The PB & J Massacre
A to Z Theme 2016
For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The PB & J Massacre
Saturday, October 13, 2012
George was diagnosed with liver cancer in August, but it had probably been present for some time prior to that. He had been experiencing discomfort in the abdomen for some time, but had attributed it to digestive problems. We don't know for sure if it was the cancer then, but now we know for sure. As I write this, George lies in a comatose state in a hospital in Maryville, Tennessee. The doctors give him two days to two weeks--it looks like we're closer to the shorter prognostication.
I'll be leaving on Sunday (it's Friday night right now) to go back to Tennessee to say my good-bye to George and spend some time with my mother. She's having a tough time with this and I'm sure there are some very difficult days ahead for her. Since I live in California I rarely get to visit them. Fortunately, my brothers and sisters live close to our mother and will be able to give her plenty of support and love.
The upcoming days will be days of reflection and reminiscing. It will be one of those happy and sad times when families are brought together due to the passing of one. I'm getting to the age where I'll be having more and more times like this. There have been better reunions in the past and I hope more happier ones to come in the future. George's passing is going to leave a big empty space in the family gatherings.
Someday I'll write more about George, but I will say this about him now: George was one heck of an American patriot. He came to America from Poland when he was a young man. He served his adopted country in the U.S. Army after World War Two. He loved John Wayne movies, big band music, and anything that symbolized America. He had one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know.
George, even though you were heading toward 70 when I met you and I was pushing 50, I feel like I've known you all my life. I wish I could hear more of your stories and share more of your wisdom and passions in life. I was away so much of the time and never got to know you as well as I would have liked .
Life is like that. We think maybe next time we'll have time to visit more and talk more. But there never seems to be enough time. I'm going to miss George.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
There are a number of theories and philosophies about the stages of human life. These stages may number from three or four to as many as twelve to fifteen, depending on considerations of what is being measured. The criteria can be based on biological, sociological, or psychological factors. All views are relevant and totally appropriate according to the outlook of the viewer. From my point of view I would like to consider the four stages of life as seen through the eyes of the memoir writer.
I would posit that there are essentially four major general stages that affect the memoirist:
- The developmental years of infancy to preschool age childhood. (from birth to about age 5)
- School days (from about age 5 until the early twenties and in some cases later)
- Work years (Generally starting as early as age 18 or even earlier and ending usually at retirement)
- Age of reflection (Usually starting in the sixties until ones death.)
This slice of life writing is a topical memoir that tends to focus on a notable period of a person's life to date. A memoir of this nature might for example look at a young person's experience of being bullied and how they overcame it, or a battered spouse's ordeal and eventual escape from the situation, or a successful business person's rise to success. These types of memoirs are not the complete story when looked back upon, but merely chapters of the larger life story.
My intent in this post is to establish a groundwork for some future posts I will be presenting that will look at each of the four stages of memoir writing. Forgive my ruminating, as I hold no claim to expertise on this topic. The views that I am expressing here and in future posts are in a sense for the sake of personal contemplation and to seek other opinions about this topic. I look forward to hearing some of your thoughts about this.
What are your views on memoir writing? Do you agree with the stages I've proposed? Which life stage do you think has the most impact on an individual? Which stage is richest for memoir material?
I welcome guest posts on any of these topics if you have something special you'd like to discuss about one of them.