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Check out my Wavemakers column on local artist Geoff Rawling.
03/18/2019
Geoff Rawling, Local Artist | The Wave | Rockaway Beach, NY

Check out my Wavemakers column on local artist Geoff Rawling.

Geoff Rawling's Rockaway artwork is so prolific, there's a good chance you've taken it for granted. Beach 116th Street is a gallery of his work: the beach scene painted near the bus stop, the sign over Rockaway Beach Surf Shop, paintings at Pickles and Pies. And you've likely dined in the shadow of....

Peggy Page was 45 years old when she discovered her love of theater. Today, she is inspiring the next generation of acto...
02/08/2019
Wavemakers | The Wave | Rockaway Beach, NY

Peggy Page was 45 years old when she discovered her love of theater. Today, she is inspiring the next generation of actors and singers through Rockaway Theatre Company's Young People's Theatre Workshop. I wrote about her journey for Wavemakers, my column in The Rockaway Wave.

(Editor's Note: We are so excited to bring the accomplished Cynthia Ramnarace to our pages as a featured columnist. Her column, aptly named "Wavemakers," will feature profiles of Rockaway folks who are doing their best to make our peninsula a better place. – MH) For three weekends straight, during...

Here's what I'd recommend as step one: Find the oldest living person in your family, and start asking questions. Even th...
02/04/2019
Why You Should Dig Up Your Family’s History — and How to Do It

Here's what I'd recommend as step one: Find the oldest living person in your family, and start asking questions. Even the most basic ones -- what is your full name? Where were you born? Who were your parents? -- can yield important details and sometimes, surprises.

Learning your history is forced reckoning, asking you to consider whose stories you carry with you and which ones you want to carry forward.

Truth: I love reading obituaries. They are the perfect short story-- a chronicle of life's joy and sadness, and a glimps...
08/05/2018
CELESTINE ARNDT's Obituary on The Washington Post

Truth: I love reading obituaries. They are the perfect short story-- a chronicle of life's joy and sadness, and a glimpse into what defines success and how people overcome challenges. The best ones are full of rich detail and maybe even a little funny too. Check out this one and think-- how do you want to be remembered?

"She was not without flaws. Her sense of adventure was occasionally unencumbered by prudence or common sense. Her taste in sofa upholstery lapsed in the early 1970's. But she was also extraordinarily thoughtful, gracious, kind-hearted, and warm."

https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=celestine-arndt&pid=189735330&preview=false&referrer=0

Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | ARNDT Celestine Favrot Arndt 1940 - 2018 Celestine Favrot Arndt died at her home in Encino, California, on Saturday, July 21, 2018, surrounded by her beloved family. She was 77. Ms. Arndt was born

12/12/2017
A Man for Others

During the summer of 2016, I had the honor of helping Andrew Israel write his memoir. The resulting book, A Man for Others, is a history of his life, as well as a love letter to his family. I am so grateful to the Israel family for allowing me to share this special time with them, and for the opportunity to publish this book. Teresa O'Brien Israel has asked that I make copies are available for purchase: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/7232632/6c118250fd74e739e9cd966684e861fb307ca7e4

In the weeks before he passed away, Andrew J. Israel shared his memories, his hopes and dreams for his children, and his immense love for his family in this memoir by Memoiria Publishing NYC.

12/09/2017

I'm very excited: I'm starting a new memoir project today! The client is 95, grew up in Prague, and was a refugee after the war. We have a lot of ground to cover, but I'm excited by the challenge.

10/24/2017

I just sent Memoiria's latest book to the printer: "A Man for Others" by Andrew J. Israel. I can't wait to see the actual published book! Details to come on how you can order a copy.

In memoir, the dramatic points in a person's life often focus on victory over adversity. But equally important, as well ...
10/13/2017
I Have a Message for You

In memoir, the dramatic points in a person's life often focus on victory over adversity. But equally important, as well as inspiring and poignant, are the moments of pure serendipity, when the seemingly impossible just happens -- without warning, without explanation. And yet, they are pivotal. This is one of those stories. https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000005474329/i-have-a-message-for-you.html

To escape Auschwitz, she left her father to die. Decades later, she got a message from him.

