Magical Memoir Moments

Tina, Mary, me, Gloria. Graduation Day, 1970.

The Ultimate Touchstone of Friendship: Witness

Mary, Tina, and Gloria were the main characters in the mini memoir of my life called The College Years. Here we are about to graduate. Tina appears to have the stage. There were a few things we still didn’t know. šŸ™‚ Like all graduates, we had no idea of where we would ultimately live, travel,…

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Graduation Day Eastern Mennonite College, 1970: Elvin Kraybill, me, Myron Augsburger, Conrad Brunk. Truman Brunk

Commencement: Go Where There Is No Path

Ā “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,” –Ralph Waldo Emerson. Graduation Day 1970. I was nervous and excited. My friend Elvin and I were the student commencement speakers. We marched with the college president. After that day, we would not see each other…

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Spring Banquet 1967.

When the Lost Thing Appears: The Completion of a Circle

A month ago, I looked everywhere I could think of for Spring Banquet photos. Then last week, looking for a photo of our friend Joel, I found the two pictures that had eluded my search. Here is the date who found the corsage I lost. Sometimes when our minds are totally consumed by other thoughts,…

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Our Friend Joel’s Life Legacy: Eternal Laughter and Love

I had planned to write about graduation. Now it is otherwise. I had planned to enjoy a riotous old age with this man as friend. Now it is otherwise. Our friend Joel, cartoonist, script writer, story teller, died May 8. He was walking with his wife Nancy. The hidden clot in his lung grabbed him.…

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The Red, Red Rose of Memory: A Surprise Update

This rose is 48 years old. When it dropped from my shoulder in the dark, my date promised to come back the next morning and look for it. He found it along the path we walked on College Avenue. Why do I still have this rose? Because my “date” became my husband. And his trip…

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The tree outside the chapel building. Spring, 2015

An Old Tree Growing Stronger: The Thrill of Discovering My Younger Self

Walking across campus with my college sweetheart brings back many memories. Outside the chapel, a tree stopped my in my tracks. “This is the one!” I exclaimed. I recognized the branches, remembered climbing into them as a college senior. I rushed home to look at the yearbook picture again. Do you see what I see?…

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Northlawn Residence Hall, Eastern Mennonite University

Do You Have a Landscape of Love? A Walk Down Memory Lane

This is Northlawn, my college dorm, 1966-1969. I fell in love with Stuart in the spring of 1967. He was a grand senior. I was a lowly “frosh.” Stuart pinned a red rose corsage on my lime green Spring Banquest dress while I stood on the porch of that dorm. Now, after 45 years of…

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Doves on the Deck

Seven Lessons from My Lenten Sabbatical

I expected that a Lenten Fast would give me a time to rest. I craved a less active, more contemplative, life. Did I get it? Well, yes. What improved? Exercise. At least an hour/day of stretching, weights, walking, yoga, and even a little jogging. I feel stronger and leaner, especially when I wear Spandex biking…

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Richard Gilbert’s Memoir Shepherd: A Masterpiece of Rumination

Did you know that there are 150 ruminant species living on earth? Sheep, goats, and cattle, however, play a special role. About 10,000 years ago they helped bring us agriculture and the familiar landscape of pastures and meadows. I learned that fact from one of my favorite guides to memoir, Richard Gilbert, whose posts and…

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100 Magical Memoir Moments: A Possible New Book?

Have you ever walked out the door, sniffed the air, and felt an arrow fly into your heart? I think there must be another kind of Cupid in addition to the one at HallmarkĀ  — a Memoir Cupid who sends us pangs of joy or sorrow from our past. Scientists who study memory know that…

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