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Friday, February 27, 2015

One Place to Store All Your Family Memories

I was talking with a friend the other day about what LifeBio does, and she said, "Do you mean that I can start a memory book for my 9-year-old son now and keep adding to it until he turns 18 and give him the book for graduation?"  I said, "Yes, that's right. We know you want to tell the story of your son and capture the fun time and funny things that are said and done through the years...along with photos and videos."

She said, "It's not like photo book software because I can say whatever I want to say about something---I don't have to fit my thoughts into a really limited caption under the picture, right?"  I said, "Yes, that's right.  You can save thousands of pictures inside LifeBio too and even use LifeBio's app to video record and save those videos inside too!"

She said, "And is it true I can create a memory book for my son, but I am also able to interview my aunt and help her create a LifeBio too?"  Once again, I said, "Yes, that's right. You can create multiple biographies, or short life stories (veteran's story, travel story, baby story, remember a loved one, etc.) inside your LifeBio account." 

By the end of our conversation, it was clear that LifeBio was the ONE place that she could store all of her family memories.  LifeBio is that place for YOU too.  We'd love to have you visit and check out all the possibilities! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Loneliness is the new smoking -- Beth Sanders,_new_study_says

"A recent scientific review, involving more than 300,000 people across several previous studies, has revealed that inadequate social networking and frequent isolation can have negative effects on a person's health equal to that caused by smoking and alcohol abuse. It was found that those who experience sufficient social interactions were 50 per cent more likely to be alive when re-examined eight years later than those who were more socially isolated.

The scientists on the project ranked having low-quality relationships with friends and family as equivalent to frequent substance abuse (that is to say, 15 cigarettes a day or heavy alcohol consumption) but worse for a person's health than not participating in exercise and being obese."

"Loneliness is the new smoking." --Beth Sanders, Founder of CEO

Sunday, January 18, 2015

LifeBio Question of the Month for January 2015: Describe your childhood home, inside and outside.

Here's my answer to this LifeBio question--I hope you enjoy answering it too.  There are plenty more where this one comes from--just visit and get started.  You'll be surprised where your memories go as you open your mind and begin remembering.

I most fondly remember a gray house we lived in on a quiet street in Erie, PA.  It's funny that I remember that the trim on the windows had been painted a light peach color which always bothered me as I thought it should be white trim.  Other than that, I liked this big, old, two-story house. 

It had a wonderful sun porch, and I remember my parents putting an old mattress in there that we just jumped on all winter long as we listened to the Smothers Brothers and South Pacific records.
This is how the house looks today (and our family doesn't live there anymore). 
The gray house on the left.  The sunporch is now enclosed.

They let me help pick out the carpet in that house, and, in about 1975, I picked out a green and yellow shaggy carpet that I thought was just wonderful.  Looking back, I should ask my mom if she liked it as much as I did. The house had those old big, black floor registered which blew out a lot of hot air, and I recall sitting on the register as my dad got ready for work, early in the morning. Warm and comfortable, and the smell and sound of my mother making breakfast was just around the corner.  We were one of the first families I knew to get a microwave oven---and I remember sleeping on the kitchen floor with the flu (waking up occasionally) as my father created a new cupboard for the microwave to fit into our kitchen.  There was a good sized dining room where our big family gathered, and later I helped my dad knock out the dining room wall to install a sliding glass door.  The next step was for us to build a deck, and we used wood from an old factory on 12th Street to build that deck.  I worked out back with my sister one summer to remove all the old nails from just piles and piles of 2 x 6 boards.  The deck was amazing when we got it done, and part of it was built underneath the most perfect, transparent apple tree ever created.  I loved that backyard tree, and I spent hours climbing up it, reading in it, eating from it, and swinging on it. We had a gentle hill through our backyard, and my little purple Schwinn bike with the banana seat could really get rolling down that hill before I reached our neighbors driveway.  Those were the days! 

Start recording your most priceless memories at  We make it easy and fun to share family stories!

