Create Your Own Family Originals: Over 500 Ways to Preserve Everyday Humor, Family Lore Andsignificant Milestones

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LuCreative Enterprises, Jan 1, 2006 - Crafts & Hobbies - 178 pages
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In this day of fast food, instant messaging and cell phones Create Your Own Family Originals is a fun, exciting and inspiring book to turn your thoughts to what is real and important in life, family and friends. This unique book will evoke a smile, spark a memory, and encourage celebrating special occasions in your own life and in the lives of those you love. The book itself is a wonderful gift for family and friends. Inside it is filled with meaningful and personal gift ideas for those very same people. In our consumer-crazed world, we sometimes overlook the fact that a gift of memory, a personal message of connection, or a thoughtful gesture might have more value than all the tangible objects and monetary gifts in the world. Family Originals focuses on this concept and promotes easy ways to share personal history, unique moments and family lore with loved ones. Story-telling is a timeless way to communicate, and this book is filled with real stories about real people. Some humorous, some historical, and some poignant, these stories translate into powerful messages. For anyone who can identify with such phrases as "My, how time flies!" or "Do you remember when?" or "I wish I had asked my parents about that!" Create Your Own Family Originals is a special find!

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Lucie EgglestoLucie Eggleston is founder and president of Letter-Perfect Communications, Inc., a consulting firm with one driving mission: tohelp corporate clients link their communication skills and profitability. Her client list covers every major profession, and her workhas taken her throughout the United States as well as to England. She is still working with her first client, a relationship thatspans 25 yearsOne of the hallmarks of her workshops is her stories. My life has been filled with wonderful stories, she acknowledges, but I mnot unique. All of us have rich stories moments of insight, joy, connection, struggle moments that define our lived truth. Ourstories are always one generation from extinction. That?'s why we need to preserve them and pass them on.?This passion for storytelling led Lucie and a college classmate to co-author Create Your Own Family Originals, a book thatinspires others to celebrate their stories. The book has been in national distribution since 2005. She has also written two bookson business writing: The Business Writer?'s Reference Manual, and What They Never Told You in English 101Because she believes in living out her commitment, Lucie has traveled to Africa as part of an intergenerational team to build a hospital. She has also partnered with educational alliances to link workplace skills and public education. Teaching is at theheart of everything she does, tapping human potential to go beyond the problem to envision the solution, and to move from position to shared understandingLucie has a B.A. in English from Agnes Scott College and a Master?'s in English from Georgia State University. She lives in Columbia with her husband Bob and their yellow Lab HollywooLucy LewiA native of Lancaster, South Carolina, Lucy Lewis is often asked how she got to Texas. After graduating from Agnes ScottCollege in Decatur, Georgia, Lucy married a native Texan. Eric and Lucy then moved to Dallas where they lived for 17 years. Eric?'s job led the Lewis family to Houston in 1989. As she had done in Dallas, Lucy quickly became involved in school, community, and church volunteer activities. A sustaining member of the Junior League, Lucy has always viewed volunteer workas a wonderful way to meet people, to feel a part of a city and community, and especially to connect and contribute. Over theyears Lucy?'s volunteer work activities have ranged from working as a docent for the Dallas Zoo giving hands-on demonstrationswith a 10 foot boa constrictor to serving as President of the Houston Symphony LeagueWhen her three daughters were one at a time heading out the door for college, Lucy began focusing on a business of makingmemory albums. She began helping people organize their photographs to preserve them. This business included everyonefrom young mothers making albums of their children to baby boomers making heritage albums about ancestors, from travelerschronicling their vacations to brides organizing their party pictures. Lucy has also worked with businesses to create memoryalbums for retiring executives and has even been contacted to preserve the stories and histories of businessesLucy is quick to say that she truly has a passion for preserving family stories and helping other people do the same. Years ago, she began calling herself a photo paramedic because she was helping others rescue their pictures and their memories fromdust and demiseIt was her album-making business and her family focus that led Lucy to reconnect with a college classmate at a 30th collegereunion and decide to write what is now described as a guide book that celebrates family, friends and relationships. CreateYour Own Family Originals shares 500 ways to highlight the meaning for a specific time, place, item, event or person. As anauthor with a focus on preserving family stories, Lucy enjoys making presentations to community groups, book clubs, churchgroups, and women?'s organizationsLucy and Eric love to travel, especially to a family vacation spot in the mountains of New Mexico. In addition, some of their otherfavorite travel spots include Dallas, Texas, Washington, DC, and New York City where three daughters live and work

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