About Michelle

Getting to Know Each Other

HeadshotWhat do you think of when you hear the term Sunday dinner?

I think of my own childhood—our family time around the fireplace, Monopoly on the coffee table, the New England Patriots on the television, and a roast in the oven. It was a time when we lived our traditions, enjoyed Mom's comfort food, and shared family stories. Regardless of what happened with cliques at school, teams on the field, or the neighborhood kids that week, I knew I belonged to a special group, my family, no matter what.

How to be a better mom?

In today's technology-dependent and activity-overwhelmed culture, that peaceful, connected version of Sunday dinner competes with handheld electronic devices, instant messaging phones, cyber-friendships, homework and a host of extracurricular activities.

As a mom, I wondered how my husband and I could give our children the comfort, security, and sense of belonging that a strong family offers when everyone was so distracted. I knew that family time, especially dinners together, was important. But it seemed like we needed more than just fellowship over food.

Connecting in unique and lasting ways

We are fortunate that both of our children enjoy reading books, but they also learn from online sources that were not even available when I was a teen. I wanted to connect with our children in a unique and lasting way, and I wanted our children to connect with their grandparents and great-grandparents.

On the other end of the spectrum, I realized that my grandaunts were aging; my grandparents had long passed. As each elder tragically slipped into dementia or another form of memory loss, we lost our connection to them and our family's history.

The birth of Sunday Dinner Stories

Once I became a mom, I realized how critical family history is to my children's well-being. That's why I founded Sunday Dinner Stories, a personal history firm whose mission is:

To help parents and grandparents write or record their life stories so all generations of their families know they belong, have been heard, and will be remembered.

I transform short stories, beliefs, values, and life lessons into audio playlists and/or books that capture the attention of technology-dependent, information-overloaded family audiences.

Why should you work with me?

My approach and authentic curiosity foster a warm, inviting, secure environment in which your parent or grandparent feels comfortable to explore, share, and record his/her legacy without reservation.

Preserving and sharing your family's legacy is as simple as telling a story over a typical Sunday dinner.

Your treasured memoir heirloom has the power to help each generation of your family feel connected, resilient, optimistic, self-confident, and deep-down happy.

Be the one who asked your loved ones to share their stories before it's too late.

You Can Find Me

You can find me via my website, by phone 978.455.2166, or in person recording storytellers in their homes, worshiping in local church pews, teaching at schools, cheering on soccer fields, or listening at retirement villages throughout the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts.

"Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.'" Jeremiah 6:16