PRT124 – The Things That Amaze You

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  • ruth b

    This show was so chock full of story inspiring ideas.. I am going to listen to it again with a notepad in my hand, so that I write them down as they occur to me. I was driving while listening the first time and could kick myself for all the things I have already forgotten.

    One I remember that I plan to make a page on, is relating to Heidi’s comment about cell phones and pay phones. As an elementary school kid I used to always carry 30c with me to be able to phone on a payphone if needed. But I was mischevious and often use to buy sweeties from the local newsagent on my way home from school. I had completely forgotten about that, and the change in culture means that my kids will never need to carry 30c and will probably never walk home from school at that age either, its all drive them everywhere for safety reasons these days.

    One other thing about the weaknesses episode, which I want to go back to and read all the comments, because I havent been able to all week, but I think Ali? (not sure it might have been someone else) made a great point that we don’t do things that are our weaknesses. I am crap at precision. I am just not good at being precise, so I don’t do that. I embrace being imperfect, so that I dont feel like I was even trying to be perfect anyway. I don’t want to feel like I am doing something badly and therefore I choose to see it as deliberate. Stacy said something similar on the show about practicing deliberate imperfection and I love that!

  • I too am planning to listen to this episode at least one more time (but probably more). The conversation about our rapidly changing technology really got me thinking, not just about that but about some of the smaller, less obvious changes in our family life. When our two daughters were young, we used one of the rooms in our house for their toys and that room became known as the “playroom”. We are now sending the youngest daughter off to college in four weeks so of course the “playroom” really hasn’t been a playroom for quite some time but we still refer to it that way. This episode prompted me to pull some photos of the playroom in all its messy glory, with barbies and stuffed animals strewn all over the floor. I’m going to pair them with some journaling about how quickly those two little toddlers have become young women. Those are the kinds of stories and memories I want to capture. Many thanks for a wonderful discussion (along with the inspiration I always get from my non-schmo membership!).

  • Sounds like a fun story! Those old long gone things feel almost like ghosts or dreams, don’t they? They were such a huge part of our lives, and then they’re gone.
    Thanks so much for your membership!

  • I am listening to this episode right now & I had to laugh when Julie mentioned the rotary phone. I took my kids to the eye dr a few months ago & in the office the dr still has a phone booth with a rotary pay phone, I doubt that it still works but my 4 year old was amazed by the old wooden phone booth, which I don’t think I’ve seen anywhere else in years! Even more than that though I thought about growing up with no cell phones and I remember how amazed I was with the first cordless phone that my family had and now here’s my 4 year old asking me what this strange looking phone was…

  • Stacy Julian had a layout in the Twelve Class recently that reminded me of the Disney World Carousel of Progress where she talks about 3 or 4 stages of her life and what’s going on in her life then and what the technology was at that time.
    I think it would be fun to do a mini book taking all sorts of things (like technology, news, dating, fashion, whatever) & taking 3 people like you, your mom and your daughter and how each thing was different for you.
    Loved the topic that Heidi brought up about the time after electricity & computers; my husband watched a show called something like “end of the world pre-plan”; just one more reason to keep the old school sizzix.

  • ruth b

    Good one about the sizzix, Katie. No power and no internet – a scary thought indeed!

    I have been thinking ever since I listened to the show yesterday about how lucky we are. I regularly listen to older shows in between new episodes and the one I just finished was about Caroline Preston and the Frankie Pratt Scapbook novel. She was talking about the huge changes in the world in the 1920s that are reflected in the book.
    I think we are extremely lucky to be alive in a time of so much international change and growth. We are the generation who experienced the birth of the internet. We have lived frmo a time when it did not exist in our our lives to right now, when it is intergrated and essential in so many ways to our work and our everyday lives. More than that, it is still becoming more so every day, it is in it’s infancy and who knows what will change next? Not many times have experienced change on such a global level. It has changed everything from the mundane to the miraculous, just this week I watch the live streaming from Mars, FROM MARS PEOPLE!

