We Trekked Across Cuba for Charity – A Mini-Memoir

By Jacqueline Jeynes
Jackie and her daughter-in-law
Margy Kennedy cross
the finish line in Cuba.


“How would you like to do something for charity?” I asked my daughter-in-law Margy one day. 

“Yes, why not?”

“Great. I've just signed us up for a charity challenge trek across Cuba.”

The charity is MIND in England and Wales. It provides advice and support, and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness, and promote understanding.

It is a few years since we got back from our trek in Cuba, but it seems like a lifetime away from the Caribbean sun, sea, and sand now that travel is restricted globally.

It was a well-organized trip with spectacular scenery and friendly locals who took great care

Our Vision Is a City Where No One Sleeps Outside: A Mini-Memoir

By Linda Brown


Linda and David  Brown
at Eden Village
Psalm 107:4–7 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry. And thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.

In 2010, David and I moved to downtown Springfield, Missouri. We became very concerned when we saw homeless people wander the streets. With a small group of friends, we opened a place where we could offer coffee and doughnuts and get to know them, find out their story and build relationships. We called it The Gathering Tree because God is the roots, and the trunk and the branches are us and our friends, who are crooked, leafless and knobby, but together we make a beautiful tree.

No Money, Only Our Vision
We maintained TGT for about nine years, having to move from place to place because we were not welcomed, but we persevered, even doing street outreach until we finally found a permanent place. We had a drop-in-center for our homeless friends five nights a week where we

A Boy's Wilderness Adventure: A Mini-Memoir

By Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen
In 1996, seven of my closest friends and I, along with two Boy Scout leaders, set out on the journey of a lifetime. One early August morning we packed up our gear and left our families behind to spend ten days backpacking through the southern Rocky Mountains at the Philmont Scout Ranch in northeastern New Mexico. Over our ten-day journey, we hiked over ninety miles through a

How We Wrote Our Sloan Family History: A Mini-Memoir

Phillip and Eve Jones
By Phillip Barron Jones

Blog publisher's disclosure: Phillip Jones is a distant cousin of my wife Eryleene whose mother was a Sloan. See the library article below. WEG

In 2007 my wife and I published Sloan and Related Families: Descendants of George Thomas Sloan (1756-1836) of County Cork, Ireland, and Spartanburg and Laurens Counties, South Carolina. It was a culmination of thirty-five years of research. Our purpose was two-fold. First, we wanted to share with family and other researchers the results of our work in collecting photographs and family

History of Sloan and Related Families Gifted to Libraries in Springfield, Missouri

The Rev. E.T. Sloan
My wife Eryleene has given a book of her family history to two libraries in Springfield, Missouri. The book traces her family to County Cork, Ireland more than 260 years ago. 

The book begins with George Thomas Sloan, her great-great-grandfather, telling of his service in the American Navy during the American Revolutionary War. Sloan and Related Families, Descendants of George Thomas Sloan (1756-1836) of County Cork, Ireland, and Spartanburg and Laurens

Should You Hire a Ghostwriter for Your Memoir?

Courtesy Spiritual Memoirs 101
Have you been putting off writing your memoir? Worrying about how to start or finish? Staring at a blank piece of paper or computer screen? Questioning your skills in grammar, spelling, punctuation?

You can put an end to all that when you hire a ghostwriter to help write your memoir. The job will get done. A ghostwriter will walk you through every step of your memoir, asking key questions to tell your story. And, that's the key. It's your story, told in your voice, with the aid of a professional who understands good storytelling and the mechanics of manuscript preparation.

I invite you to read my guest post on ghostwriting at Linda Thomas's blog, Spiritual Memoirs 101. Questions I answer include:

Write Your Memoir or Life Story Using My 12 Easy Tips

My brother Jack and his hot rod
Excerpted and updated from my book, A Guide to Writing Your Memoir or Life Story: Tools, Tips, Methods and Examples.

I posted my 12 tips at LinkedIn including photos of my older brother and his hot rod car, ca. 1950s; portraits of my wife's family pre-1900s and of my family in the mid-1940s; my female cousin in a bathing suit (it's okay, she is with her parents and brother who also are in bathing suits); and my Boy Scout troop in the early 1950s in front of a Ford and Studebaker of similar vintage.

Whether you want to write for personal healing, share childhood adventures or exciting travels, leave a family legacy, inspire, persuade, empower, or teach, my book shows you how in straightforward and lighthearted style.

Let me know what you think of the tips and old photos. Have fun!