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New Year. New Website: YourBiography2.com

Illustration by: suriko

Illustration by: suriko

Dear Followers,

I’m still blogging, but I’m doing it on my new website, YourBiography2.com.

I still believe change is a constant, both stimulating and rewarding, if sometimes disruptive. We go on vacation for a change of pace and travel to faraway destinations for a change of scenery. We change jobs to broaden our experience and change places to get a better view. We change our minds when circumstances warrant it. And then change them back.

I’m still interested in history, her story, and true stories, considering the quirky, crazy things we once did compared to the quirky, crazy way we live today. But now I encourage you to write them down.

More than ever I believe our stories make us who we are. As a personal historian, I offer a range of services to help you write your life or family history. On my website, I recommend techniques for you to get started on your own. I search out popular memoirs from yesteryear and today, and I quote famous authors on reading, writing, and remembering.

“What is past is prologue,” said William Shakespeare, and it’s worth exploring. Please join me on the journey on YourBiography2.com.

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Change is Such Hard Work.

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The theme of this website is “the more things change…” I thought I’d return to my roots by sharing some thoughts on “change.”  This is not the kind of change you carry around in your pocket, but real, honest-to-goodness change, the type of change at which you have to work.

From poets, presidents, jokesters, songsters, hipsters, fashionistas, and others:

I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed.

—  George Carlin

Change is such hard work.

—  Billy Crystal

Fashion changes, but style endures.

—  Coco Chanel

Change. Not always a pretty sight. In fact, it could get pretty ugly.

—  The Narrator, The Wonder Years

If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?

—  W. Somerset Maugham

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

—  George Bernard Shaw

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

—  Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

We are the change we have been waiting for.

—  Barack Obama

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.

—  Woodrow Wilson

This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.

—  Taylor Swift

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

—  Charles Darwin

One day spent with someone you love can change everything.

—  Mitch Albom, For One More Day

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Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.

You’ll wish that summer could always be here.

–       Nat King Cole

But seasons change.

Photo by: Susan Marg

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There’s No Getting Around It

It must be true:  the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Everyone says so.

Rock on! Photo by: all that improbable blue.

The feeling might be sentimental or cynical.  It can refer to private pleasures or shared sorrows.  Poets make it rhyme, and songsters put it to music, whether it’s pure country or full throttle rock ‘n roll.

“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss. It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime. Sweet summertime.  The more things change, the more they stay the same,” Kenny Chesney sings of summers past and present.

“Now I hear all about your running around. Man, you’re a legend all over town. The more things change, the more they remain the same,” Mary Chapin Carpenter criticizes a cheating ex.

On their album Strange Times, Moody Blues recites, “Nothing changes, and nothing stays the same. And life is still a simple game.”

But to the glam heavy metal band Cinderella, life is anything but a game. “You gotta go for the throat. 
You gotta fight for your life.

 The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Everyone’s your brother till you turn the other way.”

Bon Jovi observes, “The same sunrise, it’s just another day.  If you hang in long enough they say you’re comin’ back.  Just take a look, we’re living proof and, baby, that’s a fact.  You know the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

“You know what I’m talking about,” Jon Bon Jovi shouts in concert in the middle of his song, “Right?” Right!

© 2012 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved

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Like a fine wine, baby.  See Jon Bon Jovi rock it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlfwVyaFEyc

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When you’re a kid, it’s simple. Christmas is magic. It’s a time of miracles, when reindeer can fly and Frosty never melts. Then you get older. Somehow, things change. The magic begins to fade. Until something happens that reminds you, at Christmas time… miracles still can be found. Sometimes in the most unexpected places.

— The Narrator, The Wonder Years, 1988-1993

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Welcome to “The More Things Change…”

Change is a constant, both stimulating and rewarding, if sometimes disruptive.  We go on vacation for a change of pace and travel to faraway destinations for a change of scenery.  We change jobs to broaden our experience and change places to get a better view.  We change our minds when circumstances warrant it.  And then change them back.

On this website I will look at history, her story, true stories and fiction, considering the quirky, crazy things we once said and did compared to the quirky, crazy way we live today.  I’ll comment on gossip, too, what we talked about way back when and who captivates us currently.  We might find out that the more things change the more they remain the same.

As you can tell, I’m just getting started, but I’ll be adding posts, photos, quips and quotes often.  Drop me a line.

 

© 2011 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved