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The Kaleidoscope of Memories in “This Is Us”

The Kaleidoscope of Memories in “This Is Us” Photo credit: Malcolm Lightbody via Unsplash.com cc0 1.0 public domain Different Childhoods Kate remembered the silly, shiny sequin fight, and Randall remembered the smashed broken plate all over the kitchen. If you watch the hit TV show This is Us, you know what I’m talking about. Though … Read more…

Letters

You’ve Got Mail–Real Mail in Your Mailbox (or Maybe in Your Wall)

You’ve Got Mail–Real Mail in Your Mailbox (or Maybe in Your Wall) Today, I read an article about a family who found a set of letters in their wall. The letters were written by a mom and her adult sons during the late 1800s. When was the last time that you wrote a letter? Why … Read more…

My January To-Do List

Hannah Busing via Unsplash.com is licensed under CC 0 1.0 public domain My January To-Do List Sunday Supper Did you know that January is Sunday Supper month? I didn’t realize that until this week. With kids and adults going in different directions, it’s easy to get out of the habit of having meals together. We instinctively know, … Read more…

Time For a Story-The Great Outdoors

June is The Great Outdoors month! Take a couple of minutes to watch the video below and hear about how my family and I enjoyed the great outdoors a long, long time ago. (c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories, Michelle Beckman. Photo used with permission. https://sundaydinnerstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Time-for-a-Story-June-Great-Outdoors.mp4 Not sure which stories to share with your family? Check … Read more…

How to enjoy a snow storm New England style. A photo of two girls on top of a 15-foot snow bank.

One Way to Enjoy a Snow Storm

How to Enjoy a Snow Storm New England Style It’s April, and the snow is still falling in New England! This year the storms were relentless. Our neighborhood has remnants of branches and toppled trees strewn throughout yards and along the street. It’s a bit of an eerie feeling, to be honest. But those who live … Read more…

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What’s a Memoir?

Photo credit: Frank McKenna on Unsplash What’s a Memoir? Curious, compassionate people ask me every week, “What’s a memoir?” For twenty-five years, I worked as a data architect for multiple large corporations. And my family always asked, “What do you do again?” When I left Information Technology (IT) to pursue my dream to help parents … Read more…

This is a meme with a photo of a painting and the title of a blog post.

Talking Myself into a Masterpiece

Talking to Myself (NOTE: Being in my head as I create a masterpiece—or any time for that matter—is not for the faint of heart. Read with caution! 🙂 ) Michelle, you bought that big, empty canvas twelve years ago right after you changed the floor plan. You dreamed of painting with a deep yet vibrant … Read more…

Time For a Story-November Edition

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories, Michelle Beckman. Photo used with permission. When I start working with clients, they are often unsure of which stories to tell. I don’t care for long, dense books packed with story prompts. The suggestions can be overwhelming and can cause more burnout than success. However, I think a handful of … Read more…

And It Blew The House Down

The hum of our neighbor’s generator filled the pitch-black silence between my pleas, “Dear God, don’t let the old pines fall on our house tonight.” Jet engines overhead reminded me of the angst we felt just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Logan airport must have changed the flight path again. Wow, I feel sorry for … Read more…

Time For a Story-October Edition

(c) 2017 Sunday Dinner Stories, Michelle Beckman. Photo used with permission. When I start working with clients, they are often unsure of which stories to tell. I don’t care for long, dense books packed with story prompts. The suggestions can be overwhelming and can cause more burnout than success. However, I think a handful of … Read more…