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When Descendants Become Ancestors: The Flip Side of Genealogy Paperback – September 5, 2014
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About the Author
Raised in a small tourist village in northern New York, where he has returned in retirement, Dr. Kendall spent thirty years educating professional counselors. His life experiences amid studies in history, genealogy, and gerontology, coupled with his belief in the innate wisdom of every individual, have inspired this writing.
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The first part of the book explains in a most interesting way that we all have stories that are worth telling, and need to be told not only for the benefit of our descendants, but so that we will all have a better world. Regardless of our viewpoint, we need to express it.
We are responsible for the political mess that we are in because we elected the leaders, and have not held them accountable. He has many comment along the line of this one: "Along with our stubborn obsessions with unproven beliefs has come the issue of political correctness. We have developed amazingly thin skins, and with it we’ve lost our sense of humor and our need for balance.” (Kindle Locations 3936-3938)
The book also has quite a bit of philosophy about life and afterlife.
Part 2 includes sample stories from his life, and excerpts from the one year when an ancestor of his kept a diary. He includes an explanation of why the story is written, various ways it might have been written, and what people might learn from the story. (But don’t be too blatant about the meaning of the story - it is often more valuable to let the reader come to their own conclusions.)
What really makes this book valuable is how clearly he emphasizes the need for us to each write our own stories. At the end of the chapters is a series of questions to help us know how to write those stories that will be so meaningful to someone someday.