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Pauline Lerner

My life and times: an illustrated history

April 13, 2006 at 6:30 AM

“Tell me about yourself,” someone says. “Oh, no,” I think. “What does this person really want to know? How can I sell myself?” A lot depends on the context – my resume, a personal ad, an ad about myself as a violin teacher, a brief note for my church newsletter, an entry in my alumni magazine, a page on my website. I need a different approach for different readers. I am quiet, modest, and frequently overlooked and underappreciated. Recently I started thinking about how to portray myself to a wide variety of readers, starting with some of the defining experiences of my life. I made a timeline with important events within myself and in the outside world. I had a lot of fun doing the research for this. I remembered some events that were important, but often I did not remember the details or I remembered them incorrectly. Then I decided to look for pictures of some of these events, and that was fun, too. I called my document “My Life and Times: An Illustrated History,” and you can see it here. (If that link doesn't work, go to I’ve had some positive feedback on it already. One person told me that he felt that he almost knew me by reading it. I recommend doing something like this for entertainment. It sure beats watching TV.
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