Friday, December 26, 2014

How to write my biography in 2015 or beyond

Here are a few key biography questions to ask yourself as you kick off your biography in 2015. 
They may see fairly simple ways to start, but they will do just that....get you started. 
  • Describe your ______________  (parent, grandparent, favorite uncle, etc.) to someone who has never met him or her? 
  • What is your earliest memory?  (fascinating question....and opens the door to a host of other memories about your childhood)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Video recording my mom and dad using the new App

I will see my mom and dad over the Christmas holiday, and I've got to get some more video of these amazing parents.  I think about all that they have lived through -- their own personal history and just history.  I recall the highs and lows (that I know of) from their lives.  I love being with them and just observing their mannerisms, and it is so great to hear them tell a story. 

As you may know, LifeBio now has a video recording app available in Apple's App store.  If you haven't downloaded this and tried it out yet, it is a PERFECT thing to share at a family gathering this week.  Just put the iPad in your kids hands and say...."Go interview grandma and grandpa!" and then watch what happens.  Seeing other kids recording their grandparents has just shown me that, when you see capturing life stories as just plain fun, it is something that both the children and the grandmas and grandpas will love to do.  Instead of it being a "stuffy" interview, it will be just impromptu and memorable for all time.  

So when I see my mom and dad this week, I will be undoubtedly logging in to the LifeBio video biography app on my iPhone and recording them on the spot.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The most important new year's resolution -- the life story

Of course, I am going to say it. As the founder of LifeBio, I am going to suggest that your New Year's Resolution be that you finally get around to helping that special loved one tell his or her life story. 

Life Stories & Connecting with Your Family is a Great New Year's Resolution

You've wanted it recorded for so long. You know there will be regrets if you don't capture his or her many memories and experiences that are priceless to you. 

So this blog post is just a reminder that this "life story" resolution belongs on your list.  You can't put it off any longer. 

Now, if you are thinking about your own story, it's time to do that as well.  There is no one else like you. "Is it time for me to write my biography?" Yes, it is time.  If you are middle aged, this is a GREAT time to review what's happened so far and then gain new insights from this as you launch into the second half of your life. 

My Biography and Your Biography start here

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tell grandpa's life story and create grandpa's book

I wish I had had the chance to record my grandfather's life story. I can remember just a few things about him now---just a moment here and there.  I remember him taking me to a garden center in his big car (that resembles an Edsel in my memory).  I remember him driving a similar big, old car down the street to tell me that my little brother had been born that morning! We had an exciting day at school telling all our friend about our new little brother. 
Recording grandpa's life story

I remember visiting his barber shop and the sites and smells all around me.  There was a table full of Farmer's Almanacs and other magazines.  There was a wooden board that he put across the big black and white barber chair, and I would climb up there to get my hair cut.  He would always love tickling my neck with one of those soft brushes.

He was an inventor and he took great pride in examining the pinhole camera I made from instructions in the National Geographic World Magazine.  I took his picture with it, and it's a blurry black and white photo, but it's a picture of my grandpa. No doubt about it. 

I have a sweet memory toward the end of his life when we Christmas caroled at his home (and it's so sweet that I don't think I can share it). 

But I wish knew more.  I wish I had asked just a few more questions and could read his exact words to me this day.  Still, my memories of him (and recording them) are important because my grandfather is someone worth knowing. My children need to know Grandpa, and my memories of him will have to do. 

Need to record your family's stories?  Ready to tell grandpa's life story?  

Use the web to capture life stories. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Veterans History Told -- at Home with Family

It was amazing to see my son, David, sitting with his grandpa recently and listening closely as my father recounted his experiences during the Vietnam War.  Dad served in the 4th Infantry Division as a truck driver in 1967 and part of 1968.  He shared about his tent being shot full of holes near Dak To in Kon Tum Province in late 1967, spending hours in a small bunker with 20 other guys, leading a convoy of trucks away from the fighting, blowing up his truck when he and his friend, John, hit a landmine, and enjoying Bob Hope's visit on a hillside one day.  There were some funny experiences and some very scary times shared. 
Veterans History Told to Grandchildren Matters

My son listened closely to his grandfather.  It was fascinating to him to hear this first person account of a war that is barely covered in school.  Years ago, my father didn't want to talk about it, but, as he ages, he has been more willing to share and there are so many lessons to be learned. 

