I was honour-bound really to dig deep and bring memories, perhaps, that had been suppressed for a long time, that I would have preferred, perhaps, to remain in the sediment of my life.
But having done that and having got through this process, I now feel so much better. And I'm advising everyone I meet, all of my friends and everybody - people in the street, 'Write your own book.' Whether you publish it or not, it feels really good." ~ from Katie Couric's interview with the musician Sting, about his book Broken Music Ultimately, memoir writing is about giving a piece of oneself to history.
I've really forgiven people in my life and forgiven myself. "This is the truest thing anyone can do," says Pat Lee, quoted in the story "Library helps memoirists tell their story" (Alex Parker, Chicago Tribune 10-16-09) I wanted it to sound natural, he said.
Paula Stallings Yost and Pat Mc Nees, with a foreword by Rick Bragg (.95). Spanning more than a century, these intriguing reflections of personal as well as global social and political history are told in the unique voice and viewpoint of each storyteller." ~ Susan Wittig Albert, author, Writing from Life, founder, Story Circle Network This anthology sings with Walt Whitmans spirit of democracy, a celebration of our diversity. "I think when we dont speak things out loud, when they stay inside of us, they take on a different meaning. I think when we speak and hear our own words out loud and remember things behind the words and the feelings, it takes on a different meaning.Each selection is a song of self; some have perfect pitch, some the waver of authenticity. a family knows itself to be a family through its shared stories." ~ Daniel Taylor, in The Healing Power of Stories"A friend took me to Story Corps as a gift, as a surprise. So I thought I was going into I had no idea what I was going in to do. So I became not only a speaker, but also the listener, of my own words.Yes, I'm mentioned here: Telling Their Life Stories, Older Adults Find Peace in Looking Back (Susan B.Garland, Retiring, Your Money, NY Times, 12-9-16) Storytelling, so important in late life, may be facilitated in many ways, including Guided Autobiography classes (in which participants write stories to read aloud each week, on themes such as Money and Work), other forms of memoir writing workshops, telling one's story to a hired personal historian (to be captured in print, audio, or video), or participating in dignity therapy (as part of end-of-life treatment).Going Home Again (David Brooks, NY Times, 3-20-14).
"Most of us have an urge, maybe more as we age, to circle back to the past and touch the places and things of childhood. Songs exploded from his head.""If you want to keep a memory as is, you carve it into a story.All demonstrate the power of the word to salvage from the onrush of life, nuggets worth saving. bonds people together far more than shared chromosomes . And it had a profound effect upon me." ~Mary Caplain, about her experience doing a 40-minute interview with Story Corps (link below)I can't stress enough how different it is to write about the real and the unreal.~ Tristine Rainer, author of Your Life as Story and Writing the New Autobiography"Do I -- do we -- remember only those scenes that fit neatly into the central narrative in which we're most invested, the one that dovetails most cleanly and neatly with the sense of self that we've chosen or that's been imposed on us by the people around us? When I started writing my memoir my whole metabolism changed.People do it all the time: they destroy papers; they leave instructions in their wills for letters to be burned." "Bell wrote in 2001, to announce that he had finished the first part of his archive, he said that the obsolescence of software and technology was a threat to a computer archive. I wrote an article called Dear Appy for applications.A lot of things you may not be able to read a decade later, he said. Basically, it was saying, Dear Appy, How committed are you? Data can be lost in a disk, in a system, it can be lost in a standard somewhere. If you look at all the problems that we can think about in the decade, ten, fifty, a hundred years, thats by far No. The one that bugs me more than anything else is that. " in The New Yorker"When Ken Schrader told me Herman's story would not be the one people would expect, I was intrigued. And by the time we finished he had made me realize that he is one of the most fascinating people to ever strap on a helmet." ~ Frank Bruni, Memoirs and Memory (by the author of Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater Families are united more by mutual stories -- of love and pain and adventure -- than by biology. I'd just turned 50 and I assumed it was just age, but I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning and I had the most delicious lie-ins of my life!