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15
Mar

My Dad Being a Hipster Before Being a Hipster Was Even a Trend

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Just look at my dad being all hipster before it was even a thing. Pretty sure he doesn’t have skinny jeans on though. . My dad never had a mustache or beard normally, but he grew it out special for our town’s 100th anniversary. They were going to have an ‘old settler’s beard & mustache […]

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14
Mar

The Woman Who Inspired me and Forever Changed the Course of my Life and Career

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Meet my grandmother, Ada Sawyer Cooper. She graduated from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in 1922, with a degree in what was the precursor to Fashion Design. . She bought me my first sewing machine. She taught me how to draft patterns. She told me always trust your eye, never a ruler, because there’s not one single […]

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13
Mar

My Mod Mother, Pictured in the Hawaiian Islands in the early 1970s

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My beautiful mother turned 86 this month, so I knew I had to share this glam photo of her, in Hawaii in the early 1970s. She had traveled to the islands to meet up with my dad, who was deployed in Vietnam. As she says, he needed some R&R. . This photo captures the era […]

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07
Mar

An Engagement Photo of my Parents Reveals Natural Beauty and an Enduring Family Legacy

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This was my parent’s engagement photo, circa 1976 in Southern Illinois. I love this shot because it is a natural pose in a natural setting. It’s not overdone or forced, like some photography today. No photoshop, no frills, just natural beauty. . Plus, it captures both of them so perfectly and they look so happy […]

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01
Mar

What I Discovered When I Cracked Open an Old Suitcase in my Family Home

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This photo was in an old suitcase in my parents house. Both of my parents and many of their family members are gone. As I cleared out my parents’ home, I was able to save this striking photograph. . This picture was taken around 1920 in Scotland. My great grandfather Murdoch MacMillan is pictured cutting […]

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26
Feb

Snapshots of a First Generation American Family

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This photo is of my parents feeding my sister at her christening in 1994. The first time I saw it I almost died laughing. It’s the perfect combination of cute and funny. . Fun fact, I come from an Armenian family and it used to be really common to have a lot of people gather […]

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19
Feb

Meet My Parents, the High School Sweethearts Who Became My Role Models

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I had never seen this photo of my parents until my mom shared it. My mom and dad met at my mom’s 15th birthday party, when my dad showed up with his cousin who was invited as a guest. Naturally, he brought his guitar along…because what better way was there to pick up chicks in […]

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15
Feb

My Father’s Gift of Photography Transcended Time and Place

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I recently found a negative of this beautiful photo that my father took. It’s my mother and my two older brothers in the suburbs of the Jersey Shore. I love discovering photos of my family I have never seen before. These images, and the memories they evoke, are such gifts. I now have all of […]

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10
Feb

A Musical Family Legacy that Began with my Great Great Grandmother Eve

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This is my great great grandmother Eve (pronounced Eva) Winberg Creagh. Last night I played with the Orchestra At Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. At one point they invited us to stand if we had a family member who is serving or who has served in the choir. I got to stand because […]

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08
Feb

My Dad Demonstrated His Sensitivity When He Took Photos of our Family

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Mom, Brothers, Kentucky, circa 1958. My Mom was 29 years old when this photo was made. There are three kids in the photo; two more would appear in the 1960s. I am hidden behind my mother’s red scarf. My father took this picture. He was a WWII Navy veteran. Although I’m the one who became […]

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