When we started working with Lynda Spinelli, she was excited to write her memoir about surviving cancer, but she had no idea where to start. She told us that she was not a writer, but she still wanted to tell her story to help cancer patients from the holistic community. We met for four storytelling hours plus an hour for photo selection. You can read a few pages of My Protocol: How I Broke the Rules and Survived Cancer on Amazon.
When he was in his early twenties, William "Papa Bill" Ewald caught a bank robber. He told his family his intriguing story as part of his audio memoir. For Christmas the next year, we helped his grandchildren create a children's book telling the story. We crafted the rhyming text for the story, and his grandchildren drew and colored the pictures. After we presented Papa Bill with the book, we recorded him reading the story for his future great-grandchildren. It was a fun project that will touch many generations to come!
We also recorded nearly ten hours of Bill's audio memoir. One story about his childhood is featured below.
Papa Bill reading the Alligator Door
Papa Bill Telling the Story
Bill's childhood story about working in the Mr. Boston distillery
When Richie Mastroianni learned he was about to embark on a difficult medical treatment, he wanted to tell his family a few things—but they weren't ready to face the fact that they might lose him. We worked with Richie to complete his Words of Wisdom mini-memoir that captured many of the thoughts and feelings he wanted to share. In addition, we helped him write eighteen letters to his loved ones and a personal statement to be read at his Celebration of Life service. The letters were set aside to be delivered after he passed away. We were blessed to know Richie for more than two years after our first meeting. The world was so much better because he was in it. Richie's wife, Diane, now takes comfort in listening to her husband's voice as he dictated his love letter.
Donna's adult daughter approached us to write Donna's memoir. Her daughter wanted to know her mom in a deeper way. We worked with Donna long-distance and explored all stages of her life from childhood to meeting her husband, from motherhood to caring for her sick loved ones. Due to a previous medical procedure, Donna didn't believe that she was capable of remembering much of her past. Little did she know that she could remember 250+ pages of her life story!
When when Alfred "Al" Ewald came to us, he was typing his autobiography on an electric typewriter. He didn't have internet or a computer, but he was so grateful for all that he did have throughout his life. And he wanted to share his experiences with his family.
We worked with Al (long distance) to publish his book memoir entitled The "Cute" One: Memoirs of a Grateful, Four-eyed Nerd with Quacky Feet. We also delivered five recordings so his family would not forget his voice. Take a few minutes to listen to each story using the audio recordings below. Notice the intonation, accent, laugh, and emotion that cannot possibly be captured in print. We trust that you'll agree—your voice is an integral part of your Legacy of Love.
When Jackie contacted us, she was writing chapters of her memory book on her own. She knew that she was about to tell the story of a difficult time in her life, and she wanted support as she confronted those memories. We helped Jackie finish the writing of volume one and volume two of her memory book. Then, we helped her sort, select, organize, and scan thousands of photographs. She didn't want to leave so many artifacts as a burden on her family. We've enjoyed meeting with Jackie a couple of times per month for the past couple of years, and we love hearing her stories!
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