Exploring Tomes and Tombs

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energy-saving-lamp-shape-heart-8297227So my purpose for today’s blog is to remind to myself that “energy flows where attention goes,” an adage that I used to motivate myself when I was engrossed in writing my memoir “Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected.” Once again, I need reassurance from myself that time spent writing will be worth every minute in personal fulfillment payoff.

There is a person of interest in my family who I have begun researching. The information about my ancestor here-to-fore has been very sketchy and for me, of little interest. Thanks to help from a genealogy librarian, I now have more reason to turn my attentiveness to this person, a blood relative removed by a few generations.

I have been inspired by members of the genealogy club and the genealogy writers group at the Bud Werner Memorial Library to move forward with the knowledge. The tracing of the story will most likely require some intercontinental research. I’ve seen through other people’s genealogy projects how in this  day and age of digital technology, there are fewer obstacles to finding out information originating in other countries than there was decades ago.

If you are interested in genealogy, you might enjoy the PBS Show Finding Your Roots, with Henry Louis Gates, a Harvard scholar. The purpose of the show is  “to unearth the family histories of influential people helping shape our national identity.” See the website to confirm when it is broadcast in your area.

To sum things up,  I am pursuing an interest that begins with my family roots. The historical value in the family member should not be allowed to smolder and die. To me it’s important and hopefully to others it will also be interesting.

Ultimately I’d like to shed more light on the historical story through my writing if I can do it in a way that will not take the rest of my lifetime!

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Oh, To Have Faith

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I have to laugh at my sister. I think she is more excited than I am about my book. Just revealing the front and back cover last week has given the entire family a thrill because I have been very secretive about what’s between the covers.

The other day my twin sent me a link to an article saying “You’ll appreciate this story.  In addition to having common roots in Baltimore along with this featured author, you two share the experience of having been  factory workers. (The link to the story Factory Worker turns Poet wins $100,000 is below.) Yes, it’s true I am now  a published author and I was a factory worker but my prize money has yet to come through!

One summer, when my sister and I were in high school in the late 1960’s we worked in a factory in the middle of BaltimoreCity. The facility handled medical records via micro-film (micro-fiche). My job was to cut and splice the film and stuff the film into plastic sleeves for historical recordkeeping. I worked all alone in a dark room, so that I could see what I was doing.

I was so envious of my sister! She worked in a big bright room next door with six or eight other women. They jived all day long to the sounds of Motown as they labored. So many times I was tempted to ask the boss if I could trade places and jobs with my sister. At the end of the day, my sister kept recounting how the women she worked with got up and danced around the room when a song from the Temptations or Supremes or Four Tops hit their fancy. The women really had heart and soul, evidently.

decision to tryI share this article about the factory worker turned poet who wins $100,000 with anyone out there who has dreams of becoming published:

http://on-msn.com/1cUH8MB.

No matter what you are doing now, it’s possible to add “writer” to your resume. Only you can make it happen! For me, it all started with writing a blog. In today’s world of independent publishing, there is nothing in this world that should stop you.  Dream, take action and find your own personal fulfillment in writing!

Oh, my sister has so much faith in my writing. She says she knows she will love my upcoming publication “Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected. ” Let me tell you a secret. She will! There are parts of the tale that are uniquely mine but part of the story is hers also!

Look forward to your return to All Things Fulfilling tomorrow. This blog brought to you by www.CornerstoneFulfillmentService.com.

Generational Differences

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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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