November 25, 2009 This year black Friday—the day after Thanksgiving when holiday shopping begins—may be a little on the gray side for many of us. But there's a bright side to November 27 for all of us—a way to bring warmth and light to all of our lives—for free.
November 27th is also the second National Day of Listening, a day where Americans are encouraged to interview a loved one and preserve that interview for future generations.
National Day of Listening was developed by StoryCorps, an independent non-profit organization supported by National Public Radio, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress. The thought is that each person has their own unique oral history and life story—and taking the time to listen and record those stories is among the best gifts people can give to each other.
"The National Day of Listening is a time to tell people that their lives matter and that they won't ever be forgotten," says StoryCorps Web site. "Interview a loved one or a community member. . . your grandfather, your aunt, a neighbor, a mentor, a veteran or an old friend."
Along with tape recorders, interviews can be recorded via cell phones, computers, ipods and even pen and paper. Tips and a Question Generator are available at www.nationaldayoflistening.org/
You can share your interview on the share page or transcribe them and submit them to our paper with a photograph.
This holiday season why not connect with someone—listen up and give the most meaningful gift of all.