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The Big News Newsletter - May 2024

I have been quiet lately, and I could not be more excited to tell you why! Where I have helped dozens of clients and their families tell their stories over the years, I am now on the cusp of being able to help many thousands. This dream is materializing through a company I cofounded, Thyme & Tell, where I am serving as the Chief Creative Officer.

My LifeStory Memoir clients have already taken the important step of documenting their legacies. Thyme & Tell is an app that my team and I built upon my expertise as a storyteller and memoir writer. The app enables groups and families to celebrate and preserve their unique stories in a fun, easy, collaborative, and engaging way.

We're hard at work developing the application to allow you to collect memories, and coming next are features that will allow you to transform your collaborative story projects into beautiful, tangible keepsakes. Think being able to easily turn your shared memories and photos into high-quality books and videos.

If you're a LifeStory client, keep an eye out for an invite to join. If you're not a client but are interested in participating, simply email me.

In the meantime, I remain deeply committed to LifeStory and feel privileged to continue helping our clients write their stories.


Memoir Spotlight—Beyond Shooting Stars

Working with Larry to celebrate his five decades of photography in a coffee-table book that does justice to his gorgeous photos has been a real treat. Beyond Shooting Stars highlights Larry’s career, which is quite varied, from international photojournalism, politicians, sports and athletes in action, to the red carpet, and travel and nature photography. Every picture is personal to Larry, which is why his book is full of robust picture captions describing his thoughts on each image’s aesthetics, the historical occasion, and what the moment means to him emotionally.       

Larry at his 1980 photo exhibit in Chicago

We also put a lot of care into Larry’s Artist’s Statement, where he discusses how he began his career, his influences, and his overall philosophy about what it takes to capture memorable photos and how a photographer should interact with his subjects. While Larry spent considerable time on the red carpet, he is proud that he never conducted himself like the paparazzi who’ve given the profession a bad name.

In his introduction, Larry explains:

I have my uncle to thank for introducing me to 35mm photography during a visit to Yosemite National Park in California in 1968. As a graduate student at the University of Southern California in 1974, I was able to attend a film symposium. During the intermission, students were free to chat with their heroes. I got to talk about Asbury Park with former Jersey shore denizen Jack Nicholson. Other participants were Maximilian Schell and his sister, Maria Schell, Paul Winfield, Ellen Burstyn, Jack Lemmon, producer Robert Radnitz, and moderator, critic, and USC film professor Arthur Knight. I took photos of them all. Only then, once all the photos had been processed, did I realize that I had compiled the start of a pretty cool celebrity portfolio, all in one fell swoop.

We are all excited about Larry’s book, a hefty thing that looks perfect on his coffee table.

The front and back covers, and an interior spread of bodybuilder athletes, including Arnold Schwarzenegger


LifeStory's mission is to make sure you do not lose your family's stories forever. The stories of your life or a loved one’s are legacies that belong in a cherished memoir for following generations to learn from. For more information visit If you would like to see these results for yourself or a loved one, fill out this contact form, or reach out to me directly at or 973-903-1487.

Yours truly,

Richard Squires, MFA, MA

Author & Publisher

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