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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Review: Memories of Me by Laura Hedgecock

Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life by Laura Hedgecock, NF, 2014, Paperback, 235p, My Rating=5
Source: provided by publicist in exchange for an honest review

We all have stories to share with our children and grandchildren. Whether it’s a proud moment, memories of grandparents, or a lesson you’ve learned, Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life helps you put the episodes of your past onto paper share them with loved ones.
Inside you'll find
- Simple, down-to-earth instructions to get you started
- Worksheets with in-depth brainstorming exercises
- Plenty of examples to spark your creativity
- Writing advice to make your memories shine
Preserve your stories and share them with the important people in your life using the tips and advice found in this comprehensive guide.

In the introduction, the author hopes that the reader does not read this book all at once but to put it down often, experimenting as you go. Unfortunately, I started to read this book only a couple of days before my scheduled review so I didn’t have the luxury of time to stop often. I believe that hurt my experience with the read because I found myself skimming through the worksheets. Not actually taking the time to “work” on it. Therefore, I lost the experience of gaining the full beauty of the tutorial. That aside, this guide book was truly comprehensive. It broke down a myriad of potential writing scenarios and walked you through them. In each section, the author stated a topic, described it, illustrated its importance and effectiveness, provided you with questionnaire worksheet, and concluded with “My Turn” moments where she wrote a personal example of what that portion of discussion might look like. What’s even more remarkable was that throughout the read, I felt the sincerity and care in her words to help me, the reader, be successful in accomplishing that certain objective. It felt as if she was behind me whispering encouragements. That’s a mark of an exceptional non-fiction writer because too much concentration on facts leads to a boring read. This was far from boring but rather quite a helpful tool in aiding me see the beauty of capturing my own “treasure chest of memories”. She helped me see that although I have a blog, a journal, and take pictures, there are many cues that I never thought of that I can utilize to enhance my treasures. Many memories worth preserving and she put it all in the book for me to contemplate on. Sweet!

My ultimate take out from this book was the support and confidence to keep writing. Continue to write and write and write because practically everything I write gives my reader a fuller picture of who I am which in turns gives me a tangible mark in this world and later a “treasure chest of memories” for my posterity to enjoy.  Thank you, Ms Hedgecock for this great counsel. 

About the Author

Laura Hedgecock was born in South Carolina but came to live in Michigan by way of Chicago and Germany. Leaving her career in International Business to be a stay-at-home mom and her association with non-profits led her to helping other tell their stories. Treasure Chest of Memories: How to Capture and Share the Stories of Your Life results from the intersection of Ms. Hedgecock’s experience in genealogy, photography, and scrapbooking, as well as her journey of compiling her own memories. She blogs about preserving and sharing memories at

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