In keeping with a the tradition to keep holiday posts a bit more personal, I wanted to highlight a non-profit organization you may have heard about.... Story Corps.

Their mission is to provide Americans with an outlet to record and preserve life's precious moments in story fashion. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.

The video that follows is just one of thousands in their archives that I encourage you to visit. Click the enlarge button for the full effect. And if, by chance, it moves you, click on the sidebar link to make a donation.

Danny Perasa and his wife, Annie, came to StoryCorps to recount their twenty-seven-year romance. As they remember their life together from their first date to Danny’s final days with terminal cancer, these remarkable Brooklynites personify the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people when we take the time to listen.”

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

“By listening closely to one another, we can help illuminate the true character of this nation reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be alive."

Dave Isay,
Founder, StoryCorps

Happy Labor Day .....

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