I was honour-bound really to dig deep and bring memories, perhaps, that had been suppressed for a long time, that I would have preferred, perhaps, to remain in the sediment of my life.
But having done that and having got through this process, I now feel so much better. And I'm advising everyone I meet, all of my friends and everybody - people in the street, 'Write your own book.' Whether you publish it or not, it feels really good." ~ from Katie Couric's interview with the musician Sting, about his book Broken Music Ultimately, memoir writing is about giving a piece of oneself to history.
But as we went along I realized that it was actually a funny kind of therapy.
Not unpleasant, but still hard work." ~ Martin Amis, on BBC's website about writing one's memoirs"Every American may be working on a screenplay, but we are also continually updating a treatment of our own life - and the way in which we visualize each scene not only shapes how we think about ourselves, but how we behave, new studies find.
By better understanding how life stories are built, this work suggests, people may be able to alter their own narrative,in small ways and perhaps large ones..." ~ Benedict Carey, Science section, The New York Times"This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved.
In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage." ~ Ellen Goodman, (Boston Globe via Deseret News, 4-12-02)"Memory revises itself endlessly.
Its not only keeping the content, its keeping the feeling alive.
The best part is, youre not the only one remembering it." from neuroscientist Daniela Schiller's talk on "Keeping Memories Safe" (about Holocaust memories) on a Studio 360 radio program (NPR) featuring stories of neuroscience and memory If some copy here resembles Association of Personal Historians site copy, it's because I wrote copy for both, drawing on links here and on my two other websites: Writers and Editors and a site for the book Dying: A Book of Comfort. On the Aging Boomers Radio Show (Sonoma County), listen to personal historians Susan Milstein and Andi Reese Brady tell how they developed a business interviewing people about their lives and presenting them as audio CDs or beautiful bound books My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History ed.