Maria Popova’s blog, Brain Pickings, continues to open my world to the many artists who commit themselves to the fight to preserve freedom and other precious awarenesses. We forget, but she reminds us in her article, “Rachel Carson’s Brave and Prescient 1953 Letter Against the Government’s Assault on Science and Nature that new administrations have previously attempted to destroy the free world for their own agendas and profit. I am reminded of the Voltaire quote that I use in my show,
To understand that we have a commitment, too and that we can and will make a difference is very important right now. We don’t have much in the way of assurance. We need to know that what we are going through is extreme, but also that we have overcome things like this before and will do so again. It’s just that we live in a tech world that has taken us speedily and in shorthand to another dimension. Too fast. Too quickly. Too across the board.
I know it is against the modern ethos of society, but it really makes a difference when you can stop and think and think and pause and sometimes just STOP. Not give up, but realign our thoughts to make the difference we all want to make to correct what appears to be an apocalyptic trajectory.
Love (the greatest power of all) – Sally-Jane
I will admit there are days when I feel BLAH! But I have never felt BLOG! I am learning that you don’t feel a blog. I think you think and then write a blog.
Here is what I propose. Let’s you and I come up with a better word to describe expressing our thoughts and creative ideas. My blog is open and ready to receive the “new word” for Sally-Jane Heit bloggers. See what I mean? It sounds like we have a disease.
While I wait to hear from you, let’s “tawk”!
So you want to write a memoir. Let me be the first to tell you that you do not need an interesting story. You need an interesting way to write your story. If you want to write THE great American novel, FUGGETABOUTIT!
Here’s a quote to get your juices flowing, an excerpt from Anna Quindlen‘s commencement address at Mount Holyoke College in 1999,
“…every story has already been told. Once you’ve read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbirdand A Wrinkle in Time,you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had.”
Please let me know what you think that something is… It really is the first step in recognizing you have the will and the drive to make a memoir. What is it??