Mom and her sister, Emma

Mom and her sister, Emma

For me it’s all about the stories. Family stories and stories I make up in my head.  Sometimes, for my fiction, I blend the two, part family story, part imagination. That’s my favorite kind of writing.

My Mom told me most of my family stories when I was little and following her around while she did her work, ironing, or hoeing weeds in the garden, or kneading the bread. Probably her intent was to keep me quiet and out of trouble, but those stories are my foundation. Not just for writing, but for my whole life.

Family stories are called “Oral History” now. You can take college courses to learn all about them. Is that neat, or what?

Oral History Association

What is Oral History?

International Oral History Association


S is for Stories – April A-Z Blogging Challenge.

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6 Responses to Stories

  1. Thank you for these links listed above. I am headed to a friends next week, tape recorder in hand to help her link some stories with some of the lovely black and white family photos she has. I will be sure to take what I am learning from your blog along. Love this photo above.

  2. There’s nothing like family stories. I worry today when all parents seem to do is play on their phones. Do any stories get told? Thank you for the links.

    • Stories get told in my family, cause they can’t get Grandma (me) to shut up! They tell me stories, too, even the ten year old. They like the electronic gadgets, but even more, they like someone who will really pay attention to them.

  3. Tarkabarka says:

    Love them! I am planning on collecting a bunch of them when I go home for the summer. It’s a lot of fun to do, and a great gift for the younger generations, even if they don’t know it yet 🙂

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  4. Great idea! Make it a priority, or you will get distracted and forget.

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