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REAL LIFE Legacies

Patricia Pihl, Personal Historian

Preserving Legacies of Real Lives

Online Memoirs: Multi-Media Storytelling With Flexibility

An online memoir is a personal website for sharing the stories of your life. When you think of memoirs, you may think of books written by celebrities. However, anyone can collect stories about their life and compile them into a memoir.   The ways to showcase your story are endless. In addition to the written word,…

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Life Honoring Work

(Excerpts from The Jamestown Post Journal article dated May 25, 2016) Kim Rambacher has done his best to look forward the last 15 months, but he has plenty of amazing, inspirational, even miraculous, older memories to share too. Rambacher’s book, “Miracle Marcia,” (Xulon Press), is an inspiration to anyone struggling with cancer, to caregivers, and…

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Saving Our Greatest Generation…One Story at a Time

According to the U.S. Veterans Administration, 430 World War II veterans pass away each day. Of course, so many of our country’s “greatest generation” are already gone, leaving the history of their service (and legacy) to be preserved and organized by family members. As a personal historian, I’ve received more than a few inquiries from…

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Story Cards and the Benefits of Life Reminiscence

A story card provides a snapshot of a life including personal photos, a description of early years and what best defines a loved one’s life. This serves to recognize a special person, milestone (such as a birthday) or memorialize a wonderful life. Below is a card I created to honor my mother for her 90th birthday. I…

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