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Have you ever wanted to share the stories of your life with your family but don’t know where to start?  Research has shown that sharing your lifestory can bring an increase in self-esteem, resolve past conflicts and promote successful aging.  The Sharing Our Stories presentation reviews the different lifestory methods of Reminiscence, Life Review, Guided Autobiography, Memoir and Personal History to help you determine how you want to tell your story. The goal of the program is to help people see how sharing stories can help to make sense of the past, gain insight for the future and connect generations.  This informational meeting will be presented by Ellen Luby, a gerontologist, on Monday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m.  Sharing your unique LifeStory can be a wonderful, meaningful and fun experience!

This presentation is free and open to all. For more information, please call the Essex Library.

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NobodyHomeCoverThursday, April 23rd at 7-8 p.mat the Essex Library
Jacqueline Masumian will discuss her book, Nobody Home, a portrait of her troubled mother and their relationship, as well as the art and joys of writing memoir. She will talk about what memoir is, how it is different from other literary forms and why it is important for everyone, not just professional writers, to practice this art form and reap the benefits of doing so.

Masumian, a Connecticut resident, has enjoyed careers as an actress, performing arts manager, and landscape designer, and now writes short stories.