WINNERS CIRCLE!

CONGRATULATIONS TO AMY G.,
WINNER OF AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY
OF HOME FIRE BOOK III !

CONGRATULATIONS TO DOROTHY H.!  HER NAME WAS DRAWN AS WINNER (FROM THE LITTLE LOG HOUSE SHOW DRAWING )OF AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF HOME FIRE: THE BIG YEAR! 

Congratulations to Nancy L.!  The next winner of an autographed copy fo Home Fire:  The Big Year!  Her name was drawn from the Rogers Craft Fair entries!

You can get an AUTOGRAPHED copy of any of the Home Fire books by completing the attached  order form and mailing it along with your payment to:
Nancy Ann Books
PO Box 47392
Plymouth, MN 55447

Home Fire:  The Journey Home  is now on  Amazon!

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Writer’s Workout

Preserve Your Family’s History!

By Nancy Ann

Every person, every family, has its own unique story to tell.  Never think that yours are not interesting.  Just imagine how many lives Laura Ingalls Wilder touched and influenced.  She had no idea that her humble biography would one day become a best-selling set of books, let alone a famous television series!

Perhaps your family stories won’t receive the attention that Mrs. Wilder’s did, but there are many people who will get enjoyment from reading about your history, especially your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on.  Wouldn’t you love to be reading a journal that your great-grandmother wrote when she was just a young girl?! 

I started keeping my journal when my second child was born.  That was 28 years ago.  I have a large stack of wire-bound notebooks that are filled with facts and memories that otherwise would have been forgotten.  I noted simple day to day things, such as gardening or a new pet. As well as events in the news, such as the day when the Challenger was launched.

My journals were not a personal diary filled with my innermost secrets, rather, I wrote it for my family.  If you have a journal that was penned by a grandfather, grandmother, uncle, etc…consider yourself very fortunate!  And I urge you to take on the task to either scan it or type it up for others in your family to read and preserve!  If somebody doesn’t do that, all of those memories are likely to be lost or destroyed.  Start keeping your own journal, encourage your kids to do so, too.

If your family does not have such journals, then reach out to your elders.  Sit with them and really talk to them.  Learn more about your family history before it’s too late.  An easy way to do this is to record your conversations with your cellphone or Mp3.  (Of course, let them know that your conversation is being recorded.)  Later, you can sit down, listen to the recording, and review any notes that you had taken.  Then start compiling your family’s history.  Try to get some photographs, too!

If you don’t take the time and effort to do this, who will?

Nancy’s Notes

With All Due Respect Project

By Nancy Ann

I am going to take advantage of my Nancy’s Notes column to tell you about the With All Due Respect project.  This is an ambition that I have had for a long time.  In 2006 or so, I started to implement it, but just didn’t have the time to devote to it while I was working on my Home Fire series.  Now, with Home Fire:  The Big Year in its final stages of completion, I have decided to put With All Due Respect on the front burner for one of my 2015 goals. 

The Mission:  To preserve and publish the memories of Americans for future generations before they are lost-so that they may never be forgotten.

To achieve this, we need your help!  Please share your own stories, reach out to the elders of your family, or to any seniors that you know, and let them know about WADR.  Encourage and help them to submit their stories!  It doesn’t need to be a long, family history.  It could be a simple childhood memory, their first job, or a historical event that they lived through.  How did their family make its living?  What were their chores as a child?

The goal of WADR is to preserve as many of these precious memories as we possibly can for the future generations to come while sharing them with others at the same time. 

Submissions are accepted from various age groups at all times, however our immediate focus will be on those born 1940 or earlier, especially those who are 80+ years of age.  If you know of any centenarians, we’d love to hear their stories!!!  People can submit as many stories as they wish and we accept submissions at all times for immediate and future use.  We also accept any photos that people would like to share.  (Do not send originals, as neither submissions nor photos are returned.)

The With All Due Respect project is a labor of love and operates on a shoestring budget, so unfortunately we cannot afford to pay our contributors beyond a printed copy of the issue in which their story appears. 

Please review, print, share the submission guidelines or better yet, visit www.withallduerespectproject.com today and help us spread the word! 



FEEL FREE TO PRINT OUT OR SHARE THE GUIDELINES FOR THE With All Due Respect project WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

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