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New Address

Hello! You are reading this at turningmemories.wordpress.com. We are now hosting our blog at our own website: http://thememoirnetwork.com/memoir-blog/. You should also be able to reach our new blog by going to our old address of http://memoirwritersblog.turningmemories.com, which will redirect to … Continue reading

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Holding Back the Truth in Your Memoir

“I believe one has to stop holding back for fear of alienating some imaginary reader or real relative or friend and come out with personal truth. If we are to understand the human condition and if we are to accept … Continue reading

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Louis Ledoux and Marie Valiquet Marry

During his first decade in Canada, Louis did not marry. While his friend Adrien Sénécal was growing a family, Louis remained single, paying (one presumes) the bachelor tax. In the early 1670s, Louis moved from one settlement to another, but, … Continue reading

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Telling the Truth about your Life

“The telling of your stories is a revolutionary act.” –Sam Keen, writer In a world where we are constantly being bombarded with subtle–and not so subtle–messages about who we ought to be, it is a bold statement to take a … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Three Elements Necessary for a Blogged Memoir (Or Any Memoir)

Many writers would like to write or blog a memoir. It’s not that different than writing or blogging a novel, except, of course, you are blogging or writing about your own experiences… Continue reading

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Becoming American–why not?

From We Were Not Spoiled, the memoir of Lucille Verreault Ledoux as told to Denis Ledoux. My father had not come to the US to stay but that’s what happened. Working here to support his family and buying an apartment building that was … Continue reading

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Writing a Memoir Is Not Easy

Writing a memoir is not an easy task to sustain. A memoir project starts with a burst of energy. “This is going to be a good piece of writing! What am I saying ‘good’… “It’s going to be great!” So … Continue reading

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The First Months of My Marriage

e left Lewiston and our wedding guests to travel to Albert’s base in Syracuse, New York, at 1:30. Since it was still summer… Continue reading

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Meeting My Ancestors in New France

[This is an excerpt from Here to Stay an account of the lives of my seventeenth-century ancestors. Everything in the book is factual or a reasonable surmise (and referenced as such).] This book could have begun in 1604 with Louis … Continue reading

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My Son Denis is Born

My second pregnancy was also easy enough. This time Albert was with me, and he and I could live it together. My mother had had most of her babies at home, but by the mid-1940s, women were… Continue reading

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