Houstory Herd: We Want HouStories

By Dan Hiestand, Houstory Marketing Guy

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Do you own a family heirloom with an interesting story? Do you live in a house that has a compelling history? Would you like to share these tales and other related HouStories with others?

If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, we need to talk.

We’d appreciate the opportunity to connect with you about the possibility of making your story a part of our new podcast. In case you didn’t hear, episode 1 of the podcast was unveiled a few weeks ago, and No. 2 is on the way shortly. In the meantime, we want to line up some good stories for future episodes.

Why should you do this? Your story can help inspire other Houstorians to preserve and share their own houstories. I can’t tell you how many times I hear our customers and supporters say: “Boy, that is a great idea. I should document and share the stories behind my house and family heirlooms.”

And then they put it off, forget about it and wish they had done so later. Your words may help others to take a few precious moments to save those stories.

Drop us a line to talk about that old Craftsman home that your mom and dad bought during the Depression, or chat about Uncle Theo’s rocking chair or Grandma Patty’s quilt. Shoot us an e-mail at info (at) houstory (dot) com, or hit us up at our Facebook, Google+ (Home History Book & Heirloom Registry) or Twitter accounts. We hope to hear from some of you.

Now, on to The Herd for this month…

What is “The Hearth Herd.” It’s simply a roundup (hence the name “Herd”) of a few stories we’ve seen recently that we feel our fellow Houstorians would be interested in. The Herd’s content will be confined to three main categories, or related offshoots: 1) House and property history; 2) Family heirlooms; 3) Natural Resource Conservation. Basically, the things you’ve come to expect when you visit our blog.

This is where you come in: If you see stories you think would make our monthly collection, please shoot me an e-mail to info (at) houstory (dot) com, say hello on our Facebook page or send us a Tweet

Author: By Adrian Mourby, The Guardian

TitleThe heavy burden of what to do with a family heirloom

Herd-Worthy Because: This is a difficult concept to grapple with. Do you really want to hold on to that 8-foot, 250 pound couch just because it was grandpa’s favorite? Maybe there are other ways to honor these items.

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Author: By Alex Lickerman, Slate.com

TitleAchieving a Good Death

Herd-Worthy Because: Prepare. Now. “I find I’m needed to offer what are arguably the three most important things a doctor can (offer): (one of them is) a willingness to discuss the subject of mortality…”

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Author: By USA Today

TitleWill Apple Watch become family heirloom?

Herd-Worthy Because: “A plastic digital watch will never compare to a real watch that will last for 40 years. There will always be a place for family heirlooms.”  The article examines if people will be inclined to buy a new Apple watch year after year as hardware “upgrades”permit. Is this model of business — the idea that we have to buy the latest gadget year after year, and throw away the perfectly good gadget that still functions  — really a model that works for the long-term?

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Until we “Herd” again…