Life Stories Session III

This is the week of better understanding, the week the light bulb switches to on for many within this writing class.

Once again, our resident Storyteller, Jean Cameron,  played our hearts with another poignant tale from her life. Thank you so much Jean for illustrating the art of storytelling and allowing us into your life.

The seeds planted by past classes as memory triggers took hold within the fertile soil of our minds and worked their magic.

Roots begin to grow and spread, little by little, tunneling their way downwards into deep recesses and across expanses of our personal histories. Ideas sprout, rising past the soil and into the light. Episodes of actually writing our experiences increase, one leaf, then two, three, and more.

This was a week of sharing, when the class realized the benefits they have in one another as idea starters, listeners, and mentors.

 

Jerry Williams, my dad, is the good-looking guy in the center of the photo facing the gal.  Check out the machine in t he background. Twin Falls, Idaho High School crowd.
Jerry Williams, my dad, is the good-looking guy in the center of the photo facing the gal. Check out the machine in t he background. Twin Falls, Idaho High School crowd, I presume.

People discover their life is made up of many stories and those stories don’t have to be told the same way. Each story demands its own form of telling, but the time is ripe for writing them down. Trimming and transplanting must wait until the story idea matures enough to handle it.

Session III

Memory Triggers
Instructor gathered these down from during class discussions. Go ahead and click the links and enjoy! Then don’t forget to come back here:

• Stories of friends
Puff the Magic Dragon
Wolverton Mountain
Mairzy Doats
• Music teachers
• WWII
• Blackouts
• Fear
• School drills: bombs, earthquakes
• Silly choreographs
The Jungle Book
Drummers
• Kids and pets
• Instrumental music
• Secret Codes
Elvis
Neil Diamond
Teresa Brewer
Mills Brothers
Glenn Miller
• Ames Brothers (Ed Ames)
• Songs that made us cry
• In trouble with mom, dad, teachers

Classmates:

• Coat closet
• Sunset
• Red boots
• Hospital waiting room
• Closed coffin
• Happenings
• Jealousy
• Fresh air
• Wild flowers
• Horseback rides
• Sister
• Erotic photos
• Does this feel good
• Carrying fish to show grandma
• Clam digging
• First dog/cat
• Playing in the woods

I trust this list helped spark some memories you’ll write about. Please share your thoughts and leave comments. What memories or other  memory triggers did these spark for you?

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