Life Stories Session VI

Life Stories Session VI   The past couple weeks we’ve spent much class time coming up with memory triggers as we read the assignments handed in. There were a number of tales I’d enjoy reading in first person present and I do hope a few attending the class will decide to experiment writing that way. I decided to have some fun and write an assignment from the Writing 101 class that way. It might not be perfect but it was quickly done. You can click on the link: The Stray Sod for an example of what we discussed on our … Continue reading Life Stories Session VI

Tend the Garden

Originally posted on Storyshucker:
A longtime friend commented during dinner that her next door neighbor’s son was on the path to nowhere and constantly in trouble. She thought herself clever referring to him as “a weed in the garden of life”. Although an avid fan of barbed words and wit, I found her comment harsh directed at a kid who was barely a teenager. He was dismissed and labeled as worthless. A weed. “But maybe he’s a pokeweed!” I said in a positive tone. She rolled her eyes. I recognized the look of resignation on her face. The look many… Continue reading Tend the Garden

Writing 101 Day 3

Assignment Day 3: Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you? Memorable Music Part 1 (because I may add to this at a later date.) There are three songs from my childhood that stand out above the others: She’ll be coming around the mountain, Tumbling Tumbleweed, and Mockingbird hill. My Grandpa Stuart could play any instrument—any. I only met one other person in my life that could do that. Extraordinary musicians. Grandpa once played violin for the great Caruso. In later years, he had two bands, Tommy Stuart’s Lucky 5 and … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 3

Writing 101 Day 2

Assignment: Today, choose a place to which you’d like to be transported if you could — and tell us the backstory. How does this specific location affect you? Is it somewhere you’ve been, luring you with the power of nostalgia, or a place you’re aching to explore for the first time? The Stray Sod As we climb out from inside the cavernous roots of the cedar tree, we must be careful not to slip. The bark is slick with moisture. The air outside is thick with rising sap, worm-turned earth, river spray, and sweet fern. Only when one bends down … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 2

Life Stories Session IV

This was supposed to be the last class; however, via class vote and the agreement of Shipley Center, the Writing Life Stories class will continue. Participants are realizing the great benefits they garner each week from sharing their work with each other. One participant even offered permission to post her paper on this Blog. That’s right. I didn’t even have to ask. Cool! So that is something I’ll include in a future post. This week I shared an exciting personal writing breakthrough with the class that might benefit other writers. I’ve been working on a particular episode of my life, … Continue reading Life Stories Session IV