The entire art of remembering ...

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Yesterday was busy—my day was scheduled. It was a good day, but I did NOT write for the first time in more than a month. I am however post-dating this post with plans to (hopefully) write something else later today. I think that is my prerogative, since I'm doing so good with my goal (picture me patting myself on the back, ha!)

I will be sharing a snippet of this TED Talk by Joshua Foer in my RootsTech presentation. This is because I LOVE what Joshua reveals about remembering, primarily that when we want to recall something, we've got to "tether" that information to something else in our brain. In the case of stories and especially stories from our own histories, we need to be creative and think of ways to give what we want to remember context or significance in light of EVERYTHING else in and on our minds. We need to give our stories associational hooks so that they can be more easily retrieved or "fished" back out. 

I invite you to have a listen. 
Listen especially for the Baker vs. baker paradox at about 9 minutes and 30 seconds into Joshua's talk.

Many of the ideas that are helping me better remember and share stories from our family history are based in the research that Joshua shares. I'd love to know what you hear and want to remember from what Joshua shares.

Leave me a comment!