Epson FastFoto FF-680W Review

I don't know if I'll ever get to do an Epson FastFoto FF-680W* review, but I sure hope so. As of this writing, it claims to be the world’s fastest personal photo scanner. It can scan thousands of photos as fast as one photo per second at 300 dpi. That's plenty big to go in your memoir. However, if you want something larger, it still does about ...  Read More

Writing About Shame or Regrets

All too often those of us writing memoirs only for our families, try to sugarcoat uncomfortable stories or leave them out altogether. If that's the way you want to do it, that's still better than not writing anything at all. However, you might miss the opportunity to make someone else feel okay about their own story or even provide a guide for a ...  Read More

Overcoming “Photo Overwhelm”

This post is for anyone who is overwhelmed by photos—by the thought of a collection that is so large and disorganized that it's hard to see how you can ever get through it. It doesn't matter whether you have prints, slides, negatives, or digital photos, make sure you know what you want to accomplish. ...  Read More

Capture Stories About a Shared Experience

I recently listened to an episode of the Snap Judgement, a podcast that captures true stories from ordinary people. This episode was about the day the ballistic missile alert was accidentally sent to the residents of Hawaii. It was was a compilation of stories from people who experienced those 38 minutes believing the worst was about to happen. ...  Read More

Shadow Box of Memories

Last week I was visiting my parents and my Mom asked me to carry a few things from the garage to the basement. One of the items was a shadow box loaded with keepsakes that had belonged to my grandmother and my aunt. I had seen this box before and remembered there were other shadow boxes that my mother and other family members had put together ...  Read More

Digitize Your Slides

If you were born after 1980, the phrase "digitize your slides" may seem strange. Maybe you have never even seen or touched a photographic slide. However, for those of us a little older, digital cameras and smartphones were once the stuff of science fiction. Years ago, we actually had to wait sometimes weeks or months to see the images captured on ...  Read More

What To Do with My Old Letters and Greeting Cards

There's a box of "things" that I've been moving around for years and before that, it sat in my parent's basement. A storage room purge led me to open it up. Inside the box was a bag... a bag of old letters and greeting cards. The newest letter in this bag was 36 years old and some of the messages inside had been written 45 years ago. Before you ...  Read More

Grammarly Review

I'll be doing a more thorough Grammarly review in the near future, but after using the free version for a short time, I'm so excited about it that I just have to share. "I can't believe how many little things Grammarly caught that I had missed." There are several reasons you should start using Grammarly today. The most obvious reason is that ...  Read More

Preserving Old Journals

My dad has this little 4" x 6" journal where he has been recording a very small amount of information about each vacation that he has taken since he and Mom were married more than a half century ago. Although there are only the most basic details about each trip, there is enough information that it occasionally has to be pulled out to verify ...  Read More

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