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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Insecure Writers Support Group - May
I'm excited this month, not feeling at all insecure - yet. I've begun a new writing project. It's something that began years ago, while I was still caring for aging parents and in-laws. I did some interviews, jotted down notes, and then went to Ireland and Scotland on vacation and that damned voice, er, Muse, came and for the next six years I was a slave, er, was devoted to writing my novel.
Then, last week, I witnessed an exchange between a grandmother and her two granddaughters. Long story short, the girls said something, grandma responded. The girls laughed at her because her response was out of context to what they were talking about. There was no opportunity to tell them it was a hearing issue, not a cognitive issue because that would have embarrassed grandma. On the way home, the ideas began pouring out of me about how this country treats older people. The girls meant no harm. They didn't understand. I want to write a book about being a baby boomer who cared for aging parents and a baby boomer who is now considered a "senior" herself.
I don't know whether this will be a series of essays or a full length non-fiction guidebook, or what. At this stage, it's gestating and I'm opening myself up to what it's meant to be. I haven't felt this excited about a writing project in a long time.
How about you?