Category Archives: Commentary

LifeMapping—Because Everything Happened Somewhere

By Sarah White An email recently popped into my in-box that reminded me of one of the oddest—and most entertaining—freelance writing assignments I’ve ever taken on. That email was about a reminiscence tool that you might consider for yourself or … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn About Customer Service from Hospice

By Neil Fauerbach The Hospice movement in this country has provided a wonderful environment for families facing end of life issues with their loved ones.  Considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice provides expert … Continue reading

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John Lewis Lights Our Way

By Jeremiah Cahill Currently, there’s a bill in the United States Senate, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This proposed legislation would restore parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the United States Supreme … Continue reading

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Martie McNabb, “Heartist”: Holding Space for Story-Sharing and Listening

I’ve found a partial solution to how to blog while experiencing a COVID-19 pandemic-related form of writers’ block: I’m sharing resources offered by friends/colleagues who are finding their own ways to help “ordinary” people cope in such an extraordinary time. … Continue reading

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“The Kid Kit: All you need to interview your grandparents” from Dawn Roode

I’ve found a partial solution to how to blog while experiencing a COVID-19 pandemic-related form of writers’ block: I’m sharing resources offered by friends/colleagues who are finding their own ways to help “ordinary” people cope in such an extraordinary time. … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Musings, April 15 edition (or: How to Blog through Writers’ Block)

On this morning, April 15, 2020, I sit looking out at an unnaturally quiet street, feeling like a stranger in a strange land. How, in this new place, will I use True Stories Well Told? How will I blog while … Continue reading

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Down the Rabbit Hole with COVID19

The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a … Continue reading

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Check out Brevity (the magazine and blog) for Flash Nonfiction

For several years now, I’ve been intrigued with Flash Nonfiction, specifically the subgenre of Flash Memoir. What’s that? By my definition, tightly-focused, scene-based, observant, true stories from life. That’s mostly what I publish here on True Stories Well Told, just … Continue reading

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Musings on Author’s Notes, Disclaimers, and Such

I have recently returned from my first residency as a student in the University of King’s College MFA-Creative Nonfiction program. One of the reasons I chose this program (let’s not speak of the attractions of a program requiring visits to … Continue reading

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Throwing a Perfect Family Reunion Party

By Aimee Lyons Planning a family reunion this summer? Here are a few things to keep in mind before the crowd arrives. Before Aimee shares her tips, let me reminisce… Family reunions can be remarkable moments that bind a family … Continue reading

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