What Helen Reddy taught me about women’s voices

Women's voices: Helen Reddy, Long Hard Climb. Capitol Records - Billboard, 11, August 1973, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org Women's voices letting out your inner roar The day the great Helen Reddy had died, I was speaking to another strong mother about telling women’s voices and their stories. She is smart and the family organiser – a logistics make-it-happen family member. We talked about her admirable parents and their partnership. Then we began talking…

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It’s in our DNA to survive coronavirus, just ask your relatives

We come from tough stock. Hearing our family history will help us realise we will survive coronavirus. State Library Victoria/Bert Knights, c1930 Domain, Sydney. Nearly every person you speak to when you start asking about family stories will have a story of lament. Their parents, an aunt, uncle, cousin or friend who should have written their life story. They just never got around to it or they might do it one day.…

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They aren’t done yet

It's hard not to feel panic or at least anxiety when faced with an unknown virus. Coronavirus can get into you and leave you feeling mildly unwell, but you can carry it to someone you know and they could die. Far out! It's the stuff of science fiction novels, but it's our reality now. One thing has truly disturbed me - beyond shoppers brawling over toilet paper - and it's this sense…

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Breaking news and thinking on your feet

This is something I had published elsewhere. It's not life story telling, but it gets the message across about thinking on your feet. Believe it or not, you need that when a life story teller throws a curly one at you.   I wrote my first ever news room story on a typewriter. Each paragraph was numbered and printed on carbon paper – one page to the editor, one to the sub-editor…

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Ten Tips for how to write your life story

A good effect too is to start with the people who came before you. Your memories of your parents, grandparents can help give life to a family tree chart. Interesting aunts and uncles and their stories can give real context to your life and the way you lived it back then.

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Why I left The Age (Hint: It is why we tell stories)

It is something we do all day, but it is rare to understand why we tell stories. Even if we aren't professionals at it, most of us do it subconsciously without even considering what we are trying to achieve.  Dinosaurs And The Digital Age In 2017, I left The Age.  I didn't leave The Age because I was a dinosaur from the print age, who didn't know how to adapt to the digital era. Actually, I found…

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