Posts in memoir & writing
60 Minutes: More than Just an Interview

The One-Hour Heirloom is a great way for you to sample our services before you are ready to commit to a full-length personal history book. We create your beautiful—miniature—heirloom after one 60-minute interview. Here, ideas for telling your own stories, and ideas for honoring a loved one.

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What You Can Learn from Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper

You might be surprised to learn what Anderson Cooper calls “the most valuable year of my life.” It's the period when he and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt maintained an email correspondence that delved deep—into the feelings they had previously not spoken about, and into their experiences both shared and wholly individual. The back-and-forth format of questions and stories is engaging, and most meaningful in its sense of discovery, of a grown man coming to know his mother in wonderful new ways. Why not be inspired to follow in their conversational footsteps? 

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Billee’s “Famous” Foods

Gramma Billee kept a jar for bacon drippings on her stove; she used it liberally and kept it full. But one of the most important ingredients she cooked with was intention: She knew everyone’s favorite foods and provided them. Often. Decades later, her granddaughter shares remembrance and recipes so that Billee’s descendants may nourish their own families with her “famous” foods.

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Mom’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

Red sauce may have run in her grandmother's blood, but every member of the family would come to know the recipe by heart (even if the size of a "pinch" of this and a "dash" of that differed depending on who was making it)... In Kaitlin Ahern's contribution to A Taste of the Past, she gives us a fragrant peek into her family kitchen, and a mother's heart.

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Pop’s Pie

Maybe it’s a grandfather’s love that is the missing ingredient to the best key lime pie... In this first contribution to our series A Taste of the Past, a young mother delves into memories of the sugary treats her beloved grandfather used to make just for her—and why she is preserving the recipe for her own baby girl. May her tale (and sweet treat) serve as inspiration for your own food-related memories!

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A Taste of the Past

Smells and tastes conjure memories in a most primal way, and can transport us right back to our childhood kitchens. As such, they are excellent jumping-off points for writing or talking about your memories and crafting them into a story for generations to come. Here, our recipe for success.

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Choose Your Own Adventure—Then Tell It.

When you read memoirs—or even binge-watch reality TV—the stories you are witness to often seem larger than life. How can my little life compare?, you might think. I have nothing remarkable to say. Oh, but you do. Every choice you make, each person you encounter, adds to the texture and direction of your life. You are creating your own narrative. You’ve got reasons why you AREN’T telling your story. I’ve got reasons why you SHOULD.

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