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What family stories remain untold?

Just finished an interview for a future Sunday story. The mother and daughter are working together to write a book about a family tragedy in 1958. The mother is 89 and a key person to remembering important details. The interview reminded me of the importance of mining stories out of our elders before it's too late. My four uncles all saw action in World War II. My Uncle Armand even invited me to a reunion of his battleship. I declined, because I was in my 30s, busy with other things and figured there would be other opportunities later.

Nope. Never got to the reunion. And Uncle Armand has passed on, as have my other three uncles who served.

What family stories do you wish to record — before it's too late?

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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