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About first person productions

My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.

Not sure why you’d write your family’s history? Read this.

By Sarah White I wrote this in 2013. Today, I believe just as strongly in the importance of preserving family history as I did then. “The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest … Continue reading

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How Now Brown Cow

By Marlene B. Samuels Of course it had to be so, my eight-year-old self reasoned. Jake, my twelve year-old brother, and I sat in the kitchen eating breakfast. That particular morning we were enjoying a special treat: the chocolate milk … Continue reading

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“Never Point a Gun…”

By Jeremiah Cahill Ka-BAAM! There’s nothing like the sound and feel of an Army-issue .45 caliber handgun going off in your hand when you think the gun is unloaded. That was especially true for me when I was 13 years … Continue reading

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On Turning 65

By Sarah White The first clue that this might not be purely a joy-ride was the weather. The temperature hovered at the cold edge of comfortable, wearing the jacket I had brought to Italy. The scowling clouds looked like they … Continue reading

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By Paige Srickland I’m not sure why, but I have always been partial to long(er) hair. Today, when I see a friend or colleague who had lengthy or “big” hair suddenly appear with a short bob I often feel a … Continue reading

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A Place That Felt Like Home

By Katherine Becklin-Johnson It rose up like a beacon on the 200 acre dairy farmstead, set in a valley near the wild Pecatonica River in the lush green unglaciated hills of Southwest Wisconsin. This simple wooden and stone structure bore … Continue reading

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Branding Day

By Violet Suta Moran Branding was not a happy time for those on the receiving end but I remember it as an exciting day when I was a child expecting visitors and lots of action on our Montana ranch. First … Continue reading

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Beavers’ Tale

By Faith Ellestad One theory of eternity, my current favorite, involves the ability to return to earth as a different entity.  Given a choice, I think I might like to return as Castor canadensis, a good old North American beaver. … Continue reading

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Governor’s Island Magic

By Ellen Magee If the number and size of the Mendota Mental Health grounds’ effigy mounds are any indication, Governor’s Island and the Mendota lakeshore surrounding it for miles was sacred ground to the early inhabitants of the area. I … Continue reading

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Me and Marching Bands

By Sarah White Forward Marching Band at the Orton Park Festival, August 2021, Madison Wisconsin In the 1960s, a high school stood behind our house in Carmel, Indiana, separated from our yard by a chain link fence. Beyond the fence … Continue reading

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