In this Monday’s Link Roundup I have two favorites and both have to do with those who’ve experienced combat. In One Pilot’s War the letters home of a WWII fighter pilot gives an immediacy and authenticity to the experience of war in the Pacific. Bringing Home Veterans Stories to the Stage looks at an innovative theatrical production that uses oral history to capture the voices of veterans returning home.
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- Two Very Different Approaches to Personal Stories. “What kind of story could you tell about yourself based on the contents of your pocket, backpack, handbag, or wallet? That’s the question that the Pocketology Field Research Unit explores on Stories You Haven’t Heard.”
- Bringing Home Veterans Stories to the Stage. “The transition to the battlefield and back home again is a long and, at times, bumpy road for our war veterans. A new interdisciplinary arts and creativity project at the University of Kentucky brings a voice to these experiences. Through a unique collaboration between UK’s Department of Theatre, Veterans Resource Center and Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the stories of the veterans among the UK campus community will come to life in a new documentary drama “Bringing It Home: Voices of Student Veterans.”
- The Great American Scrapbook Conventions. “Whether you are an experienced scrapper or just want to learn more about preserving family stories, the Great American Scrapbook Conventions are for you. These events inspire and help you document memories for future generations to enjoy. You are guaranteed to leave more energized and knowledgeable than when you arrived!”
- Multimedia Storytelling Reaches Technological Heights. “How do you tell stories with images” and then “how do you drive consumers to view your work” were the two underlying questions of this fast-paced and never boring presentation-style workshop. Storm’s answer is to create complex multimedia projects using the documentary photograph as the root.”
- Lasting Memory. “Oral histories give the terminally ill a chance to record their life stories. When 69-year-old Silvia Marie Clark Linville of Grants Pass found out two weeks ago that she had terminal, fast-spreading cancer, she got a gift from an unexpected source. As he has done for many dying people, Gary Halliburton gave her an hour to talk over the fun, painful and sometimes glorious parts of her life, which he recorded on high-definition digital video, with many copies on DVD for her children and their eventual children, who — not yet being born — will have no memories of their grandmother, but will get to “meet” her through this oral history.”
- Building Credibility: 11 Ways to Show You’re a Professional. “Winning a job in the freelance world often comes down to who is the more credible and more professional candidate. It’s a sad fact, but many freelancers are inconsistent with their customer service and underwhelming with the quality of their work.”
- One Pilot’s War. “Several months ago, the basement at my mother’s house flooded. As we cleaned up after the water receded, we found several boxes that had not been opened in many years. In these boxes were letters sent by my grandfather during World War Two . . . I have recently begun sorting and transcribing these letters so that they can be preserved for my family and for anyone else that my have an interest in how World War Two looked to one American pilot. As I work my way through these letter I will be posting them here along with the many pictures my grandfather took throughout the war.”
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