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Making a Memory Souvenir

memory souvenir

One of my relatives visited Pike Place Market in Seattle recently and took home a memory souvenir. What’s a memory souvenir? Not an actual item, necessarily, but an experience that triggers a pleasant memory. Here’s the nine-second video: She didn’t need to buy anything, she took a picture to remember a fun outing. How it works This […]

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An Italian Immigrant Story

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My mother was an Italian immigrant. That’s her in the passport photo. Mom’s the baby. My grandmother, Fortunata, is the heroine. Or the crazy woman, depending on your perspective. If Fortunata looks a little stressed, keep in mind her baby was only two months old. Her other children were nine years and thirteen months months old. […]

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Travel Guides and Writing Historical Fiction

Travel Guides

I’ve been consulting the travel guides recently as I write a novel set in World War I Egypt. I’ve personally visited the other locations in my novel, but I won’t be able to travel to Cairo anytime soon, perhaps never. That doesn’t, however, get me off the hook for writing intelligently about a land far […]

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Serendipity and Research

I’m just back from a two-week swing through Tennessee and Kentucky where I spent six days in libraries and the rest of the time hunting up sites and experiences related to my historical characters. I’m a lover of travel stories and two weeks ago I found myself in the middle of one of those serendipitous meetings […]

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