Reviewed By: Scott Lancaster
Heirloom Stories is a collaboration of father and son
Jack and Rick Karmen. The website grew out of a book about the elder Karmen's
growing up as the son of Russian emigrants in Brooklyn, New York. When as an
elderly man his health was failing, the younger Karmen learned about
storytelling and elicited life stories from his father. The result was a rich
trove of stories as well as improved health. The site advocates an appreciation
for stories from our elder relatives as healthful, bonding, and toughtful. The
site includes tips for writing one's own stories. It promotes respect and values
as something that is passed down from generation to generation via storytelling.
Rick Karmen is also selling a service. He hawks both his book and his writing
talent as a amanuensis for those who wish to hire him. But even if one does not
purchase either the book or the writing, the website offers some interesting
tips about gathering family history stories and honoring the elderly.