National Day of Listening


I ran across this on Dan Curtis’s blog. Dan is a personal historian who helps people record their lifestories. So what is this all about? This is the first annual National Day of Listening, created and promoted by StoryCorps:

About StoryCorps StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit that has helped more than 40,000 Americans record their stories. As one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, it is our mission to help people honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.

StoryCorps is declaring November 28, 2008 the first annual National Day of Listening.

This holiday season, ask the people around you about their lives — it could be your grandmother, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood. By listening to their stories, you will be telling them that they matter and they won’t ever be forgotten. It may be the most meaningful time you spend this year.

The timing kind of coincides with my trip to that little forgotten cemetery I rode my bike to over the weekend. I wondered about all those people there, and what their lives had been like, and where were their families now? I’ve done a little genealogy work on my own family, but most of the older ones who could really tell me anything are gone now, except for one aunt who gets a bit confused and contradicts herself sometimes.

This might be something for us writerly types to try our hands at. Of course, it’s all in November, with NaNoWriMo. Maybe we can lobby Chris Baty to move NaNo to February?

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