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a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CELEBRATION 2.28.15


Yesterday, my dad sent me an e-mail requesting some old photographs of dogs we had throughout my childhood.  He wants to order prints to frame.  He has been doing some redecorating since his girlfriend (of twelve years) left.  I appreciate that my dad is finding peace in filling the holes left by her belongings with reminders of our past.

I dug out my tote of old photographs (a box to which my response has long been one of these days I need to scan these photos).  Fifteen minutes quickly turned into an hour of flipping through images.  Though, it was not the shuffling of paper film that drew me in.  It was the pleasure of being immersed in my history.

Early this morning, I finished Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson.  It was a quiet story about a girl, Ari, who learns about herself--her history, who she is now, and who she wants to become--when she finds herself unexpectedly homeless.  Just like Jacobson's As Small As An Elephant, it is filled with gem-like lines and special moments.   As Ari begins to realize her story is worth sharing, she says, "...I realize that I don't have to be ashamed of my truth." This is a message that, even as a grown-up, I cannot hear too often: my story matters, my truth is worth sharing

Sometimes the universe has this way of giving us just what we need at just the right moment.  I have been absent from this blog recently.  More importantly, I have been absent from my own writing life.  My photographs and Jacobson's words reminded me this weekend that I am made up of stories--stories I've shared and stories waiting to be shared.

Reading images of my past and reading Paper Things have served to inspire me to begin putting words on the page again.  What a timely happenstance!  Tomorrow night, the Teach and Celebrate Writers Twitter chat I co-host with Ruth Ayres will be guest hosted by Aimee Buckner, who will talk about the connection between reading and writing.  Please join us!

5 comments:

  1. I am so busy, as I'm sure you are, too, Christy-miss hearing your words! Will try to be with you tomorrow night-love Aimee Buckner's words too! Sorry for your dad but sounds like he's doing okay. I've heard about Paper Things, doing more YA lately. Cheers!

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  2. Yes you are made up of stories, just like these that I am delighted to read when you share. It is touching that you can help you Dad in his readjusting time and sweet that he wanted pictures of your dogs! Fun to see younger you poking through your photo stack, too!

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  3. Tweeted you on Sunday morning before visiting blogs. I am glad to read your words. I wish I could join the chat but the timing doesn't work for me. I hope you will return to this place to share your stories.

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  4. Yea. The first Sunday of the month. I missed last month :( but am excited to join in today. I've missed your words, but always know that you are there. Keep sharing your stories!

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  5. Good to finally find you. I've been looking on TWT. Then I remembered Ruth's blog. I have had writing issues myself. It is March, a time to begin again. Thanks for commenting on my OLW post this year. I do love the OLWs. I find myself "defining" more than any other word I've chosen. Time to write about it, too.

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