I Love Life Story Writing!
Mostly, I write stories ... I have
written over 400 true stories about our family during the past nine years
since I have been in Life Story Writing Class. What do I write about?
Oh, about 1500 words, I'd say. Seriously, I write about very simple
everyday things that help the reader know their family members more intimately.
It's one thing to know when and where they were born, who they married
and when they died. It's another more wonderful thing to read a vignette
of your Gramma and see a piece of yourself in that story.
Your relatives come vividly alive on each page. The
memories can't help but touch your life.
Sorting through all of life's
experiences is much like going through psycho-therapy, because while I'm
writing the story, I am confronting some of the garbage of my life!
The "coulda-woulda-shoulda's" that we all feel from time to time.
Other experiences I may be looking through rose colored
glasses, but it's my story...the good, the bad and the poignantly funny
moments! Each of the experiences make up the person I am today, so
I do not look back to blame, only to grow and to share my experience, strength
and hope to another generation. I call my collection of memories
"Tidbits of Time."
I was a child
of the Great Depression and World War II.
Perhaps, because this generation learned to "make it at home, wear it out,
make it do or do without", I feel like I have a lot of meaningful memories
to share with my family and friends. My early
childhood was in Brea, CA and I migrated
south to Pacific Beach and La
Jolla during the war years. I graduated from La Jolla High School in
1946. Our big 50th Alumni Reunion was September
My husband, Richard,
and I have been married since 1965 when
we combined five children in a blended marriage. We celebrated our
39th Wedding Anniversary in May. It wasn't
like the TV sitcom The Brady Bunch, but we are survivors. All the
children are grown up with family's of their own now, making
us grandparents of ten and great-grandparents
of seven. They live as far off as Arizona, Texas, Northern California,
Washington and as close as Pacific Beach. That gives us plenty of places
to visit and families keep growing.
I am a facilitator of a Church
Writing Group, sponsored by The Amy Foundation, a national organization
that encourages people to write letters to the editor of their local papers
about contemporary moral issues of the day. We also write to our
State Representatives and our various leaders "inside the Beltway of Washington,
D.C." Our goal is to enclose one verse of scripture in our letters
to back up what we believe. Sometimes this is the only scripture people
read nowadays and nearly everyone reads Letters to the Editor!
I volunteered for two years on
the Senior Citizen Commission of our City Council.
I had a bit part in a video we produced advertising the special retirement
benefits of Encinitas, the flower capital of the world. In the process
of volunteering to the commission, I discovered I was not cut out for Roberts
Rules of Order! I much prefer being in front of a computer!
We both love photography and delved
into darkroom studies for awhile. We did some artsy black and white studies,
but realized right away that we weren't going to give Ansel Adams any competition!
Now, we have our slide shows on the computer and make greeting cards with
pictures of the Grands! I also love to crochet Binkie Blankets for
Babies at Birth Choice.
It's a love gift to babies that are not aborted by their mothers.
Values and Beliefs
Both my husband and I quit drinking
alcohol in 1973, having partied away too many years to laugh about any
more. We now reach out to others who are still hurting in a program called
Overcomers Outreach. We trust the Lord for our
salvation and we're trying, with His help, "To
restore the years that the locusts have eaten". Richard is an Elder
at Seaside Church
and I do press releases, posters and publicity. We are happy, healthy,
active Christians content with a simple life.
The richest inheritance a parent
can leave is a Godly example. I am still in process, but my stories
have been told that others after me might learn from them. God isn't
finished with me yet! Writing your life story is an opportunity to
leave your values, family traditions and spiritual beliefs for
the next generation.
Do you want to know more about
Life Story Writing? My newest book, About
Life Story Writing is a How-To book for writing the story of your life.
If you're interested in the subject and live in an area that does not have
groups or classes to guide you, this book is a must for your library.
Please access the Menu on the right for more memories from Tidbits of Time.
Tidbits of Time