    A little while back I overheard a teen saying to someone the she knew of this one person who had grown up in a house without a computer, could you believe it!? She was quite incredulous of how this would have been possible. It struck me how much we are the generation who have lived through these changes, to a point where our essential possessions that we need to carry everywhere are things that did not exist in our childhood. The three things I never leave behind are my keys, wallet and phone. My kids were obsessed with were toy phones from an early age, because everyone they know carries their phone everywhere with them. My wallet carries less and less cash as even the smallest shops use electronic payment. What will my kids be carrying as their essential, cant-leave-it-behind items when they are my age?

    Exciting times indeed and a great PRT topic, thanks!

  • sandrabunch

    Hi ladies and Izzy of course,
    Thanks for another great show. I am interested to hear how you might recommend storing photos of these “things” in our lives that may or may not change. Of course it would be lovely to look back on them all in 20 years and scrap… but wow, imagine how many photos we’ll have by then to sift through?!?! Perhaps photo tags would do the trick? I’d love to hear any other ideas you may have.
    Keep up the fabulous work – it’s still strange not to hear Nancy and her unique laugh!

  • Marie-Pierre

    For the first time, when the episode was over, I found myself to think how fabulous it would be to be able to continue listening to you guys. What a great panel: Heidi, Ali, Julie and Noel!! I loved every bit of the show and as I was lost in my thought about spying on you, I just hit the play button and listened to the show again. :) Great show! I want more!

  • Ruth

    I liked Ali’s suggestion that they go well in a week in the life album

  • Tiffany

    recently took a picture at my grandmother’s house of her set of encyclopedias.
    She was talking about how she was thinking of throwing them away, but they held
    sentimental value. She told me in great detail about the woman that came to her
    door selling this set. How the sales woman talked my grandfather into purchasing them
    despite the fact they didn’t have the money for them. They received a volume
    every month for a year and a half and so did the bills for them.

    I asked my dad about the encyclopedias, he told me he used them a lot growing
    up. He felt that it was money well spent.

    discussion this episode made me think about that. The fact that now a days you
    don’t use books to look for that information anymore. You don’t have to go to a
    library or to an outdated book to find the answers to questions. Trivia can be
    answered in the matter of moments. Song titles and artists can be tied to a few bars of music.

    is amazing the information that we have now at our finger tips.
    By the way, I wouldn’t let her throw the encyclopedias away.
    Thanks for another great show! Love listening!

  • The comments about the phrase “Head of Household” and what that means in today’s society made me immediately think of the phrase “Head of State”. Families, just like governments, can have one leader, or they can have many. I’d say my house doesn’t really have a “Head of Household”; we’re an Oligarchy (sounds like Noel and Izzy are too!).

    I also wanted to make a note about Twitter as a documentation tool. Those 140 characters can be great tidbits for memory keeping, but Twitter only keeps your tweets for about 10 days or so, and outside apps can’t access your past tweets further back than 3,200 tweets. I found seven ways to document tweets, for those of you that want to use them for memory keeping:

  • You could always make one little minibook a year, with a title like “The Stuff of Our Lives”.

  • My grandmother had a set of encyclopedias, too — World Book — I have fond memories of using them. The things you mention — trivia, song titles & lyrics to new songs — would have been harder to find in the days when most resources were just in print. But in-depth, authoritative, high quality information can be hard to find online. Libraries have simply added new mediums to their collections. They still have books, but they also have online databases to provide access to huge amounts of material that is not available online for free. (Yeah, I’m a librarian — how did ya’ guess? *smile*)

  • I really enjoyed this show. I loved Tiffany’s post about enccyclopedias. My mother went out of her budget to buy World book for me back in the early 60s. Yes, I am old. I used them a lot and loved reading all the information in them. I wonder if anyone has that thrill of learning from an encyclopedias anymore?

  • I don’t seem to be able to type correctly anymore :). I really loved this episode. What would we do if the electricity went out for a while? That has been happening more than we would like. I do have a Sizzix that does not require power. I love remembering old school stuff, like the rotary phone, but I also like hearing about what is current. Love your show.

