Mary Caplain, about her experience doing a 40-minute interview with Story Corps (link below)I can't stress enough how different it is to write about the real and the unreal.

~ Tristine Rainer, author of Your Life as Story and Writing the New Autobiography"Do I -- do we -- remember only those scenes that fit neatly into the central narrative in which we're most invested, the one that dovetails most cleanly and neatly with the sense of self that we've chosen or that's been imposed on us by the people around us? When I started writing my memoir my whole metabolism changed.

People do it all the time: they destroy papers; they leave instructions in their wills for letters to be burned." "Bell wrote in 2001, to announce that he had finished the first part of his archive, he said that the obsolescence of software and technology was a threat to a computer archive. I wrote an article called Dear Appy for applications.

A lot of things you may not be able to read a decade later, he said. Basically, it was saying, Dear Appy, How committed are you? Data can be lost in a disk, in a system, it can be lost in a standard somewhere. If you look at all the problems that we can think about in the decade, ten, fifty, a hundred years, thats by far No. The one that bugs me more than anything else is that. " in The New Yorker"When Ken Schrader told me Herman's story would not be the one people would expect, I was intrigued. And by the time we finished he had made me realize that he is one of the most fascinating people to ever strap on a helmet.

We remember a vivid person, a remark, a sight that was unexpected, an occasion on which we felt something profoundly. We become more exalted in our memories than we actually were, or less so.

The interior stories we tell about ourselves rarely agree with the truth.

He added: It was a lot of remembering, and sometimes it took a while to remember what happened and how, but it got done. Stanley says he feels certain now, is that he never changed.