Magical Memoir Moments

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 Hallmark  — a Memoir Cupid who sends us pangs of joy or sorrow from our past. Scientists who study memory know that…

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Why There’s More than Enough Love to Go Around

It’s tempting to think of love as finite. A loving mother can help her children to trust the infinite nature of love. Were you fortunate enough to have a loving mother? If not, how have you found love in your life? Today’s writing prompt: Can you tell as story of the day that you touched…

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August 2, 1969

The Frugal Traveler: A Mini-Memoir

The pattern started on our honeymoon, 1969, 40 years ago.  Stuart had $600 in his checking account when we got married.  I spent all the money I earned that summer– the summer of my 21st birthday, the summer of Woodstock and the moon landing, and the summer of our wedding– on the wedding dress, flowers,…

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