Gumby’s still out there, probably on the way to Norway. I’ve grown up and forgiven my sister Anji after all these years, but I often wonder – will Gumby ever forgive me?Read More
Ideas to spark creativity in sharing your life stories, tips and inspiration to help you make sense of your photo mess, and general reflections on storytelling.
I like stories—the real ones, told by someone laying out the details almost as if they were in that moment again. I enjoy listening to others reminisce, and think it is one of the most meaningful things I do. It was that interest that got me started ten years ago in the work of helping individuals and organizations record and share their histories.
Dozens of books and videos later, I’ve honed my skills in writing, editing and curating photos, and I’ve gained access to useful tools and experts. That’s why, after a lengthy hiatus from writing a blog, I’ve decided to include one on my splashy new website.
What you’ll find here are ideas to organize your photos lurking in boxes into a downsized, catalogued collection to share. For those writing their life stories or gathering a loved one’s stories, you'll find resources, conversations, and encouragement to get your project organized. I’m taking my own advice, too, so every once in a while those details will appear here.
But mostly, this is meant to be a place for conversation. Maybe you’ll have found me through Facebook or Instagram, and you’re looking for motivation. You know your photos and family stories matter. I look forward to reading about them!
In the post on how to create your life timeline, I suggest you reach out to family and friends to see what they remember of the events you’ve listed. I guarantee, even if you have the best memory, you’ll be surprised and learn something new. Their memories will enrich your storytelling and provide you an opportunity to connect and dig deeper.
For fun and humility I share one of our family stories to illustrate the point of how different perspectives change a story. It’s our version of Christmas mayhem akin to family photo awkward moments.Read More
What was the first live concert you attended? This is a common reminiscence with people of all ages. As a recently minted member of AARP, I chuckle when I hear some, as in, “My first concert was Blues Traveler waaaay back in 2005!” My first concert story is a seemingly harmless Sonny and Cher show in 1972, but what I wouldn’t give for a photo of us at the show, and our tickets under glass.Read More
For many, time travel has the appeal of seeing important moments in history, or even to relive an experience and alter future outcomes or consequences.
The great news is that you can travel back in time without the souped-up car, and relive your own memories without the hazard of disrupting them. By tapping into the power of your own stories, photos, and the conversations that bring it all back to the surface, you can relive the best of it all.Read More
Step one is about getting all of this into focus. You have to know what you want, shed the guilt, and give yourself permission to devote the time and effort. Read on to see HOW to ask the quick-but-necessary questions to make it happen!Read More
With some sleuthing and organizing work, these photos can be sorted out by the names of the people and places they picture. Your treasures can be salvaged, and handed down to the people you love. Take note of the year, and your photos can even be sorted chronologically to piece together a family timeline with the wealth of photos you have lurking in your home. And, by scanning and sorting pictures, they become the vehicle for teasing out memories that would otherwise be lost.Read More
Over cold cuts and beers, Dan met with his good friend and former Army officer Jerry Bowen, passing a word of gratitude for saving Dan’s life years before in Vietnam. They laughed about the twists and turns that have brought them to the present, and thought about those young men beside them who took to the sky to serve their country.Read More
For Immediate Release
As published 11/18/2009
Contact: Sherry Borzo
A truly personal gift that won’t break, go obsolete, or be forgotten
[Des Moines, IA] --The iPhone you gave last year is already outdated. The waffle iron is on the highest shelf, seldom used. The HD TV seems too small now. And your parents don’t want to accumulate any more “things.” Choosing the right gift may seem difficult, but it’s easier than you think, says Paula Stahel, president of the Association of Personal Historians.
“Celebrating a holiday in a down economy gives us a chance to reexamine what matters most and to choose gifts that reflect our deepest values,” says Borzo. “These are the gifts that will be treasured long after the holiday is past.”
The Association of Personal Historians (APH) has put together a list of gift ideas with lasting value for all budgets and circumstances. These gifts are sure to be loved, cherished, and even passed on to future generations. (To read full release and read the suggested gift ideas click Download Holiday Gifts 2009 Press Release 11-9-09.)
At Storied Gifts we produce family histories that are heirlooms for generations. Sherry Borzo researches, designs and delivers professionally published histories that would otherwise be lost forever.
We offer consulting to help people organize and archive photos, media, and other memorabilia.
Contact us to start saving your family history today. Our phone number is 515.707.9455.