Magical Memoir Moments

Pets From My Childhood: A Memoir in Pictures

One of the best parts of growing up on a farm is that people and animals interact in ways different from those in cities or suburbs. They can share space while maintaining freedom. Animals don’t have to live like humans in order to be enjoyed by and to enjoy humans. Not that that’s a bad…

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A Powerful Stimulant to Memoir: Crayola Memories Past and Future

A new box of Crayolas — is anything more beautiful? Those perfect points. The swoon-inducing fragrance! When I was a child, I craved the box of 64 I saw inside the desk of one of my first-grade friends. I loved the varied hues and the strange names: vermillion, burnt umber, magenta. I got one or…

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How to Turn Garden Guilt into Virtue In One Easy Lesson

The neighbors on either side of us have lovely gardens. We used to plant our own. For years, however, we have managed to avoid gardening. The soil here is rocky. We travel a lot. Can you tell I’m making excuses? Because other people labor in the soil, we often become the beneficiaries of their generosity….

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On Prayer: From the Starry Night of Childhood to the Morning Light of Now

Yesterday, July 9,2013, I wrote: I’m listening to Barber’s Adagio for Strings conducted by Leonard Bernstein as we fly above the clouds enroute from Phoenix to Houston on the way to the Shenandoah Valley airport via Dulles. It’s going to be a long day. However, I have dedicated this day in advance to a New…

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Living in a State of Grace: What I've Learned from Maya Angelou

When you read this, I will be in the air on my way home to Virginia. So this will be a very short post. I loved this interview with Maya Angelou posted by my author friend Carolyn Butts and posted on her blog several weeks ago. Here’s how it starts: Living In A State of…

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Storytellers: Memoir Encounters at the Grand Canyon

When you come to Phoenix in July, it’s wise to to what the natives do. Get out of town. Go north. My two “sabbath” days from this blog were spent  in the amazing desert/canyon/mountain country of Northern Arizona. Saturday was Sedona and Sunday was the Grand Canyon. Sedona The red rocks rose right up out…

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Good-Bye Phoenix: Signing Out For a Few Days

As another Mennonite Convention ends, I am saying goodnight to the excitement of five days spent in worship, meetings, reunions, and conversation. In times past I have attended the convention as a representative of Goshen College. This time I just moved around the halls as the spirit led me, meeting relatives, former students and colleagues, …

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Making New Friends at the Mennonite Church-USA Convention: Lakota and Choctaw Women

Yesterday, Independence Day, I felt an inward nudge to visit the Native Mennonite American Ministries booth here at the Mennonite gathering in Phoenix. I wanted to know more about Mennonites who are also Native Americans. Writing my memoir Blush has brought more awareness about the long history of this great land. Six generations of my…

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Happy Independence Day: Memoir Photo, Report, and Check-In

Every memoir includes some things and leaves some things out. The picture above didn’t make it into Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World, so I’m sharing it now. My family will be gathering tonight with my sister Doris on top of the hill of what used to be called The Home Place to…

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An Inspiring Gift Leads Me to Ask for Your Memoir Help

Today’s New Beginning just happened to me. And I did nothing to ask for it. It was like grace. Unmerited and free. Did you know that when you pre-order a book on Amazon you can share the news on Facebook and Twitter?  Today one of my Facebook friends, Renee Nofzinger Quistorf, did that. Then she…

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