Who we are and why we help with memoirs

Extraordinary Lives is a family-owned company, created to provide help with memoirs that celebrate today and preserve cherished life stories for tomorrow.

KEYWORD_#I operate this business as my full-time career. I'm one of the lucky ones in this world...doing work that is meaningful and joy-filled. My passion for personal histories comes from my own family, especially my father and my daughters.

Thanks to my father, I have a huge and incredibly dispersed extended family. Despite their distance from one another, my aunts, uncles and cousins have kept in close contact, holding regular reunions. Each one that I have attended has given me more clarity about my ancestors' hardships and joys, thanks to the many stories that are shared. Since Dad passed away in 2005, I treasure these nuggets of history as if they were gold. Truth-be-told, they are gold.

Three incredible teachers have blessed my life in the past twenty three years; my daughters, Allyson, Katelyn and Becky have, each in their unique fashion, taught me the importance of tradition, shared memories and stories. KEYWORD_#

Prior to forming Extraordinary Lives, I spent over 20 years in the survey research industry. What I enjoyed most about my work was the fundamental nature of research-a relentless focus on learning about people and how they think and act. It was great training for providing help with memoirs.

My husband Lynn brings his own history and stories into our world; we married in 2000 and have enjoyed melding our two families and lives into one. We are good complements; he is an outgoing people-person with a great eye for art and photography. I'm more a bookworm and technology-freak by nature, who loves conversation in a relaxed, one-on-one setting.

Along with providing help with memoirs, our passions include hiking, camping, travel and time with our family. I am an avid reader and Lynn enjoys home improvement projects. I am also a past board member of the Association of Personal Historians, and currently manage the APH's online store.

Together, we are happy to be right here, ready to provide help with your memoir book, video, recording or memory book.

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