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My Memoir Group

Oct 25 2014

This a a fun way to learn more about your friends or newly formed aquaintances. Once a month about six to eight of us in our community gather to share a one or two page essay about ourselves. We meet in each others homes and generally serve coffee/tea and a treat.  Oftentimes someone will make a fuss and serve a family favorite coffee cke, or delightful muffins.  It is up to the hostess, but we try to keep things simple. Our mission in getting together is threefold: to have fun, to get to know each other better and  to improve our writing skills.

I recommend this kind of group both because it is inexpensive and so much fun! Each month we pick a topic.  They have ranged from A Bad Hair Day to My Most Embarrassing Moment  to A Vacation I Will Never Forget to A Culinary Disaster in my Own Kitchen. We make a copy for ourselves and for eachof the members so that as we read our story orally, they may follow along. There is no end of topics to consider and you are limited only by your own imaginations. We have all laughed and cried.  Sometimes we have laughed so hard, we cried.

If you are looking for something novel to try, consider forming a Memoir Group.  I have participated for about three years and I look forward to each of our gatherings.  We have no bylaws.  It is very informal.  When someone drops out, we may consider a replacement member, but the entire group must feel comforatble with the new invited guest.  At the end of each meeting we ask fo a volunteer hostess for the coming month.  We also brainstorm ideas for the next topic.

I have been saving my stories during this time.  I plan to make a collection in a book and give these little snipets of my oral history to my children.  That way, my children and grandchildren may have a good laugh and also get to know me better.  I often wish my parents had done that.  They are both deceased and I think of how many amazing stories I would have enjoyed reading from both of them.

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  Hello, Carol. Thank you for sharing such a great idea! My girls often want to know things about when I was growing up. While I've shared some stories, I've chosen not to share others. At least not until I'm much older and they can no longer say... "but you used to..." :) In the meantime, I've begun a collection of photo books to capture brief moments in time. I look forward to leaving those to my grandson one day along with my own memoir for my girls, so I can share all the beautiful stories I hold in my heart about growing up, falling in love, and people that have made a difference in my life. While I've wanted to do this for some time, I must admit it's only been and idea... You've motivated me to put my idea to pen and paper (or at least keyboard and computer), and begin to capture the story of my life...
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sraquababe  I'm happy to hear you are motivated to preserve your stories. I think it can forge a closer bond and understanding between the generations. And I also agree about your kids being old enough not to say, "But you did....". Keep on writing!
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Meet Carol

You might say Carol is constantly on the go. She lives in the West Valley, plays golf, practices yoga, acts in local plays, and volunteers at the Southwest Family Advocacy Center. She loves to travel, and still maintains her license in marriage and family therapy.

For Carol, the key is staying active.

“I think we get old because we stop moving. We don’t stop moving because we get old,” says Carol. Today, Carol teaches a water fitness class and works out for two hours every other day.

“I am rewarded by the stories that come back, the people who say that movement is easier for them now, that they are more flexible or they sleep better at night,” says Carol.

Carol also connects to her community by participating in a neighborhood card group and joining clubs. She misses her family in the Midwest, but encourages others to “take a little risk. Because you need to take a risk if you are going to try something new.”

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