Read this article and you’ll understand why I’m interested in gathering and writing personal histories.
It’s called What I Learned From Jack, and it’s from Barbara Allen Burke’s excellent blog I Am Story.
For the past 2 Â½ years, Iâ€™ve had my version of Tuesdays with Morrie. Iâ€™ve had â€œWednesdays with Jack.â€ Just about every weekâ€”with occasional breaks for holidays or travelâ€”Iâ€™ve spent a couple of hours with a bright, engaging 89-year-old former military colonel and inveterate sailor. Each week, Iâ€™ve gone to Jackâ€™s apartment, armed with a tape recorder, my laptop computer, and an atlas. Jack sits in his favorite chair and I set up my equipment and sit next to him. And then we talk. Read the rest
Click over and you can read a little bit about Jack, and why putting together his family and personal history was so satisfying and rewarding to Barbara.
What a life! (Bonus points if you get it right: Am I talking about Jack, or about the writer?!)
Thanks for the post. It’s nice to know that someone else recognizes what a cool job I have! Although being a writer in Hawaii sounds like a nice life, too…
I love your writing, Barbara, and your blog.
Thanks, Leslie! I notice you joined the Association of Personal Historians. We have a very active chapter in the Pacific Northwest, conveniently close to home. Glad you found that if you’re interested in doing personal histories.