About the Author
As a writer, I’ve always had the dual goal to inform and entertain. Products include plans, manuals, training programs, grant applications, proposal content and other documentation sharing best practices in resilience and risk reduction. These have informed readers on preparedness and resilience. After career military service with the United States Air Force Security Forces, program development work for other federal agencies and private companies followed. Examples of my published work are at https://www.linkedin.com/in/marieshaddenmpa.
More entertaining, hopefully, are my travel reports, reviews, and memoirs. I’m exploring new interests now as an explorer, memoirist, and family historian. Intensely curious, I travel whenever I can, exploring ancestral homelands and inventing new adventures.
About my vision:
Honor your father and your mother…if you do so, you shall have a long, prosperous life in the land I have given you. …Deuteronomy 5:16
Journalists and memoirists are essentially storytellers. In each family, there is someone, the scribe, the troubadour, the wandering minstrel, someone who collects and retells the stories that put flesh on those ancient skeletons and make them come alive again. We answer the ancient cry from the children or the gathered clansmen, “Tell us a story!” Perhaps a certain genetic structure that turns us toward journalism, memoirs, biographies, theater documentary films and more. We’re proving that family history is not simply the cold collection of facts and date but, truly, the exploration and report of our family history. Truth telling honors our ancestors.
And, it’s fun!
Family history serves as proof that nothing is random. Israel Hurtado says that “When things happen, they don’t happen by coincidence. It is the whisper of God that leads and guides.” Biography and memoirs are two most interesting approaches to history, sociology, and even anthropology. The more we wander in the mazes of the activities, journeys, diversions, and conflicts that comprised the lives of our ancestors, the more clearly we see that all things work together. The family is the most direct way to transmit the collective knowledge, values, and ideas to the succeeding generation. We begin to understand who we are and why we do things. Eventually, we will get where we are supposed to go. We can go boldly where no man has gone before with the confidence born of knowing who we are.
Travel, like the study of family history, enhances our understanding of relationships and evolution. Where have we been? Where are we going? Preserving and sharing their stories honors our ancestors. The journey ahead is full of opportunities for practical acts of compassion as we have been instructed to “love one another” and care for each other as family. These acts also honor our parents. We care and report their life stories because, in the end, we are of them and they live still in us. How best to assist seniors to enjoy the fullness of their lives is worthy of exploration and reporting.
And, so it’s challenging.