Category Archives: history

WWII Refugee Memoir: One Family, Many Voices

It’s never too late to write your family stories, and don’t be dismayed if it takes many years to finish. My mother’s memoir, Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, about her childhood in Japan during WWII, took about ten years, with the … Continue reading

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Writing Your Family History Book

Last weekend I delivered my dad’s side family history book to the relatives. All that work was so worthwhile to feel the glow of my dad and his brother’s awe and gratitude. Worth the trip to Chicago where I got … Continue reading

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Dia de los Muertos, NaNoWriMo, and your family history

Today I went to our history museum to see the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. I love this celebration, kind of like the Japanese Obon time but more colorful and fun. Both these celebrations honor family … Continue reading

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