I have always had a passion for sound and the spoken word. Growing up my little transistor radio was my constant companion. Working in radio broadcasting was a logical step on my journey. And then in 2001, I discovered the Association of Personal Historians and realized that what I’d been all along, without realizing it, was a Personal Historian!
To quote Sue Monk Kidd in The Secret Life of Bees: “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”
That same year, “Real to Reel, recording personal stories” was born. Over the past 12+ years I’ve recorded stories with nearly 200 individuals throughout the U.S. A regret is that I didn’t discover this in time to record my dad’s stories. Thanks to his siblings, I have stories about him but that is very different from having HIS stories…and his voice.
I love sitting down, asking questions and guiding people through their lives. When they say, “I haven’t thought about that in years!” or “I really shouldn’t tell you, but…” and I see the twinkle in their eye, I wait…and listen. Listening is the most important thing I do.
I’m also one of those strange people who love public speaking and have been a Toastmaster for many years. As you may have guessed, my favorite topic is talking about the importance and value of preserving personal stories.
I believe that what I do, listening to and recording stories, is sacred work. I am reminded daily what a privilege it is to do work that makes a profound difference in the lives of all concerned, from the storyteller to the family and friends who hear the stories.
That’s part of my story. I look forward to hearing yours!
A Passion for Peace
I have a special passion for recording stories of those who have a heart for peace and justice.
Our world is filled with stories of fear, war and death. Now more than ever we need to hear the stories of people who believe there’s a better way.
- Are you a conscientious objector for religious or moral reasons?
- Do you care deeply about peace and justice?
- Are you concerned about the “least of these? How did you come to care so deeply? Who and what influenced how you have lived your life?
We need to hear your stories so we can learn from them…NOW!