Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Share Life Stories and Memories Without Writing?

Much as I hate to admit it, I realize that there are people out there who are not willing or able to write their life stories. In many cases, they're just afraid to try, but some have physical disabilities that make writing difficult or impossible. It's only fair to note that there is an alternative: just talk and record the stories of your life.

One company devoted to helping you do this has been around for a while, and I've had no experience with it or its products. However, you might want to check out American Storykeepers.

This is outdated technology (aren't cassette players rare these days?) but the idea of speaking your memories rather than writing them, and the possibility of helping friends or relatives do this, appeals to me. Any simple recording device will do.

I hope that the art of life writing never dies; everyone should leave his or her story. However, if you love to talk but hate to write, or can't, consider recording your experiences, your memories, and those stories you like to tell. Consider helping others do the same.

An update, 8/11/08: Apparently bowing to changes in technology, the American Storykeepers site has been discontinued. The basic idea, translated to video, is still a good one.

Copyright 2008 by Marlys Marshall Styne


Linda Austin said...

I think it much easier and more fun to have someone videotape a session of the person talking about their life, preferably in the company of other family members. Then the tape can be made into a DVD. We all need to keep up with newer technology anyway, and cassette tapes are NOT where it's at!

seniorwriter said...

I agree, as long as there's someone to do this. I'll have to learn about taking videos some time. Yes, cassette tapes are outdated, but they had the advantage of being do-it-yourself devices (no family members needed).