05/01/2017

Today is May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day. For #writethisrightnow, let’s talk about the working life. How did you get to where you are in your career? Here is my story.

I am a writer, and I write people’s life stories. I came to this work first through a love of writing itself—as a shy, chubby kid with glasses and braces, who was often teased and bullied, putting pencil to paper let me express myself in a way that was safe and satisfying. My fifth-grade teacher at P.S. 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Mr. Moss, gave us free writing time every day. We could pick any place in the gymnasium (our school so overcrowded, that’s where our classroom was) and write.

I always chose to sit on the windowsill of the huge, gated windows. I can still remember how absolutely happy this made me, how all the stress and frustration I felt melted away when I could be alone with my thoughts. Mr. Moss encouraged me to keep writing, to get better. A thought settled into my brain: This might be the thing that I am good at.

I kept writing, always excelling in English class. I kept reading, and by high school my obsession was newspapers. It was the 1980s, the years of Bernie Goetz, the subway vigilante, and the Central Park jogger, who was believed to be gang-raped by a gang of “wilding” teenagers. One day I decided to count how many female bylines I could find in the New York Daily News. I can’t remember how many I found, but I remember being appalled at how small it was.

This, I decided, was a discrepancy I could take on. I went to college and majored in journalism.

As a reporter, I’ve covered most of the major beats: politics, education, crime. But the reporting I loved most happened when I could sit at someone’s kitchen table and listen as they told me about a life-changing experience.

There are stories that stick with me: The couple that had two children die of a rare genetic disorder, and then had the courage to get pregnant again. A young woman who survived meningitis, but lost all four limbs in her battle with the disease. A mother of three small children whose husband died suddenly of a brain aneurysm, and the complete stranger who heard her story and decided to raise thousands of dollars to help her find a way forward.

Here I am, now, running a business that is focused on those kitchen-table conversations, where I get to help people record their greatest and most life-changing moments. A story written down is a story remembered, and I feel blessed to do the work I do.

For #writethisrightnow, tell the story of your career. What inspired you to take up the work you do? Did you have any obstacles in the journey to realizing your goals? Did you start out thinking you wanted one career, but wind up doing something completely different?

Feel free to share your story below!

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04/30/2017

The key, I think, is listening. If you talk with someone and are willing to accept their story, not internalize it or judge yourself by it, you can see a person's journey as a pure reflection of individual experience. That's what I try to capture.

04/03/2017

It's #writethisrightnow Monday--Your memoir writing prompt for the week for April 3, 2017.

This past weekend, my daughter received the most amazing gift -- her godmother took her to see Hamilton on Broadway. Mira is 12 and is obsessed with Hamilton in ways only a pre-teen can be -- she memorized the soundtrack, and finds apropos moments to break into song: "I'm just like my country I'm young scrappy and hungry -- So when's dinner, mom?"

To which I respond -- "When you 'Rise up!' and set the table." (I started learning lyrics via osmosis, from her constant retelling.)

Seeing Hamilton was, to quote Mira: "life changing." Understanding how the music came together with the choreography, experiencing live theater and being face-to-face with raw, pure talent is an experience she will likely never forget.

For today's writing prompt, think about a gift someone gave you that was "life changing." It might be a gift you feel you could never repay, but want to. Writing about it would be one way to do that.

Some ideas for life-changing gifts include: help paying for college, a beloved pet, an engagement ring. Or, it could be something intangible -- the opportunity to spend more time with a loved one than you had planned for, or encouragement and support during a time when you were feeling particularly low.

#writethisrightnow

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03/27/2017

It's #writethisrightnow Monday--Your memoir writing prompt for the week.

Who is the difference-maker in your life?

Success is rarely achieved in solitude. We all have people who have helped us along the way. Is there someone in your life who made a difference? Encouraged you? Supported you? Didn't let you give up?

Maybe it was a teacher who exposed you to a whole new way of thinking, or encouraged you?

Was it a family member who helped keep you focused on your dreams, or provided the emotional or financial support to make them happen?

Did becoming a parent help you strive for success in ways you wouldn't have before?

