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Dig Up a Family Story

Don’t tell me you don’t have a family story. I will pry one out of you in the blink of an eye! We all have a family and a personal set of stories, they are part of what makes us who we are. That family story may not be the 1950’s family image, family to you may be a gang of street friends who were there when you needed them. Family may be the people in your military unit. A family is a loose term for the people we are connected to. Some of the best relatives are not related!

Maybe your childhood included one of the cheek pinching Grandma’s with the strong cologne. Was your Grandfather the guy who could fix anything? Which Aunt spoiled you just a bit and you could see it irked your mother? This is the way to dig up a family story. Have you got one yet?

Now that you have a story what next?

  1. Dress the story

How did the character dress? If you were too little to remember, does someone have a photo? If not then how about a internet search for fashions from  those years. I love Pinterest for fashion based


2. What was  the conflict in the story?

Was it your Mom bothered that the Aunt bought you something more expensive than she did? Did that Grandfather hook you up with a not so safe mode of transport? Did your gang of friends dare you

into a stupid stunt?

3. Resolution

Not all stories fall into the “Happily Ever After” category, it’s OK! Even if an event will happen again, you can always say, “I’m wiser, until next time” Find a way to close your story, Don’t leave the

listener hanging.

Stupid Stunt: There are a lot of those stories, and I know a few. This post has prompted me to think of a story my Dad told. On Halloween night, one year of his youth, my Dad and his gang of friends stole the Mayors outhouse and put it in the middle of the town green. Now that  will be a fun story to construct.

OuthouseDid you come up with a story? Tell me a bit in the comments.

My blog is dedicated to family and historical family stories, If you would like to attend a workshop ( in Connecticut) I am hosting my workshop “My Roots are Showing; Collecting and Telling Family Stories”  March 20, 2016 1-5 the afternoon will be workshop followed by open mic here is the Facebook Event page:  or for more info email me at

Here are links to other blogs on family stories:

Sharing The Fire State of Mind – Albany

Sharing The Fire State of Mind – Albany

Come to Albany New York  join storytellers from all over the Northeast in getting into a New York State of Mind! Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference March 16,17,18, 2012 info: Ride Share Info on the Lanes website League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling and YOU! I’ll be sharing a pre-conference workshop… Continue Reading

Once Upon a Time…Sharing the Fire

Once Upon a Time…Sharing the Fire

Once upon a time that was really 2011, storytellers converged at the Lanes Sharing the Fire Conference. They were so excited to share a weekend of learning, swapping, meals, stories,  music, dancing and more…. The committee from Lanes stayed up way past their bedtime working to make everything just right! Hotel Security stayed up really late… Continue Reading

Sleighing to Sharing the Fire

Sleighing to Sharing the Fire

The  weather seems to think we need to break the record for all time low temps in the Northeast! That just means we need to have more people SHARING THE FIRE!  March 18-20, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Warwick, Rhode Island storytellers from around the Northeast will gather and share in warm stories, warm hearts,… Continue Reading