  • Ami

    Just finished listening to the show, and really enjoyed it, but I felt that I needed to comment on something one of the panelists said. During a discussion on the impact of television/technology, Julie commented that women in India who had access to television were less likely to “allow themselves to be beaten”. I’m sure it was unintentional, but that comment seemed to whittle the very nuanced and complicated dynamics of domestic abuse down to a simple choice made by the victim to be abused. I’ve spent my career working with survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and it’s a daily struggle to dispel the notion that abuse is the fault of the victim.
    Saying that one allows something to happen implies that one has control over the situation (i.e. why did I allow my 4 year old to paint my nails?), which is not the case in abusive relationships. Anyway, just a reminder to all of us to be thoughtful and intentional with our words. :)

    Again, thanks for a fun show. Friday Night Videos? Yep. I’m officially old. :)

  • ruth

    ok relistening and it was julie who said it not ali.

  • When our oldest was really little World Book had an amazing piece ofmulti-media encyclopedia computer software that we owned. There were videos, audio clips, gorgeous color photos. Blake was just a tiny little guy but he’d sit at the computer for hours leaning all kinds of stuff. I bet they have an updated version.
    Our families probably uses Wikipedia every day. Whenever we’re hanging out and talking, something comes up that we have a question about and one of us looks it up in Wikipedia.
    Digital encyclopedias are still encyclopedias and they can do a lot more.

  • daney

    Thanks so much for reading my comment on the show – I listen in the car and my girls are now absoLUTEly convinced that I am famous.

  • daney

    oh! forgot my comment for this week. We recently cleared out my beloved grandparents’ home and it was a treasure trove of “remember when” items – my big haul included hundreds of slides he shot – and the projector and screen. Old school slideshow in my girls’ future, for sure!

  • Melissa LaFavers

    This episode was a fascinating, thought-provoking, and idea-inspiring discussion. I’m still percolating the content of it a couple days after I finished listening. I’ve often marveled with my mother, who just turned 80, at how many inventions and advances she has witnessed in her lifetime, and of course, there’s been plenty of marvels in my own.

    We memory-keepers are archivists of our own lives, but also of our culture and society at large. Capturing and illustrating the changes our world endures both preserves and broadens our perspective, which gives us a clearer picture of who we are.

    Thank you for a great topic and a great panel to discuss it. I’ll definitely be giving some thought to stories like these I want to include in my scrapbooks.

  • ruth b

    This might be hilarious at this point…

  • redpaperjen

    Just had to comment that, like Noell, I am excited to hear who the guest panelists are. Whenever the show starts and you introduce them, I’m thinking, “Yay! It’s Shimelle!” or “Cool Beans, it’s Julie!” . Even when I am unfamiliar with the panelist, I look forward to getting to know them as they discuss the topic. Thanks so much for bringing so many varied and interesting people together to discuss my favorite hobby.

  • CarolineD

    Izzy wins: it’s Care-oh-line. :)

    I’m only 20 or 30 minutes into the show (I’ll finish it on the way home from work) but I wanted to hop on and comment regarding ‘head of household’. Holy heck it was nice to hear Ali say ‘I’m divorced’ – and of course I don’t mean that it’s nice that Ali’s divorced, it’s just so comforting to hear someone within this industry say it. I’ve been divorced for 6 years now and it is so lonely. We’re in a hobby that’s neck deep in family and somehow I feel like I’m an impostor – like my version of family doesn’t count any more. I know that there are single mothers out there, but it just doesn’t feel like they’re working in the industry, so I’m not seeing my life reflected in layouts and blog posts of the ‘big guns.’ I realize that this is largely my own personal neurosis, I’m just saying that it was really moving to have company for that brief moment. Yay, Ali. Thanks for owning it and helping me feel less alone.

  • TracyBzz

    Head of the household – I think of the women in my life (grandma’s, mom, and myself) as the head. Not that that I had given it any thought before you said it here. We are the ones that do the cooking and cleaning, bill paying, grocery shopping, and of course the majority of the child rearing.
    Ali referred to seeing how things have changed just in the few years she’s been doing Week in the Life, with her iPad example. I saw a freestanding phone booth one day and thought wow I should have a picture of a phone booth and the pay phone in it, but sadly it had been vandilized and there was no phone in it. We often don’t realize how interesting something is until years have passed an that thing is no longer apart of our everyday life/world. You need the time away from something to gain the perspective that it was important.
    Cool episode :)

  • Alissa W

    Loved this topic! I have done the journaling, but not assembled the page yet for how my daughter (who’s 2) is totally a digital native, whereas I still vividly recall the first time I was on the internet (hello, netscape and AOL). I’ve also made it a point to document some changes in our house. Like we had super ugly carpet in our living room. Also, Izzy mentioned a few weeks ago that we should all go back and listen to past shows again. I have started doing that and oh my gosh, I am missing so much on just one listen and getting reinspired all over again! Thanks for providing such wonderful episodes 124 times!

