A memory trigger consists of a small group of words that, once you write them down, you can refer to at a later date and remind yourself of things (memories) to write about. Sometimes, when we read memory triggers someone else wrote , a memory of our own will surface that we’ll want to jot down for later retrieval. There are writing sites and even books filled with memory triggers. These are all worthwhile as long as they add to your personal storehouse of remembrances.
The memory triggers on my blog come from the students of my Life Stories classes and from myself as I teach these classes. During class, a number of subjects come up and everyone recalls a little something personal of their own life when something they happen to hear sparks a memory. Many times, what a student turns in as a memory trigger is more personal than what I type for public sharing. If a student were to type “party at Aunt Sally’s ranch when Ben cut his foot” I would type for the general public “Aunt’s house, party, ranch, accident“–each as a separate memory trigger.
The deal is, within our classroom, I have a small treasure box pictured here.
The students all have two notebooks. One for memory triggers only, and one to write and take notes in. They are supposed to write their personal memory triggers within their own notebook and write a couple to share with the class and place those on a slip of paper into the Memory Trigger box during the class. Yet, I often discover they’ve written very personal memory triggers down on the paper slips instead of their notebooks. I don’t want these folks to loose their triggers so I simplify these triggers into a list of separated words and post them online.
In the past, I’ve listed the memory triggers at the bottom of the weekly class sessions. That is soon to change. A fellow blogger, Susan Rushton, suggested I create a separate page for Memory triggers that enables the reader to click the weekly trigger posts from there. I thought that was a great idea and that is what this page will do.
It will take me a little time to collect all the triggers from past classes and place them here.
In essence, this page will be the treasure box where deposit all our memory triggers. Blog readers are encouraged to add to the list of memory triggers in the comment section.
I look forward to this being an active blog page and thank everyone who participates.