I know my father doesn't see himself as a hero, but we are certainly seeing him as a very brave man who did what he had to do in very tough circumstances.

Perhaps you have a veteran in your life that would like to start sharing his or her story more.  The Veterans Story Guide can be written in a physical journal (questions provided) or veterans history can be created online at . There is a specific "Story" in the online system for gathering veterans' stories without delay or difficulty.  

Call 1-866-LIFEBIO or 937-303-4574 or email if we can be of assistance. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Write My Autobiography

You may be asking?  How can I write my autobiography.  In fact, it can be a matter of just answering a few questions--but it helps if you aren't staring at a blank sheet of paper.  Sometimes, even if you're planning a whole book, it may be just good to start simple with the basics of your life history.  Maybe you're just interested in sharing your life story with your children and grandchildren. 
1. Set a goal for completion. Life is busy and complicated, and you may find yourself putting it off. Set your goal to be an upcoming holiday, or the end of the year. You'll find that a deadline helps keep you motivated.

2. Decide the template you want. There are so many ways you can put your life story together. Decide on a set of questions to use, or just go chronologically. You may want to know more about how LifeBio works.

3. Find a friend you can share the process with. Having a friend or a group of people to complete your life stories with can make the process more enjoyable. It's fun to share what you've written, and to learn about your friend's lives.

4. Look at photo albums. Pictures can be a great way to remember some of your favorite stories. We tend to take pictures of what we love the most. Jot down some memories that come to mind from the photos you look at.

5. Make a list of your favorite memories. You've done so much in your life. It's probably too much to write in one book. Write down your favorite things that you've done. Call some family members and ask them what they'd like to know.

6. Answer a question a day. Making an autobiography can be a daunting task. Just write one answer for the day. When you're done, read over the questions for the next day and take awhile to ponder over it.

7. Do the best you can. Don't let one question trip you up. You can skip over it, or you can avoid it completely if you don't want to talk about it. Just keep going until you complete it. It'll be worth it! has web memberships, an app, and journals that can make this process so much easier. It greatly simplifies making your autobiography, freeing you up to think about your memories! Check it out!   Call 1-866-LIFEBIO or 937-303-4576 or email if we can assist you in any way. 

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Memories Book

Sometimes people are looking for a memories book for their parents or grandparents because someone is reaching old age, or facing a life-threatening illness, or experiencing memory loss or Alzheimer's Disease.   These are all common reasons for wanting to create a book of memories without delay or difficulty. 

I think families are truly worried nowadays that the incredible experiences of the 20th Century and early 21st Century will be lost or forgotten. These are family stories that should be preserved---priceless information way beyond genealogy. These were incredible years of change, and they do, indeed, deserve to be recorded.  For example, in 2014, it is still possible to meet someone in their 90s who grew up farming with horses or rode a horse to school.  Soon, these memories will not be available to us anymore. 

Also, there is such strength to be gained from hearing about people's experiences growing up as small children during the Depression and the Greatest Generation's experiences of World War II, the post-war "Baby Boom" and the rise of industry, computers, modern home conveniences, and the Civil Rights and Women's Rights movements.   It's all incredibly interesting---especially when you are hearing it first hand from a family member.  There are no history books that can duplicate hearing the oral history of a parent or grandparent or other loved one directly. 

Building that biography of a family member or other loved one doesn't have to be so difficult if you use a memory book with prompting questions to get you started.   It's also possible to build an online biography as well---and print a "Legacy Book" later from the answers filled in on the web.  We want to help make that memory book happen so please be in touch if we can help.  

1-866-LIFEBIO or 937-303-4576  or email