Sherry Borzo, Personal Publisher, photo organizer and story curator
In 2008, my kids were grown, and I was nearing the end of my 40s. My work life had been a series of positions in jobs that didn't match my interests but paid the bills. I was ready to do meaningful work. My husband asked what that might be, and my initial response was, "I'd like to sit and drink coffee and listen to others tell stories."
I hit on the idea to interview people and produce their stories into books, and launched my first efforts with a few dear friends. Almost immediately, I realized the magnitude of the process that begins with listening. By the finish of those first pieces, my subjects and I discovered we had taken a wonderful voyage that ended with an heirloom and celebration. I was hooked.
Now, years into the work as a personal historian, I’m reminded of the simple yet profound purpose of the journey. With each subject, it begins with interviews and concludes with a distinctive book that honors a family history preserved for the future.