Friday, November 19, 2010

Start Here

How do I start?  I thought this would be easy.  I have  stories to tell about my childhood and my family, but it is not easy to get started. 

I dedicate the stories in this blog to my grandsons Jeremy and Dylan.   And to their children. 

When my mother was alive I helped her write a book of stories about her life.  I sent her  a book  that was full of questions to help her remember.  She answered them in many long hand written letters.

My part was easy.  I took what she wrote and organized it a bit. I entered it onto the computer, had some family pictures scanned and added. I used "quick pics" as illustrations, and had the books printed and bound. 

After they were done, we went back to Wisconsin and had a family picnic where we celebrated Mom's book and had her sign a copy for each of her children and grandchildren.

Now I am doing the same for myself.  I'm using the blog format because I am comfortable with it.
I will be using  "labels" to organize the posts.  

I'm also going to play with making audio tracks of the posts. 

So, lets get started!

Audio version : Merikay tells the story


  1. what a great idea!!!..good job so far! the horse story..your imaginary friend!.teachers were mean back then!!

  2. I love this.

    I might even copy your idea but I need to do something about my extra long Blog reader list. It aint healthy to have such a long list but somehow I feel as though I'm betraying someone when I delete their blog. I must get tough.

    I could save hours if I read less.

  3. Merikay - I was telling Barnes about your blogs - and when I mentioned that you were writing stories about your life he asked if you had ever read "Angle of Repose" by Wallace Stegner -- tho the protagonist in this novel goes back to the lives of his grandparents which he has to research. I think that the fact your idea started with helping your mother write her stories triggered the association with the book.

  4. This will be interesting

  5. This is such a great idea. Would be nice if you could post a photo or two of the book you published for your mother.