Share Your Inspiring Family Life Stories
We all have a grandparent or a relative who is either living or deceased, who has a great life story or experience which is inspirational. Many of these stories unfortunately don't leave the perimeter of their families ears and so therefore don't reach a greater audience, where they could be inspiring other people out there and keeping their memories alive.
This platform allows you a space to share your relatives moving and powerful stories, along with a photograph so that the readers can relate and hopefully learn valuable lessons from their life experiences and adventures, keeping them alive. Whether a great achievement, overcoming a tremendous struggle, triumphing over tragedy, enduring through pain, fighting persecution, finding freedom, living a legacy, a real life love story, or a dream come true. Let your families stories reach the masses and inspire many.
Author Rochelle Alexandra will edit your story into a maximum of a two page synopsis, to be published and loaded up onto the forget-me-not stories website, along with a photograph. Also offered, are links to a top publishing company who will guide you through the process of writing, publishing and marketing your own book, based on your family members story.
In Alexa's Shoes
Alexa was a thirteen year old Catholic girl, who lived in Poland with her mother and sister. One day while out buying new shoes with her mother in 1940, Nazi military trucks drove into town and rounded up all the locals. She was transported to Germany as an unpaid slave for a Gestapo family, whom she had to work five years for, separated from her own family...
Read her full story in the novel based on her true life experience.
In Alexa's Shoes by Rochelle Alexandra. Publication June 2019.
"Doctor Livingstone, I presume?"
Scottish born explorer, physician and missionary Dr David Livingstone was my great, great, great, great uncle on my mothers side of the family. He was one of the most popular heroes of the late 19th-century Victorian era.
He had a mythical status that operated on a number of interconnected levels: Protestant missionary martyr, working-class 'rags to riches' inspirational story, scientific investigator and explorer, imperial reformer, anti-slavery crusader, and advocate of commercial and colonial expansion. His fame as an explorer and his obsession with learning the sources of the Nile River was founded on the belief that if he could solve that age-old mystery, his fame would give him the influence to end the East African Arab-Swahili slave trade. "The Nile Sources," he told a friend, "are valuable only as a means of opening my mouth with power among men. It is this power which I hope to remedy an immense evil. His subsequent exploration of the central African watershed was the culmination of the classic period of European geographical discovery and colonial penetration of Africa. At the same time, his missionary travels, 'disappearance', and eventual death in Africa- and subsequent glorification as a posthumous national hero in 1874- led to the founding of several major central African Christian missionary initiatives carried forward in the era of the European scramble for Africa. He was part of an evangelical movement in Britain which during the 19th century helped to change the national mindset from the notion of a divine right to rule "lesser races', to more modernly ethical ideas of foreign policy.
His meeting with Henry Morton Stanley on 10 November 1871 gave rise to the popular quotation "Dr Livingstone, I presume?" After his death, his heart was buried under a Boabab tree at the spot where he died in Zambia and his remains were shipped back to London England, where he rests in Westminster Abbey. He was held in very high esteem by many and for years to come statues were erected in his honor, buildings dedicated in his name as a lasting memorial to him and his face even graced the front of Scottish ten pound notes in Sterling currency from 1971-1998. The David Livingstone Center in Blantyre celebrates his life and is based in the house in which he was born, on the site of the mill in which he started his working life. In 2002, he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide vote.
In 1983 at 11 yeas of age, Rochelle Alexandra won first place in a national writing competition on the subject of Dr David Livingstone, not knowing at the time that he was her famous ancestor.