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Legacy Writing

Harvesting the Light: Legacy for the Holidays

Rachael Freed | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

The days are getting shorter, the nights longer and darker. Temperatures are falling, but when our perspective is legacy and we warm our hearts and th...

The Legacy of Community

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

I recently worked with a women's book club. They'd chosen of my three Legacy books, The Legacy Workbook for the Busy Woman. I invited them to read cha...

Legacy: Read, Read, Read

Rachael Freed | Posted 09.06.2014 | Books
Rachael Freed

What better way to share values, to let ourselves be known to the next generation, than by sharing our love of reading?

The Legacy of Water

Rachael Freed | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

So is it possible for us to affect this terrible legacy we're leaving the future? The best way I know is to tap my memories and share stories with my grandchildren hoping they will value water before it's too late.

Loneliness and Legacy

Rachael Freed | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

At a professional meeting I attended recently, we were discussing ways to reduce loneliness experienced by seniors and people living alone. "All the...

The Legacy of Spring Cleaning

Rachael Freed | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Though by the thermometer it may not feel like spring, by the calendar spring has arrived. The ritual of spring cleaning has a long history. I can sti...

The Legacy of Lost Dreams

Rachael Freed | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

When we write our stories to future generations, we are tempted to tell stories of our successes. It's how we want to be seen and remembered, as succe...

Legacies of Migration and Exile

Rachael Freed | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Rachael Freed

Just a day after returning from a legacy writing retreat with a focus on migration and legacy, I found myself in a nail salon listening to a woman sit...

Legacies Through the Decades

Rachael Freed | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Take time to reflect and write about who you are and were, in earlier periods of your life. Divide the time in any way that fits your life and the stages you moved into and out of through your years and because of your unique experiences.

The Legacy of Dreams

Rachael Freed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Why I share this personal dream: at this season, as we move every day toward more dark than light, we have the opportunity to dream more, to reflect on our interior lives, and to pay attention to our dreams.

Legacy Letters and Charitable Giving

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Often we feel overwhelmed and defeated by the size and numbers of needs and requests. Rather than throw up our hands in despair, we must do what we can and then a bit more.

Legacy: Learning to Let Go

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Summer naturally and gently lets go to autumn's gradual birth. Days are shorter, nights are cooler, farmers and squirrels harvest, trees dress up in t...

Write a Legacy Letter Today!

Rachael Freed | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

The model provides a four-part structure to make writing legacy letters simple, uniquely personal, and meaningful. A one-page letter written in no more than 15 to 30 minutes using this model can be completed in four paragraphs.

The Legacy of Our Favorite Stories

Rachael Freed | Posted 07.02.2013 | Books
Rachael Freed

There will be those who'll argue that a tablet or a video can do the same things, but there's something so tactile, so wonderful about holding a book, turning it around to show its pictures, holding one side of the book and a child gripping the other, turning paper pages.

Legacy Gifts From Angels

Rachael Freed | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Not long ago I was reintroduced to angels -- not the kind with rosy cheeks or gauzy, transparent wings, but the angels in real life. You know, the people who come into your life with special support, a gift of wisdom, full-hearted support.

Legacy and Issues of Aging

Rachael Freed | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

I don't wish to be younger (maybe because I'm blessed with good health and plenty of energy), but I can't deny that I'm slower. We don't spend enough time sharing with each other about our blessings or, more to the point, about our fears about aging.

Civility: A Legacy of Peace

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Only we can recognize our own uncivil thoughts, words, and actions, understand our own failures of trust and fear of difference. Only we can replace them with understanding, compassion, and love.

Legacy: Sharing Life Lessons

Rachael Freed | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

One significant purpose for writing our legacies is to extract the lessons we've learned from our experience, from our "stories," to pass them forward to future generations.

Take Time to Make This Day a Memorial Day

Rachael Freed | Posted 07.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Traditionally Memorial Day is to honor the memories of those we've lost, particularly those who sacrificed their lives in military service for our country.

Planting Seeds and Legacy

Rachael Freed | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Why do we plant seeds, saplings and seedlings with hope in our hearts each spring? Why do we relish harvesting in autumn? We plant in order to harvest -- not just for the moment but to preserve and nurture the future.

Legacy Writing: Transitions

Rachael Freed | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

We are always in some kind of transition of our ideas, in our personal lives, in our relationships, in the seasons of the year and in our country's public life and the world.

Legacy Writing: Expressing Love

Rachael Freed | Posted 04.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Whether we have such legacies from our past or not, let us commit this day going forward to offer our own written words of caring and love to those who matter most to us. This writing will open our hearts.

Legacy Writing: A Spiritual Practice

Rachael Freed | Posted 02.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Given our material world, it's hard to remember that the holidays are our cultures' ways of expressing the holy. No matter what faith you profess, these days, like all days, are an opportunity to express our spirituality, our seeking the divine in and beyond our world.

A Legacy Of Hope

Rachael Freed | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Rachael Freed

Without succumbing to trite phrases, political slogans or a naive perspective, I suggest that we focus on the importance of providing future generations with a legacy of hope.

Annual Legacy Writing Review

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

We are all competent enough to write "legacy letters," and to feel confident that we have something worthwhile to communicate.