Maybe it was a boss or mentor who helped you navigate the early years of your career?

Once you identify the person you want to write about, think about a pivotal experience you had with this person. Tell that story, and in the process show us what makes this person special. Was it a specific thing he/she said? A kindness shown? What story defines your relationship?

I'll be blogging on this topic later today, so please come back for a read. Also, if you would like to receive these prompts via email, please contact me at [email protected].

Thanks, and #writethisrightnow !

03/20/2017

It's #writethisrightnow Monday! Here's your memoir writing prompt of the week:

It's March 20, the first day of spring. What memories does this conjure up for you?

Thank about winter changing into spring, and then make a list of what comes to mind. Did you prepare the garden with a grandparent? Was it finally warm enough that you could go out and play ball with your friends? Or maybe it's a more profound experience. Sometimes the weather itself -- the smell in the air, the temperature -- can put you back in a time and place. What memory does spring conjure for you?

Some cultures have celebrations tied to the start of spring. In Japan, there are cherry blossom festivals. In Switzerland, a snowman is burned in effigy during a celebration called Sechseläuten. The first day of spring is celebrated in Iran as the Persian New Year, called Nowruz. How does your culture celebrate spring?

Now take a look at that list of memories, and pick one to focus on. Write the story of that experience. Put yourself back in that time and place, and write it as if you were telling the story to a loved one. Focus on what happened, but also why it was meaningful.

Write your story for yourself, or feel free to paste it below. I'll provide feedback.

#writethisrightnow from www.memoiria.com helps you turn your short stories into your life story. Check in every Monday for your writing prompt for the week.

The producer and screenwriter talk about the making of the iconic film, "Groundhog Day," and it leaves me thinking -- wh...
03/16/2017
Going Back to ‘Groundhog Day.’ Again.

The producer and screenwriter talk about the making of the iconic film, "Groundhog Day," and it leaves me thinking -- what if you sat down with someone you shared a great memory with, turned on a tape reporter, and just reminisced? That's kind of what this article is. So I say: Try it! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/movies/bill-murray-groundhog-day-oral-history.html?_r=0

Bone-chilling cold, peppermint schnapps and Bill Murray vs. a large rodent: how “Groundhog Day” became a beloved classic.

03/13/2017

Write This, Right Now!

Want to write your own memoir, but don' t know where to start? Check in every Monday for your writing prompt for the week.

For March 13:

Today is my brother- and sister-in-law's birthdays. They are siblings who were born one year apart, to the day. Crazy, right?

This week, I challenge you to write a short essay about something special you share with a sibling or other family member. Why is this important to you? How do you commemorate or honor it? It can be anything -- the room you shared as children, the support you received through a difficult time, a shared joke or life experience. Write it for yourself, or feel free to post it below.

#writethisrightnow

03/09/2017

Memoiria Publishing NYC helps everyday people write their life stories. Our writers, editors and designers craft a custom, one-of-a-kind book that chronicles your life. Want to learn more? Email [email protected]

Advice from Patrick O'Connell, owner of the famous dining experience, Inn at Little Washington: "That’s what I always te...
03/08/2017
This Is (Almost) 40: An Oral History of The Inn at Little Washington

Advice from Patrick O'Connell, owner of the famous dining experience, Inn at Little Washington:

"That’s what I always tell young people. It doesn’t matter what you want to do. If you want to open a sandwich shop and sell Reubens, find out who has the best Reuben in the whole world, measure what you’re doing against that, and aim for that. Don’t aim for simply the best in your town." via OpenTable
http://ow.ly/dPXK309HISr

For nearly four decades, gourmands from around the globe have been making pilgrimages to the Virginia countryside to dine at The Inn at Little...

The Oral History of 'Daria'  via VICE, aka the story of how I learned dark, brooding and female was ok.  Daria4ever http...
03/06/2017
The Oral History of 'Daria' - VICE

The Oral History of 'Daria' via VICE, aka the story of how I learned dark, brooding and female was ok. Daria4ever http://ow.ly/xDI3309CRvv

How a rag-tag group of writers, voice actors, and animators cobbled together MTV's first 'girl hit' and the longest-running animated series in the...

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