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Life Stories (2002)

Only available in Canada, United States

Life Stories opened up the creative process for a group of older people who were willing to turn off the soaps and sit-coms and begin the adventure of writing down their lives. “This workshop gave me permission not to worry about whether the writing was good enough.” said one. “This wasn’t college. It wasn’t ‘should, ought.’ We had the freedom to write whatever we wished.”

They came together twice a month to share with each other the gems they had mined. They took risks. They delighted in their eccentricities. They became, as another one put it, “a beloved community.” We come to know and love these ordinary people who become elder guides for us. With honesty and poignancy, they model the art of accepting the past so that life in the present can be free of regret and open to affirmation.

Dr. Thomas R. Cole, who has worked extensively with life-story writing, explains it this way: "I have seen that the deep mutual experience of storytelling and listening can be a profound process of healing, leaving both the listener and the teller changed forever. Disciplined life-story writing contains the seeds of wisdom; the possibility of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, of seeing one’s flawed and vulnerable life as a unique precious gift."

John Ankele, Anne Macksoud

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lharcrick, posted on April 11, 2012

This film touched me deeply just in the hearing of each person's own style of writing and how they each evolved through doing this experience with each other. Since I am myself a senior citizen now I wish I could be a part of a group like this that Thomas Cole had gotten together to make this film. It was so beautiful and inspiring to see. I wish more people would watch and enjoy this film as I did. Thank you all for providing this here for other members to watch with all my deepest appreciation. Lynne

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