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info about her grandparents' marriage
by proxy, the family's years in an
internment camp, the loss of the family
business and possessions. She asked
questions. When full answers weren't
forthcoming, she asked a different way,
"What did you think about that," she
persisted. "How did it make you feel?"
"When you tell your story, put it in
a historical context. Maybe use a few
props to give kids something to do
with their hands, she says, and then
personalize it. Say "she had your eyes,"
"he had your sense of humor," to your
nieces and nephews.
In my family, we can't pass a dumpThe
highly experiential Su ClausonWicker
stands at a storied Tennesse spot.
every word. They were off in this imaginary
place we'd created. You want to
instigate that."
So how do I get this family history
in stories and how do I tell it at family
reunions?
"Ask," says Shimojima. "Ask your
relatives. But do your homework first;
read up on what was going in the
nation and community during the time
you want to find out about."
In Shimojima's family, no one ever
talked about what happened to them as
Japanese Americans after the Japanese
bombed Pearl Harbor.
In my father's side of the family, no
one talked much about what happened
after his father's death at the beginning
of the Depression.
"Go in with specific questions, but
ask the easy factual ones first, like where
they were born," she advises. "Let them
know ahead of time what you'll be asking,
so they can ruminate on it. Show
them pictures to jog their memories."
Shimojima shared resources on
genealogy, oral history, and ways to
preserve family's memories digitally
and in print. She unearthed a wealth of
ster without peering in and perhaps
pulling out a useful relic. That's my
entrée into story. Our story is about a
father who as a child scrambled into
trash cans after oil cans, draining the
last bits of petroleum into containers
to sell back to garage owners. He didn't
use it for candy; he bought bread flour
or navy beans for the dinner table. He
collected dried cow patties from the
neighbors pasture and sold them. As a
result, the next two generations of
Clausons are shaped by a Depression
mentality that has generated root cellars
out of salvaged dryers and chimney
caps from repurposed sheet pans.
Yes, she says. Collect little gems and
put them together in a story. You are
telling family who they are; they are
people that scrounged in dumpsters
and cow manure. They are people who
survived.
So with a picture of the neighbor's
pasture and an old oil can, I'm ready to
begin.
IF YOU GO
Sleep & Dine: The historic Eureka Inn strikes a
lovely pose just steps down the brick Main
Street (# 127 W. Main) from the Storytelling
Center. Call 423-913-6100 or visit www.eurekajonesborough.com
to reserve a historic but
comfortable room. Nearby Main Street Cafe is
famous for its chicken salad and quiches
served in a sweet, small-town café that knows
how to deliver the good food. 423-753-2460.
-Su Clauson-Wicker 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015

Letters
From the Editor & Digital Help Guide
Mill Creek Stories
Creature Feature
The Hike
Great Buys
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Creature Feature
Festivals & Events
The Curios: Our Annual Compendium of the Strange
North Georgia: A Foodie Haven
Why We Travel: The Photoessay
The 2015 Blue Ridge Country Travel Guide: A Year of Experiences
The Weekend: Harpers Ferry and Western Maryland
The Old Stone Chimney
Cabin in the Woods: Fiddler’s Roost
Mountain Garden
Guest Column: Author Stephanie Jeffries
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 2
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Letters
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - From the Editor & Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 7
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Great Buys
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 14
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 18
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Curios: Our Annual Compendium of the Strange
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 26
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - North Georgia: A Foodie Haven
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Why We Travel: The Photoessay
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The 2015 Blue Ridge Country Travel Guide: A Year of Experiences
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 39
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 42
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 50
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Weekend: Harpers Ferry and Western Maryland
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 55
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Old Stone Chimney
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cabin in the Woods: Fiddler’s Roost
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 62
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 63
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Guest Column: Author Stephanie Jeffries
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