If you are in or approaching
your Golden Years,
you have lived through the most changeful century
of the human race. You have a story to tell!
Leave your mark on the
and grant a priceless legacy
to your family.
internationally known writer,
will help you write the Book of Your Life!
How can we grant
our precious time its highest value? One of the ways is by creating
something that will last!
How can we leave something for our children and grandchildren, and
even for our great, great, great grandchildren whom we shall never
meet? We can write. We can preserve our lives. Lisa-Catherine believes
it is you, the elders, who hold the wisdom this world and the future
so desperately needs.
As a writer herself,
Lisa-Catherine will tell you that writing, expressing oneself in
is a way to leave your mark on the world and grant a priceless legacy
to your family. (This way, you can actually speak at your newborn
• grants new clarity, sheds new light on who you are and on
everything you’ve experienced.
• gives expression to what is inside you, which is both a big
relief and totally empowering.
• can heal; the mere act of writing, expressing the content
of the written work to oneself, and sharing the product with others
are all healing.
• is like finding all the puzzle pieces you thought you’d
lost and placing them into the big picture.
• is really fun—nothing like schoolwork!—often profound,
and always rewarding.
• is different from delivering an oral history on video (which
does have its merits) because it delves deeper. You can multiply the
benefits by working with a trained professional by yourself or in
a group setting!
A 14-week course
that will help you write your memoirs,
The Birren Method
every other culture venerates its elders listens to its elders and
reveres them in a way that ours, at our loss, does not.” —
I used to listen with that veneration to my grandmother, Bessie.
Our conversations were so precious to me and now I am deeply grateful
that I have her diaries to read and reread. I truly cherish them.
I have learned things from them that I don’t think anyone
else could have taught me, because of the bond and the respect we
shared. From her written legacy and from her life, I have learned
the stories of her early years and, for a moment, I can glimpse
a wonderfully slower-paced and more cordial, more romantic time.
I can experience it only through hearing these stories captured
from the past. I am trying to learn from you, my elders, something
you have learned that my generation and the ones after me seem to
have forgotten: what love means.
see, through my baby-boomer’s eyes, that our “golden
years” are another completely new chapter of life, indeed
the richest and the most worthy of examination! This portion of
our lives—an entire second lifetime, in fact, that didn’t
even exist until the latter part of the twentieth century—can
be as dynamic and creative as we want it to be!
have important stories to tell. Your lives span the most dramatic
changes that humanity has ever witnessed in one century! You have
a legacy to leave to your families, to all of us, and to the future.
Though it is wonderful to work on your life stories on your own,
or to sit down in front of a video camera and tell an “oral
history,” something else, something most profound, happens
when you are working within a group or with a trained professional.
Those circumstances trigger forgotten memories and never-discovered
insights. The process of writing and of sharing stories is empowering,
rewarding, healing. Often, some painful event from your past is
transformed into something you can look back on and laugh about.
If you once thought writing was difficult, working with a professional
transforms the process into fun. Always, writing the story of your
life is like searching for buried treasure... and finding it!
Cohen, a professional writer and biographer, studied with Dr. James
E. Birren, the “Father of Gerontology in North America”
who, thirty ago, coined the phrase, “Guided Autobiography™.”
Lisa-Catherine uses a series of categories and questions that give
her clients a framework within which to organize the otherwise overwhelming
amount of material and experience they have accrued in their lives.
When they add the photographs and memorabilia that go with their
written autobiographies, clients produce records that their descendents
interested in beginning this most worthwhile pursuit, Lisa-Catherine
offers a course in Guided Autobiography™ that meets weekly
for 14 weeks. If participants desire it, the course can become ongoing.
Lisa-Catherine also works with people one-on-one as a “personal
historian” and biographer. Scroll on, enjoy this Web site,
and read more about and by Lisa-Catherine. She’s a dynamic
personality and an entertaining speaker. And she’s passionate
in her beliefs about Guided Autobiography™. When Lisa-Catherine
gives a talk or facilitates a group, the result is intriguing, profound,
inspirational, motivational, and funny. Try one and see for yourself!
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