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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

TED Talk Tuesday: Everyone Around You Has a Story the World Needs to Hear

I first saw this talk from Dave Isay a while ago. I found it thoroughly moving and it made me want to go and interview my grandparents to find out their life-stories. Unfortunately, I only have two grandparents remaining and one of them is no longer able to hold a conversation. But maybe I could start with my parents and begin a history of my family from the moment we arrived in Australia?


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  1. I think most people have a great story. I learned that from talking to my parents one evening and learning so many interesting things I would never have learned had I not sat them down and asked them about their story.
    That said, I don't think we need to hear EVERYONE's story. My mind is already polluted with the useless, heinous, forced-upon-me story of the Kardashians.

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    1. Well hey, I even think their story is interesting. The whole family dynamic, the individual issues they've got going on, their uncanny ability to enter the zeitgeist... It's interesting, albeit annoying.

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  2. I find personal family history and genealogy fascinating! Yes, start with your parents -- they will be a fount of information and will love sharing it with you, I'm sure. So where did your parents emigrate from? Britain?

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    1. My grandparents (on both sides) immigrated from Italy. My parents are the first generation of Australian.

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    2. D'oh! I guess your surname should have tipped me off, eh? By the way, I posted the Creative Blogger award you gave me way back in June -- many thanks again, Michael!

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  3. I have a hard time asking people these sort of questions, but I like reading about it. It just interesting..

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    1. Oh really? I find them the juiciest questions to answer. I love getting to the bottom of what makes people tick.

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  4. You will be very happy if you start asking questions and eke out their history or just stories. My father is 84 and it's amazing what a question will prompt. It will add to you as a person and give greater depth as you pursue your career and life. Good luck and have fun with it.

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    1. I did once interview my grandpa for a school assignment and what I got there was quite interesting. He lived in other countries before moving to Australia, he fled Italy so that he wouldn't have to perform mandatory military service and he spent a little bit of time working as a blacksmith.

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