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Bonnie BellBonnie Bell, founder of Milestones, the Gift of a Lifetime in 2003, knows how to tell a meaningful story. She started her career as a reporter for Newsweek magazine and for 20 years was a correspondent for People magazine where she refined her skills as an interviewer writing about authors and artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and politicians, and corporate executives. She has ghostwritten numerous personal histories.

Bonnie has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Education from De Paul University. Additionally, Bonnie has taught writing and copy editing at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and currently conducts seminars on memoir writing.

Now let her tell your story.


Beth SmithBeth Smith, owner of A Life in Print, specializes in designing private publishing of personal histories and tributes that in turn result in bound books of the highest quality. She has worked with consumers and celebrities on custom magazines and books. These include a photo book for the fan club of the rock musician Sting, collaborating with the artist and his team. Other projects include 365 Saturdays, a stunning coffee table book about a family’s year-long journey around the world. For Milestones the Gift of a Lifetime, Beth recently completed Charmed Lives, a 14” x 12” narrative of one couple’s sixty-three year adventure at sea, in Florida and in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her work can be viewed on our Home page in Amazing Grace, a family’s tribute to their deceased mother, and How Dad Lived to Be One Hundred.