Went to a training session last night on the Tapestries program, writing life stories for elderly people in a nursing home. The writing doesn’t worry me too much, but the interviews are daunting. As practice, we have to interview one of the other volunteers, preferably one we don’t know well, and write up a story for review next session. I’ve never done a face to face interview before. We’re meeting next week for coffee and life stories.

The interviews with the "elders" eventually get turned into a book they can give their families, printed and bound with pictures scanned in and a big font. We have a long list of interview questions as starters. Elizabeth Vega, the writer giving the training, is a good teacher, easy to listen to and encouraging ("it doesn’t have to be perfect!"). There may not be people ready to interview straight away, but I’ll give it a try for one person. After that, who knows?


  1. I think that is a fascinating idea. I’d love to do something like that; I wonder if there’s anything ’round here like that? Hmmm. Food for thought.

    Love your first spinning on your new wheel…..

  2. Hiya! I just saw your “Syndicate this site using RSS” link, and thought, “good idea, I’ll do that!”. =:o}

    Then I realised you’ve already got an RSS feed through LiveJournal, as “quantumtea”. =:o>

    Then I realised I already have quantumtea on my flist, but haven’t ever seen any entries show up there. =:oO

    Then I realised it isn’t working… =:o{

    It says, “Last checked: 2006-08-21 13:08:26 (Parse error)

    Error Message: RSS parser error: mismatched tag at line 87, column 3, byte 6777 ”

    (See here: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/quantumtea/profile )

    Thought you’d like to know.

  3. OK,

    1: Syndication to LJ is now fixed. Yay! =:o}

    2: The above sounds fascinating, and scary! I found it nerve-wracking enough interviewing people face-to-face for radio, but if you add to that the responsibility of having to flesh out someone’s words for them and make them come to life on paper… =8oO

    Still, you haven’t lived until you’ve sat trembling face-to-face with a celebrity who’s just developed a sly twinkle in their eye and dropped you a heavy hint that “there’s a story there, but I’m not telling you!”

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