Momasphere’s very own co-founder Ellen Bari was featured in the Huffington Post, as a guest blogger for one of our favorite online destinations, Meredith Lopez’s regular column Mothering for your Amusement and Entertainment. If you are not already familiar with Meredith’s blog, you will definitely want to check it out! Enjoy the following and feel free to leave comments here or on the Huffington Post.
"My ex-husband recently gave me an old answering machine with 19 saved mystery voicemail messages. I turned the machine on, and was not only surprised, but also thrilled, to hear snippets of my own daughter's voice-almost ten years' worth. It was like listening to her grow up in the space of five minutes. The moments and days fly by and while we think we won't forget, inevitably we do. I started thinking about preserving family artifacts and stories and about how mothers are often uniquely positioned to record three levels of family history: our parents', our own, and our children's.
At the moment, personal memoirs, family histories and genealogy are all the rage. Perhaps this new obsession reflects our increased longevity or the precarious nature of our 21st century lives. Or maybe it's because the tools for recording family histories have become so ubiquitous. Just this month two programs on national TV hit the airwaves. NBC's, Who Do You Think You Are? and the PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. both explore the family histories of famous or renowned Americans, albeit with science and research tools not readily available to most of us. On the PBS website, ordinary folks are invited to share and upload their own not-so-ordinary stories." Click here to read complete article on Huffington Post.