Generational Differences


If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.”  ~ Tennessee Williams 

My creative writing class is almost over. This week I’ll turn in my portfolio. I accomplished what I set out to do. “I started with what I had and gave it all I’ve got.” Taking the course forced me to write about things I would not have taken the time to otherwise compose. The class opened up my eyes to additional ways of critiquing my own writing, the value and joy of writing poetry, and the importance of every single word and description in pulling together a satisfying piece of writing.  

Personal fulfillment came in unexpected ways, beyond the writing. Enrolling in a class filled with a range of ages of students was interesting. Each student brought their own perspectives, dialect, and experiences into their writing compositions. The generational differences in vocabulary used to communicate a point was astounding.  

last-child-in-natureOur final project was to write a composition of creative non-fiction using an incident from our life as the basis of the narrative. We were asked to remember and return in our minds to the neighborhood  where we grew up. For me, that was easy . I was astonished to find out from the remarks of some students, who grew up during the same era as my son, they had little, to no memory, of playing outside in a neighborhood. They voiced their recall of playing video games, watching TV and playing with toys that were “hot” on the market during their childhoods.  

The notion that kids don’t play the way they used to, outside in nature is, I believe, truthful. Could it be why our world has changed so dramatically? No wonder our relationships with people are suffering. Children interact with others through digital devices rather than face to face in today’s world. Time spent learning about working together, solving solutions as a group, negotiating between friends with different personalities and opinions has become more limited. 

My observances in the creative writing class inspired a resolution for me this coming year. I will spend less hours on digital devices that make working remotely so easy.  I will find a little more time  away from the company of my computer.

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Wrinkles from Delight are Best


If you read yesterday’s blog, you know of my struggles. I’ve been working on an elegy for my creative writing class. Last night, my trials and tribulations continued as I tried to nail down just the right words symbolizing a grievous time in a person’s life.  The professor said I am  “intellectualizing it” rather than “feeling it.” Her point is well taken, I understand what she is saying.

It has been a challenge, and I think it shows in my writing. To me, it is not fun to write about morose things.I so enjoyed writing my memoir because although the beginning was a bit uncomfortable to write, the tale takes some fulfilling turns that are unanticipated. Click here for info and ordering Gift of a Lifetime:Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected.

Last night when I turned off the computer , I picked up a book called Watching Grandma Circle the Drain. It was the perfect cure-all to brighten my spirits after being engrossed in dark, depressing writing. The essay called “Hairdresser’s Lament” had me on the floor laughing.Click here for info & ordering

The author of the book, Allen Smith, is a humor writer whose perspective has been said to be “gritty.” Definitely, adult comedy. It’s been mentioned on ABC’s The View and has appeared in publications such as The Denver Post, The Writer Magazine, The Vail Daily, The Aspen News and LIVESTRONG.COM, just to name a few. For more information on Smith’s writing, please visit

Through his creative writing, Allen Smith reminds the reader to live with joy by laughing at ourselves and not to take life so seriously. One might describe Smith as a healing artist. He helps the reader see the ridiculous in careers, aging, men’s issues, medical situations, dating, sport, and other relatable subjects.

Watching Grandma Circle the Drain is a perfect gift for people who think “wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~ Mark Twain

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