The stories that we tell are the stories that become our legacy, but when we have so many, how do we make sense of them all and find a coherent theme? Author Laura Flynn shares moments from her memoir SWALLOW THE OCEAN and provides suggestions on how to organize the family narrative to find the common thread. Family stories are almost always about inheritance, says Laura, and Steph certainly finds this out when daughter Emma interviews her grandpa Gary. Steph notes that genetically, she is barely Swedish. Why then, does the family still eat lutefisk for Christmas Eve? The Swedish grandfathers were the storytellers, thus shaping the family traditions. Who tells the stories matters. Find out how you can preserve yours.

Next week on Voices in the Valley, our “How to Capture Your Family Stories and Preserve Your Family Legacy” series continues as Steph interviews Mark Jensen from Images of the Past on how to preserve your family photos and discusses with Holly Corbid from Capture Your Photos on how to organize images into a meaningful narrative. Then, in the second half of the show, Gloria and Onno VanDemmeltraadt share their memoir DARKNESS IN PARADISE with student host Rebecca. Voices in the Valley can be heard every Saturday morning at 10:00 on KLBB 1220 AM.

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