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I’ve just been writing about spending some time at Woodbrooke, a Quaker center in England where I went in the summer of 1966. I was a young hippie living in France when word reached me that my father had died and it was too late to go back to the US for the funeral. After grieving a while I decided to go to Woodbrooke, as I was getting more interested in Quakerism. My favorite story from my time there was of an older woman who had been imprisoned by the Germans during World War II. She noticed that she always … Continue reading →
I woke up the other morning suddenly understanding something that began over half a century ago. It had puzzled (and vexed) me but suddenly I knew why it had happened that way. What was it? Um, no matter, something very private. What’s blogworthy is the AHA that came to me this week. Another gift to me from writing memoirs!
About five years ago, on my birthday, I began writing a cozy mystery. It became the first of a trilogy, each one taking me something under a year. Actually I had ideas for more plots in the series and was thinking of doing at least five books. Who knows? I still could go back to that, but I did get tired of concentrating on murder and who did it, even though cozies are much lighter than other mysteries. I began to think I’d rather do my memoirs as a series, and that is what I’m doing now. Making much less … Continue reading →
I’m writing the third book of my memoirs, about being a research subject taking LSD in 1964, and I’m noticing how many benefits came from that day. It was kind of like a near-death experience, as I lost any fear of being dead. (I didn’t lose fear of the dying process, though.) It was a mystical experience that opened my eyes to spiritual realities I had known nothing of. It helped me forgive some family members and to accept forgiveness myself. It expanded my interests. And more! Writing the book now, so many years later, is sparking all these things … Continue reading →
To start memoirs, start with list-making. You can do this on a computer or on paper, at home or in a coffee shop, wherever you want. When I got serious about writing about my lfe, I decided right away that I would write a series of books. I did this because various parts of my life would make good stories on their own—and also because I’m not famous (or infamous) enough for people to want to read about me. It may take you more time to figure out your plan. So the first list I made was of books I … Continue reading →