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STARTING THE CONVERSATION: THE THANKSGIVING EDITION

Ah yes, the holiday season is here. We gather together to share food, fun, and… awkward conversation?! Even in the best of circumstances, it can be a challenge to navigate topics of conversation at a family dinner. Is it o.k. to ask about your little cousin’s job search? Do you want to hear about your baby nephew’s sleep schedule? Are …

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STORYTELLING: JESS & BRENDAN

Brendan hired 11stories to do a Love Story as an anniversary gift for Jess.  Simple enough, but the catch was that the whole project was a surprise for Jess! The challenge:  conduct a 2 hour couple interview with Brendan and Jess while keeping the project a surprise for Jess.  This project included the couple interview as well as interviews with …

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BOOK STORIES: THE DESIGN

Welcome to Anatomy of a Personal History Book. From our conversations to record your stories to the end result of you holding a beautiful custom book in your hands, how does it all happen? Let’s find out! Being a Personal Historian allows me to use my academic research experience and analytic training (during the interview process and the story structure) …

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STORYTELLING: LEO PORTER

Leo’s children wanted to do something special to celebrate Leo’s upcoming 75th birthday, so they gave their father a gift certificate for a Life Story.  As Leo’s son explained, “my dad has given us so much, and honoring his experiences is just a small way that we can give back to him.” We agreed to focus the project on the …

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BOOK STORIES: THE STORY

Welcome to Anatomy of a Personal History Book. From our conversations to record your stories to the end result of you holding a beautiful custom book in your hands, how does it all happen? Let’s find out! Soon after we finish our Interview Sessions, I will listen to the recordings and carefully transcribe your stories. Once I have a complete …

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BOOK STORIES: THE INTERVIEW

Welcome to Anatomy of a Personal History Book – a new installment of Book Stories, where we explore the process of creating an 11stories Life Story or Love Story book. From our conversations to record your stories to the end result of you holding a beautiful custom book in your hands, how does it all happen? Let’s find out! Each …

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11STORIES ANNUAL SALE & CELEBRATION

Each year, in honor of my father, the original storyteller in my life, 11stories gives a 20% discount on all packages booked during his birthday month of June.* This sale includes the 11stories Wedding Book, Life Stories and Love Stories.  If you’ve been thinking about giving one of these as a gift, now’s the time! 11stories was started in large …

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STORYTELLING: LILLIA & JORDAN

Jordan: “I know I’m not supposed to say this, but I’m totally in love with you…” Lillia and Jordan’s interview was two hours of sheer fun! the two of them sat snuggled together on their couch on a rainy saturday afternoon, holding hands the whole time, sharing their whirlwind love story. they met in colorado on vacation – a one …

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PERSONAL HISTORY AWARENESS MONTH: DEBUNKING THE MYTHS

This is the third in a three part series, in celebration of Personal History Awareness month. Throughout this month, I’ve talked about the importance of recording life stories before it’s too late, and how to start the process of recording those stories with your loved ones. Now, let’s get real – here are a few of the misconceptions around personal …

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PERSONAL HISTORY AWARENESS MONTH: STARTING THE CONVERSATION

This is the second in a three part series, in celebration of Personal History Awareness month. Last week I wrote about the importance of capturing stories before it’s too late. I encouraged everyone to start having conversations with loved ones. For some, a service like 11stories will be the perfect way to capture and record those precious stories. For others, …

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PERSONAL HISTORY AWARENESS MONTH: RAISING AWARENESS

This is the first in a three part series, in celebration of Personal History Awareness month. Each time I talk with someone about my work, I inevitably hear some version of the same response, “oh, I wish I had known about 11stories last year, before we lost my mom. She had such a wonderful story…” And each time I hear …

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FEATURED: LOVE/MAKE

Please join 11stories on Sunday April 27 at love/make. Our friends at The Bold Italic have put together an extraordinary group of talented wedding professionals (including 11stories!), and it is sure to be a fabulous event. Come explore the best of what the Bay Area has to offer! I can’t wait to meet you all and hear your stories!

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STORYTELLING: CAROL & MAURICE

11STORIES:  If you could change anything about each other, what would you change? MAURICE:  I’d make her 30 again! CAROL:  (laughs) Oh my god! carol and maurice are truly high school sweethearts. they met when she was 14, he was 15, at a local dance in their small town in upstate new york. maurice cut in on carol’s dance partner, …

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BOOK STORIES: THE PROUST “BOOK” QUESTIONNAIRE

every once in a while, you find two of your favorite things come together to create something better, like bacon and chocolate. and then once in a blue moon, you get three of your favorite things. this is that moment for me – books, design, and interviews, all rolled into one fabulous project: The Proust Questionnaire Book Edition. the folks …

STORYTELLING: THEA & EDITH

This sweet little video tells us so much – about the meaning of love, the importance of recording your story, and the power of sharing that story. may we all enjoy a long life of love and happiness and the chance to share our story with the world.