Check out this rendering of a row of beautiful brownstone houses by claudiagpearson! Lovely.
I love stories. No surprise since I work in an industry where story is king.
Well, he didn’t fill it. Instead, he filled 12 90-minute tapes, front and back, with the stories of his life. I have listened to them—in their entirety—several times. And each time I listen, I feel like he is still in the room … even though he has been gone for over a year.
Those memories are a gift.
My husband lost his grandma this past Monday. One of the greatest gifts she left her family–in my opinion–is the stack of notebooks she filled with family history. I have looked through them and hope to read them in their entirety soon.
Journaling–specifically writing down memories of days gone by–is a gift to future generations. (As well as an exercise in therapy. Trust me.) I believe so whole-heartedly in journaling memories that I have given workshops and aided retirees in writing down their stories without collecting a penny in return.
Today I am announcing a change to this blog. Beginning this Thursday–and every Thursday for at least the next year–I am going to offer prompts here on the site called Thursday SPARKS. Grab a notebook, open your computer, find a tape recorder … I don’t care how you do it. But each Thursday, I am going to post a SPARK on the blog that you should consider recording your answer to, whether or not you are “a writer.”
What is a SPARK?–a writing prompt that illicits a memory that is:
Simple, Personal, Actual, Recordable, Keep-worthy.
Come back Thursday for more information. I think you’ll be glad you did.