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Mamie, Remnants of a life well lived...

(December 1, 2015 – Houston, Texas) Jacqueline Devine has written a sweeping memoir and personal history of stalwart Midwestern Mamie Edith Henson McLain. Published in print and digital formats, it is available through Blurb Worldwide.
Hailed as an eloquent and sensitive voice of from the past, Ms. Devine recounted Mamie’s formative years from the turn of the 20th Century through 1980.
“In this memoir, I wrote about my grandmother, her generation, and her determination to remain true to her personal ideals. By interviewing as many surviving family members as possible, I attempted to clearly document the life of a child born to German immigrant in the late 1800’s, her trials putting a husband through college and raising children during the depression and her struggle to become a recognized community leader and successful business owner when women were just beginning to claim their independence during the onset of World War II.”
While this story is a highly personal replete with original family photos and oral interviews, Ms. Devine hopes that it resonates with people of all ages interested in the historical backdrop of life during the first half of the 20th Century and the struggle to succeed as they earned their rightful place in society. 

TimeSlips Facilitator Certification Awarded

CYPRESS TEXAS — July 2, 2015 —Pictures, Prose & Print announced today that Jackie Devine is now a Certified TimeSlips facilitator. TimeSlips, featured on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Innovation Exchange, offers an elegantly simple, revolutionary approach opening storytelling to everyone including individuals experiencing memory loss and dementia. It provides hope by supporting alternative, meaningful avenues of communication and connection that can be provided one-on-one or in group settings; at home, in care settings, or community settings like senior centers, museums and libraries.


TimeSlips is an evidence-based program that models person-centered dementia care. Research suggests that embedding TimeSlips in an organization can improve the quality of relationships between staff and residents and can improve staff attitudes toward people with dementia. 


Ms. Devine’s training included: 

  • The meaning and value of creative engagement
  • An introduction to dementia and person-centered care
  • The TimeSlips core storytelling process in detail
  • Models for building community
  • Models for integrating creative engagement into activity programming and everyday relationships

Individuals, groups or care settings seeking additional information regarding TimeSlips can visit http://www.timeslips.org or contact Jackie Devine at 832.316.6006, via e-mail at jackie.devine@comcast.net or by visiting  jackiedevine.com 

Branson Clan Website Launched

Bourbon, Missouri—Edith Branson, Editor in Chief of the Branson Newsletter announced the launch of the family’s new website bransonclan.com designed to act as a fast-track communication tool to family members interested in sharing current information, historical facts, and/or resolving genealogical puzzles. 

“We are excited about our new website launch and are hoping will that it will prove to be an effective and efficient communication tool that will encourage family members around the world to share information and preserve our valuable Branson history.”


The site was designed and created by webmaster Jackie Devine, personal historian and owner/operator of Pictures, Prose & Print. For more information Jackie can be reached by phone at 832.316.6006, via e-mail at jackie.devine@comcast.net, or by visiting jackiedevine.com

Branson Newsletter Enters a New Era

Bourbon, Missouri—Edith Branson assumed the position of editor for the Branson Clan Newsletter April, 2015. She selected Pictures, Prose, & Print to design and publish the 136th edition. On April 28, 2015, it was distributed via mail, the Internet, and the Branson Clan Website.

According to Ms. Branson, “It appears we are making great strides in strengthening family ties. For the first time, we are able to reach family members 1500 miles away almost instantaneously and exchange news and helpful genealogy information.”


Certification Award

In January, Jackie Devine completed training to become a Certified Legacy Planner (CLP) through LegacyStories, headquartered in Knoxville, TN. 

By virtue of its comprehensive instruction, Jackie is certified to mentor and assist clients in recording Pic-Oral Memories™ and oral history narrations that describe vintage family photos.

CLP training provides the necessary skill base to conduct discovery interviews, prioritize memories to build cohesive life stories, and offer services such as memoir writing and editing, photography and videography, website support and development, photo and media digitizing and creation of coffee table photo books.

Ultimately, as a Legacy professional, Jackie expects to act as a recognized key contact in the Houston metro area available on an as-needed basis to provide Legacy-related services to funeral homes, hospice, nursing, memory care, assisted living, home care independent living, caregivers and estate planners.

Member Status

Pictures, Prose and Prints (PPP) recently became a member of LegacyStories.org, a living history library that provides life story learning, recording, archiving and sharing to families, professionals and groups.

Its mission is to educate, motivate and activate people to record their highest priority memories before they are lost forever.

In joining the organization, PPP taps into the expertise of industry leaders, for profit and not-for-profit, who contribute valuable expertise to serve their niche in the context of legacy planning and preservation.

Funeral Tribute

Tribute to Paul Verlezza

A 10-year mini documentary chronicling highlights of the amazing life of Paul Verlezza was released July 24, 2014. Friends and family members on three continents have been given the option of personalizing his tribute by including their own photos, personal experiences and comments. Each edition will capture the unique relationship Paul had with his loved ones and will provide a meaningful keepsake that can be handed down to future generations.

Paul's Tribute from Jackie Devine on Vimeo.

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Association of Personal Historians Membership

APH The Life Story People

As a member of the Association of Personal Historians, jackiedevine.com is commited to the professional practice of perserving life stories around the world, connecting generations and perserving memories. As such, clients can find assistance in creating family, corporate, and community histories which include a variety of forms: documentaries, memoirs, funeral tributes, websites, DVDs, scrapbooks, photo collages, poems, songs and quilts.

Members of the Association of Personal Historians agree that they will strictly adhere to APH’s Code of Ethics, which encompasses the core values of our profession and is designed to protect the integrity of the profession and safeguard the interests of individual, clients, and narrators.

Press Releases

Eureka High School Class of 1964 Reunion...

On June 21, former students from Eureka High School, Eureka, Missouri gathered at the Odyssey Banquet Hall in Villa Ridge Missouri to share old memories and make new ones. Guests submitted photos and video clips (many taken from cell phones) for jackiedevine.com to compile in to a memory movie of the event.


There was a picnic the following day at Kircher Park on Williams Road in Eureka, Missouri   64ehs.com



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Current Events

Chinese New Year

Students at Sinclair Elementary enjoyed creating the Year of the Horse in their class as part of the  First Grade Gifted and Talented program.

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