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Nancy Fazendin Tsuchiya's life-long passion has been to listen to the stories and experiences of others, and to collect them as precious gifts to share with whomever hungered for this basic soul sustenance. Nancy has been teacher of, and ghost writer for, memoir writing since the early 1990s and she, in the process, has learned a thing or two. This book is a simple, easy to understand, guide into finding your voice, your memories, and your greatness. Nancy grew up during a cultural shift where suddenly there were no more aunties and grandparents around to answer questions, teach basic skills, or dispense common sense. Society had just tipped from a village and family centered cosmos to a predominantly corporate galaxy . . . and kicked the tempo up a notch. Born the third child of five imaginative, active children, her birth slot included the early necessity (and gift) of being highly sensitive to others' well-being (for her own survival). She learned by observation and instructional stories and grew up under stern "rules" dictated by parents, school, and church. When larger family gatherings were possible, Nancy relished the stories swapped by those 'relative' strangers; her father's five siblings and their spouses. Even more wonderful were the stories her grandmother, Gumma, would tell of the olden days; the days when people got around on horseback, and died regularly of terrible epidemics, and were always doing heroic or dastardly deeds. The entire family, her parents, her grandparents, and the gang of aunts and uncles were gifted story tellers. They swapped tall tales, argued hotly over details, and laughed a lot. Gumma would even burst into song or tears in the telling of her stories. Nancy absorbed it all like a sponge, along with the other older grandchildren. Today we have social media for sharing with extended family, but we don't always have time, or coinciding time slots, for the rich sharing of rambling trains of remembrances. The love, courage, insights and experience of our elders are in danger of being lost due to this cultural shift. Nancy's education includes a BA from the University of Minnesota with a double major of Journalism and Sociology, a minor in Photojournalism, and 69 years of being human.

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