A Ministry of Happiness

Karen was never ordained a minister, but as it turns out formalities are unnecessary for a successful ministry of happiness. Within moments of meeting Karen you’re sharing laughter. This was my experience when interviewing her — to the point I grew concerned whether we’d be able to document anything serious, challenging, or remotely negative in nature.

Before They Move

“Before they move” jumped into my conscious thought multiples times today. Picking up on subtlety and exploring that path often make StoryKeeping productions great. Little kernels lead to stockpiled, illuminating truth. This morning two separate people sparked my brain and inspired this post. 

It Begins with Listening

I started StoryKeeping in 2009 with the belief I wasn’t the only grandchild who loved their grandparents and wanted to retain their stories. I began with a single digital voice recorder in 2009 by focusing solely on audio productions.

StoryKeeping is for the descendants, I think.

Older generations typically don’t like the idea of talking about themselves. “Oh, nobody wants to hear me talk!” “I didn’t do anything special.” These are things StoryKeeping hears regularly. I let the storyteller know that, while the stories are about them, the reason we’re capturing their legacy has more to do with their descendants.

Legacy StoryKeeping Productions Endure

Over three years ago she called me upset that her father had been diagnosed with stage four leukemia, and she needed me to capture his legacy as soon as possible. Her father was receiving treatment at a local hospital, so I loaded up my gear and captured his life story over the next three afternoons.