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Legacy Planning Is a Journey, Too

Legacy Planning Is a Journey, Too

It’s certainly well known and by now is probably bordering on the cliché: “Life is a journey, not a destination. “ But over usage hasn’t changed the basic meaning of the phrase. While there are a number of nuanced interpretations, basically life’s journey is simply how life – and the person living the life — progresses from one situation to another, filled with circumstances, positive and negative, effortless and challenging, successful and unfortunate.
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How Technology Can Shape Storytelling

How Technology Can Shape Storytelling

Joe Sabia, head of development at Condé Nast Entertainment, gave a TED talk in 2011 about technology and storytelling. The takeaway is simple: stories haven’t changed all that much over the history of storytelling. How we tell them, on the other hand, changes constantly. Before the Internet, we kept our life stories in journals and letters, and we told stories to remember our loved ones. We assembled photo albums that were passed on from one generation to the next.
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Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story

There are many different ways to tell a story – around a campfire, at night before bed, at family gatherings, maybe even keeping a diary or journal. But the truth is that we are always telling stories. We’re hard-wired to do so. Scientists investigating “why we think” have discovered that the human brain has evolved into a narrative-creating machine. No matter what we encounter, we automatically impose a story-like chronology and cause-and-effect logic on it. Facts alone are meaningless; it’s the stories we create around the facts that become important.
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Living the Legacy

Living the Legacy

Family traditions are a wonderful way in which to tell the story of a family. They are also a great way to provide a sense of identity for all the members of a family, young or old, near or far. The purpose of a tradition is to create something that is special, something extra that lifts a family activity or event above the ordinary. But it doesn’t have to be big. A family tradition can be as simple as the ritual of a bedtime story or family dinnertime. It’s the communication and the sharing, the thought and intentionality that are important. And those are the qualities that will be remembered.
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Passing on Your Family’s Legacy Through Food

Passing on Your Family’s Legacy Through Food

There’s something incredibly intimate and personal about food. For many of us, our chicken noodle soup will never taste quite as good as our mother’s. Grandmother’s sugar cookies will never come out quite right, even when she hands us the recipe and walks us through it, step by step. You might try to pass it off as your lack of cooking skills, but more likely it’s just that your memories associated with those foods are just incredibly powerful. You’re holding yourself up to nigh-impossible standards.
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