The Harvest of Life can take many forms, depending on the resources involved.
This example is based on a series of Love Letters set against a backdrop of World War II.
Mouse over the images below for more information on each one.

The main resources came unexpectedly when this box was found in the attic (summer of 2009). We knew it included letters from her to him . . . but had NO idea it contained letters from him to her! We've now found 432 letters and telegrams in all . . . tied up with red string! The real irony and significance is in their story.

They found each other five days after Pearl Harbor. A fast spark evolved into a deep love, a fast marriage, and a chase around the country following Army Boot Camp, Officer Training, Combat Training . . . and a marriage cut tragically short . . . as 1LT Johnny Peirson shipped out in October and was killed in the Battle of the Bulge on Christmas Day of 1944.

They had a remarkable love, recorded forever in their three-year window on the war . . .
all in a compelling collection of Letters and Telegrams.

Celebrating the Harvest . . . and sharing it in an easy, intuitive way means planning (and scanning) and organizing, ultimately providing menuized, interactive, pushbutton access to each page of each letter - in a numbered sequence . . . 10 letters at a time.

The actual sharing format is 30% larger and easier to read than these examples,
but clicking any of the envelopes above "delivers" the letters . . .
like Letter #1, below, which is actually a Christmas card.

A rollover of the original (hand-written) letter above instantly delivers the FAR-easier-to-read transcribed version. Small squares (like the "M" square above) navigate to separate "resource" pages on the subject in the square. The "M" square goes to a page on The Mercersburg Academy . . . a prep school in Pennsylvania. See below.

A rollover of the Chapel and picture of Johnny above reveals additional background.

A rollover of the 2-page letter from Betty at Parents' Magazine delivers the transcriptions.

Clicking the Parents' "square" on either page delivers a resource page on Parents' 1940s location on Vanderbilt Avenue in New York City.
The resource page on Parents' uses modern technology (Google Earth) to highlight the magazine's 1940s location on Vanderbilt Avenue in New York City.

Storytelling in any meaningful way involves: 1) Staging; 2) Development; and 3) Sharing.

Bringing in the Harvest involves a simple gathering of resources. Personal Archiving (and the conscious effort to organize what you've saved) is actually Staging, ultimately involving the digitizing of ALL of your important resources. That is, changing ANALOG (physical) formats into DIGITAL ones. Your digital resources can then be more easily organized, further developed, duplicated, and shared.

Below is another letter example from Betty . . .

Mouseover the "original" of any page to instantly see its transcribed version.

Below are three more "resource" pages . . . on subjects referenced in the letters . . .
World War II, New York (in spades) and even a visit to Coney Island.

The blue box with the red string is evolving into an interactive e-book whose title is below.
The letters suggest that these two planned to write collaboratively after the war, but of course they never got the chance. Unless . . . these letters are their best collaboration.

We'll see. Stay tuned.

Click the radio for a little "Apple Tree." The full music --
by the Andrews Sisters -- is available from
When development is completed, the letters will be shared in interactive formats
with lots of sound and video resources, in addition to graphic ones.

Stories can easily be shared on iPods, iPhones, iPads, on TV-ready DVDs, in minibooks, and in traditional hard and soft-bound books. Stories are often shared in multiple formats, with quantities of each matching the preferences of expected audiences.

There are so many ways to celebrate the Harvest . . . but how you tell YOUR story depends on what you want to say, what resources you gather, and how you want to share them with current and future generations.

Your story may be far simpler than the example here, but it can also be as complete and as sentimental and as resource-rich as you want to take the time to make it!

For a review of some typical project scenarios and costs, Click Here.
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