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Handwritten diaries and digital diaries both help preserve experiences and memories, but in different ways. luza studios/E+ via Getty Images

Handwritten diaries may feel old fashioned, but they offer insights that digital diaries just can’t match

As material objects, diaries give scholars an intimate look into their subjects’ lives, including handwriting and mementos. What if diaries in the future are nothing but insubstantial digital ghosts?
Stories foremothers keep and pass on may be aimed at enabling future generations to leverage experience for growth and learning. This image, circa 1899, shows the Grey County, Ont. farm of the author’s ancestors. (Tracy Penny Light)

Mothers and others: My Aunt May’s memoir gave us stories to learn from

A historian reflects on the meaning of an aunt’s rural and war-time memoir, flagged for her attention when she was aged 13 by the then-81-year-old elder.

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