Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.
-Soren Kierkegaard

The Cab Ride I'll Never Forget...

"We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware - beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one."
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Sunday, November 2, 2008

The time is right and the season is now, for chronicling stories of who & how.

The time has come for my first foray into the blogging world. I have been very busy with several personal biographies that will soon show up on my site (www.HeirloomBiography.com). 

Just completed is a biography of Jane & Byron Carlson - a youthful couple and long-time family friends who were ready for the story of their lives to be told. Jane is a fantastic watercolor artist with international acclaim, and was a top Ford model for half of her life - even appearing on the cover of Life magazine! Byron was a television announcer during TV's heyday, and an international headhunter in his later years. Jane was a little skeptical that a bio would have any real value other than a "one-time viewing". A "shelf-warmer", if you will. Fortunately, she was pleasantly surprised with the outcome and has requested a shorter version to show friends and acquaintances. Byron was clearly moved and grateful to have his & his family's lineage properly illuminated. Their children have each expressed their gratitude, as well.

Also, a local family had me record their trio of siblings; each one offering forth their vision of life and its' promises in a new "Tell Me A Story" children's video. 

In addition, two twins celebrated their 70th birthday with a 20-minute biography video. We created a dynamic interview filled with old pictures & period music. It was shown during their celebration at the Newark Museum. They have commissioned a full-length version as a family heirloom keepsake.

Two more are forthcoming - a 90 year-old woman who grew up in the Bronx during the war years, and a Chinese couple who faced the pressures of living between China & Japan during both the Japanese & Communist occupations before coming to America.

I hope that this blog will reflect many things as it grows. Firstly, my love for what my company does. Secondly, to reflect how far-reaching a biography can be not only for the subject, but for the entire family. I've seen tired eyes, weary from life's hardships, glow brightly while reminiscing on the trials & tribulations that have transpired. We've connected families that had forgotten how to communicate with each other, and heard how they grew closer and started treating one another with much deserved respect. Considering the current state of humanity and the few things in the course of our days that really make us "feel", something as simple as just talking and listening can be a much needed salve - for both the subject & the viewer!

Lastly, but not least, I aim to emphasize that an "empty box of photos tells no tales". I inherited many boxes of fabulous photos with no clear identification of anyone in them! Whether a simple montage or a full-blown biography, one needs to chronicle the lives of those who have gone before us. Not as a means of stroking an ego or as mere nostalgia - but as continuity. To understand our road ahead we must often know where we've been. Visit Heirloom Biography to see our services offered and the love we have for every story.

"Every Age Has A Story To Tell"