The most important Harvest of Life is brought in by Archiving and Staging,
refined by creative Development and distributed by selective, personal Sharing. Here's how.

We've spent our lives saving things . . . in little bits and pieces . . . in photos, slides and movies, in collections of music and other things, in organized (and more often in random) bits of personal memorabilia we've saved in often logical (and often in less than logical) locations. Not always as tidy and waiting for harvest as bales in the field.

We've squirreled away photos in shoeboxes, matchooks in drawers, diplomas and certificates in some places, and collections of physical memorabilia in others often extending to boxes in the attic, basement, and garage, perhaps even to a long-term storage locker.

We've tucked these things away for good reason, we always knew although many of us had no idea what the "real" reason was. Here's the reason: It's our own personal Harvest of Life!

Relax the notion that you have to tell it all at once in one life story. You really don't! First, because the real composite of life is a whole series of different, smaller stories, like beads on a bracelet, or like bales in the field.

You can tell a few of your very best or most important stories (and you know what they are) without a "Grand Plan." Then when you've strung a few beads, you'll see the composite emerge.

So much of both the fun and value of storytelling is seeing where your stories might take you! If you don't know the destination right up front, you aren't alone. But start. With any luck, your direction will start to clarify.

Storytelling involves: 1) Staging; 2) Development; and 3) Sharing.

Bringing in the Harvest involves more than just the gathering, though gathering is a start. 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.

Step one is Personal Archiving and Staging. Click the
button above to learn more about Storytelling's first step.

Step two is the actual process of story development involving the selection, ordering and refinement of your story possibilities by working with text, photos, sounds, movies, memorabilia, and (where possible) more. Story planning and timelining head the development list.

Step two is Story Development. Click the
button above to learn more about Storytelling's second step.

Step three is the actual act of SHARING the stories you've developed. In this step, you'll consider the actual formats to use (both printed and electronic), depending on the habits and preferences of the family and friends with whom you'll want to share.
Step three is sharing. Click the
button above to learn more about Storytelling's final sharing step.

For a review of some typical project scenarios and costs, click above.

If you have questions, call 805/963-7836 or Click Here.

This is by far the hardest thing to do.

Life is a dauntingly complex subject and we all need ways to simplify and understand the task. Even though it's highly creative (and fun!) sometimes we're looking for the right place to start. If you're looking to simplify this process Click Here for Personal Archiving and Staging!

If your intention is to start and you understand the steps (above) but you're looking for a deeper understanding of the development process Click Here for Story Development!

If you want to start by considering sharing alternatives Click Here for Sharing Strategies!

In a Eulogy of life (for instance, 10/2/42 6/8/04) the dash represents what we did between the dates of our first and last breaths on earth.

The content there is always (always) MUCH deeper than the little dash would seem to indicate . . . and this content of life (the most important part) deserves to be remembered.

For more on the Dash Click Here!

Finally, here's an audio note. Turn your speakers on & click the radio.

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