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November 20, 2019

Me and my 92 year-old Nana in her nursing facility.

I love my Nana. I visit her every weekend in the nursing home. Sometimes I find it very hard to keep the conversation going because she keeps telling the same stories and asked about people that are no longer alive. I...

November 19, 2019

This story was initially published in Psychology Today. Here is the original link to the story: Memoir Article.

Diana Raab is the author of two full-length memoirs and many short personal essays. People often ask her why people write memoirs. What she usually tells them...

November 16, 2019

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. - Tecumseh - 

Thanksgiving can be very stressful.


November 14, 2019

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt   

It's not a nursing home, it's a retirement home.  That's what my kids tell us. They say it will be easier for us and easier for them.  Regardless of what it's called, I thin...

November 11, 2019

 Just like a speech therapist whose goal is to help people properly enunciate and articulate correctly, there are a series of audible transcription commands that must be learned for on the fly transcription punctuation.

While learning the commands is good...

November 7, 2019

What is a selfie? According to Merriam-Webster's definition, a selfie is, "an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks." While this definition sounds quite innocuous, there is a deeper meaning to people who post...

October 15, 2019

Most people fantasize about writing their memoir so they can have a permanent record of their life experiences. 

In actuality, less than 1% of these people start and complete their stories because writing is tedious, time-consuming, and most people don’t even know where...

October 11, 2019

When my grandpa was moved to physical action, you felt utter terror. - Liev Schreiber - 

Actually, it's still a secret. He only shared the details of it in BabbleStash. He said when he dies he'll share the printed memoir and audio files with all of us. C'mon grandpa, I...

October 3, 2019

The official definition of transcription is: "A written or printed version of something; a transcript."

When smartphones added transcription to their services, it was truly a game changer. Voicemail no longer had to be listened to, they could now be read. Dictation no l...

October 1, 2019

Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. - Walt Whitman - 

In terms of the selfie, I believe, as it relates to the Whitman quote, people mentally replace the sun with their smartphone camera. The shadows symbolize people who are not...

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