Happy birthday, Mama! Happy birthday, me!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy birthday, Mama! Happy birthday, me!.

Deborah is such a wonderful writer.  She found her voice chronicaling her mother’s life and challenges, and what’s resulted is a real love of writing.

I have always loved to write, but writing my mother’s stories has given me the confidence and strength to actually let other people read what I write.

Mothers are such a source of inspiration in so many ways- I would love to know if you agree, or if there is another source of inspiration for you as a writer, a painter, a whatever it is that brings you joy.

Happy Birthday Deb!

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Memories Should Not Be Made of This

July 4, 2012 - Small Fireworks

July 4, 2012 – Small Fireworks (Photo credit: kndynt2099)

The beautifully written post Missed Memories moves me to write something deep from within my heart.

My mother just turned 88 this past July 4th, and like iscribblings said about her grandmother in the post below, we always celebrate my mother’s birthday like it’s a holiday- because, well it is. But that was not the case this year.

This year tension so sharp and so deep can choke you if you get too close. You see, not all of my mother’s children can stand to be in the same room together.

I am not writing about blame, or about who did what to whom, or who can’t cope, or who can get so pissed off as to decide not to be part of this family anymore. The fact is the family is shattered. Continue reading

Memories are Not Made of This

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Things are always happening around us and to us.  We feel our hearts race when we encounter a surprise (like getting an extra large chocolate chip in your ice cream), and we hold onto those memories for quick lifts during dull days.

I just wish I could remember more happy little surprises as the days roll on and the years speed by.  I had read somewhere that our notion of time flying as we grow older is due to our brain’s already well-stocked memory.  So, as we go along our day to day lives, nothing has quite the same sparkle as when we were younger – nothing surprises us anymore.

The advice, of course, was to create and experience new sensations so that time “slows” and our brains stay active.

My brain needs a good kick to remember details (that’s why I blog, scrapbook and journal).  It’s not like I…

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