  • I am ultra-conservative so our belief is that the husband should take on the roll as head of the household. Thankfully, mine is a strong leader and leaves no doubt as to who is in charge. We live a “Leave it to Beaver” lifestyle, basically. HOWEVER, I know that many times that just isn’t the case, either by choice or not and I am happy to see capable women who can fill the need of each family by doing what needs to be done. This was a very thought provoking episode that made me want to scrap some of my memories about things that my child will never see or know about if I don’t describe them!

  • Family IS family – and they look completely different from house to house. Embrace what you have – your version totally counts (and I would have said that when I was married too).

  • I recently made a layout about what telephones were like when I was a kid. I didn’t have a picture to use — in the days of film photography, things like that were not often the main subject of a photo — so found one to use online that had a Creative Commons license. I’m interested in making a layout about what TV was like for us back then (can you say black and white, with rabbit ears, and only a few broadcast stations?) as well how we listened to music (do the numbers 33 1/3 and 45 mean anything to you?) I’m not sure how fascinated my daughter is with this type of story now, but maybe someday. For now, I’m scrapping them for myself.

  • Isn’t Ali so amazing at sharing her life? Somehow she manages to inspire me to live a better life while at the same time showing the hard stuff in an honest way. I am not divorced, but she has had the same impact for me in another area. I have read all of her posts on Autism, going right back to the beginning, and cried my eyes out reading her blog post about when they got their diagnosis. It was so achingly familiar and I felt like my heart was shredding in my chest as it had that day, In the rest of my life I often feel isolated and frustrated trying to deal with stuff that doesn’t fit into the mainstream expectations. Ali has been so REAL about her life, good and bad, without wallowing in it either. It helps me to remember that everyone else’s life isn’t constantly filled with your typical “kodak moments”.

    This is also why I love PRT.

    In 124 episodes of PRT we have each been offered an invitation to be a unique individual in our scrapbooking world. My life is fundamentally mine to remember, it is not the same as anyone else. There isnt just one way of doing it, there are a miriad of ways to be a memorykeeper or papercrafter. We are all sitting around this table as individuals. We may be glittery or clean & simple, mum’s with kids or college students, going to the park or travelling the world, we embrace all this variety and difference. We all have things that make us feel like we are on the fringe and the wide variety of PRT guests means that someone will strike a cord and make each of us feel drawn in to the community and a little less isolated. In 124 episodes everyone, at some point, will have felt invited, included, embraced, given permission to do it the way that works for you.

  • KrisMarie

    Hi – Just wanted to let you know that I just discovered your podcast so today I listened to your first episode and this one. I was inspired and have lots of food for thought from both! My family took a day trip to Washington DC last week and saw an exhibit about video games! Hubby and I thought it was pretty funny to see an exhibit of them, but the kids were asking why didn’t we save our Atari and 1st gen Nintendo from our childhoods! After listening to your podcast, it made me realize I should take a pic of my kids playing Wii and Playstation because who knows what gaming will look like for their kids! Thanks so much for the excellent podcast – I can’t wait to get caught up with 122 more!

  • MarciaF

    What an interesting and thought-provoking episode! It got me thinking about the fact that my oldest son is only 24, yet he’s older than the “world-wide web” and still remembers listening to records when he was little (his youngest brother – just 6 years younger – says, “huh???”). They grew up mostly on cassette and VHS tapes and then cds and DVDs, but have of course now advanced to i-pods and blu-ray. We do still have lots of the old tapes, though, as well as players to play them on, and occasionally we pull them out; in fact the last time Aaron was home he discovered that we had a tape we’d recorded of the 1988 Olympics! How cool is that??? He had me copy it to DVD so that he could take it back with him. It makes him feel old, which of course makes me feel REALLY old!

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