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Artisan Memoirs Home of the Downsizer Memory Book - When you are moving we create a beautiful picture book with your memories and stories, to take with you and to share.

We help you tell your story, and create beautiful illustrated books for you to share with the world and with generations to come.

Mission: We record the images and capture the stories of the place you love.

Saving Your Recorded Stories
03/25/2019
Saving Your Recorded Stories

Saving Your Recorded Stories

Remember cassette tapes? How about reel-to-reel? Somewhere in a box in my closet is a cassette tape with an interview with my dad, who passed away almost 16 years ago. The sound of his voice is now so precious. It almost doesn’t matter what he’s saying, so much as having the opportunity to hear ...

Why We Tell Stories
03/20/2019
Why We Tell Stories

Why We Tell Stories

Why do we tell stories? Why do we want to listen to stories? Both the telling and the listening are fundamental human acts. Even prelingual babies love to listen to stories and from a young age, we want to recount the tale of our lives to those who will listen. In fact, we know that babies and young

It used to be common practice for authors to write in “dialect”, to try to reproduce a particular accent or manner of sp...
03/11/2019
Writing With An Accent

It used to be common practice for authors to write in “dialect”, to try to reproduce a particular accent or manner of speech. Too often, however, writing with an accent was a way to describe a character or person as “less than” -- less intelligent, having less money, or just not being white. Fortunately this practice has largely disappeared, although authors writing about their own cultures or people may attempt to find ways to reproduce very specific kinds of accents to help their reader become immersed in their culture.

What is the case, however, when we write about real people, people from our own lives? Neither of my parents were American, and they both had accents. Those accents were very much a part of my childhood and a part of who my parents were. If I would write a piece where I quoted one of them, I might wish I could somehow reproduce their accent on the page, so that my descendants might “hear” what their ancestor sounded like. I’ve often wondered what my own accent sounds like to others -- can they hear a hint of my parents’ voices in mine? People’s accents, to me, add to the amazing tapestry of humanity, but I would only want them portrayed in a respectful manner.

The article below discusses the creation of a new accent, something I find fascinating in a time where I imagine that accents are disappearing, with the ubiquity of a “standard” American accent in movies and television. It makes me happy to imagine that new accents are still being formed.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/new-accent-liberal-kansas

It used to be common practice for authors to write in “dialect”, to try to reproduce a particular accent or manner of speech. Too often, however, writing with an accent was a way to describe a character or person as “less than” -- less intelligent, having less money, or just not being white....

Steven Greenblatt writes in the New York Times about research showing that storytelling is key not only to keeping socie...
02/26/2019
Our Stories Are Fundamental to Our Existence

Steven Greenblatt writes in the New York Times about research showing that storytelling is key not only to keeping societies together, but to enhancing them. Your stories are part of the fabric of your family. Knowing your family history helps you know who you are. Read this article and then tell us about a time when telling a story, or hearing one, made a difference (even a small one) in your life.

"Why Holiday Stories Matter"

Steven Greenblatt writes in the New York Times about research showing that storytelling is key not only to keeping societies together, but to enhancing them. Your stories are part of the fabric of your family. Knowing your family history helps you know who you are. Read this article and then tell

An article in a local British paper, the Lancashire Post, described the value of writing and publishing a life story boo...
01/31/2019
People are Writing their Life Stories from Britain to the Pacific Northwest

An article in a local British paper, the Lancashire Post, described the value of writing and publishing a life story book from the perspective of a British personal historian.

At Artisan Memoirs we provide a similar service to residents of the Pacific Northwest

An article in a local British paper, the Lancashire Post , described the value of writing and publishing a life story book from the perspective of a British personal historian.   At Artisan Memoirs we provide a similar service to residents of the Pacific Northwest. http://www.le

Read our latest post at Artisan Memoirs.
01/31/2019
Our Stories Are Fundamental to Our Existence

Read our latest post at Artisan Memoirs.

Steven Greenblatt writes in the New York Times about research showing that storytelling is key not only to keeping societies together, but to enhancing them. Your stories are part of the fabric of your family. Knowing your family history helps you know who you are. Read this article and then tell

Writing a personal history, whether your own or someone else's is a great melding of these two perspectives.
04/12/2018
Opinion | The Historians Versus the Genealogists

Writing a personal history, whether your own or someone else's is a great melding of these two perspectives.

The first look at the past and say, “This matters.” The second say, “This matters to me.” We need both perspectives.

Artisan Memoirs -  Your stories are important, whether your fame extends around the block or across the world.  We creat...
11/15/2017
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Artisan Memoirs - Your stories are important, whether your fame extends around the block or across the world. We create recordings and books that can become your legacy, and that will preserve the stories, photos and voice of someone you love. http://ow.ly/Sva130gAjO6

Artisan Memoirs empowers you to tell your story and the story of your loved ones.

Your stories are important, whether your fame extends around the block or across the world.  An artfully crafted persona...
08/24/2017

Your stories are important, whether your fame extends around the block or across the world. An artfully crafted personal history brings the past to life and preserves the vitality of family stories for generations to come. We create recordings and books that can become your legacy, or that will preserve the stories, photos and voice of someone you love.

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