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May 23, 2017

In Transition

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 3:03 pm

Yellow White Blank Delivery Van Truck Of My Trucks Series How many life transitions have you had? Did the transition involve a geographical change, marital change, career change, health and healing matter?

My life has been challenged by dozens of transitions on many topics. These life changes can be difficult if they are wanted and traumatic is they are not. What were your transitions? Where did these changes take you? Write your story-as-lived narrative. These transitions change your life, can lead you through an unwanted experienced to a fulfilled dream-come-true. These stories are your memoir. Write them in all the details.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 18, 2017

Prompt – Relatives

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 3:24 pm

dad&uncle My favorite relative was my Uncle Harold, pictured on the right. He and my father, on the left, were eleven years apart and best friends. My Uncle  adored his little brother. He had a contagious laugh, a loud voice – as do all the Marquarts, visited every Sunday for as long as I can remember, and was always pulling small pranks. His sense of humor was often devious, putting ketchup on the crotches of underwear on the clothesline, or quietly moving something in the house to drive my mother crazy. Since I rarely knew what he was up to, I’d often be on high alert when he came over. That alone made him tease me unmercifully. Uncle Harold had an allergy to the skin of a peach and that was my power. As a young teen, I’d chase him around the dining room table, holding out the peach. My father would have to come to his rescue. My father adored his big brother. My Uncle was kind and funny and I always felt loved by him. He introduced me to gardening and gave me the tightest hug when I flew home after recovering from a paralyzing illness, deep in tears. He adored my father — was always there for him when my father needed to talk. When my father died, my uncle was a torn man.  Uncle Harold was a wonderful example of loyalty, family honor, humor, and faithfulness, and I miss him so very much, especially on Sundays. And I adored them both.

Who was your favorite relative? What kind of relationship did you have with this relative and how did he/she make a difference in your life?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 17, 2017

Memoir

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:04 pm

idea What ideas do you have about your relationship with your parents that you would put in your memoir?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 16, 2017

Uniqueness

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:15 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera We have to grow according to our own uniqueness. In what ways has your life taken its direction because of your uniqueness. What has that journey been like? What would you have done differently or not changed at all, despite any difficulties. This journey belongs to you and only you . What is it like?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com     CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 13, 2017

Shame

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:08 pm

Childhood Independence Concept - Little Boy Dressing Up Shame makes us want to hide. Write about a time you were shamed. What did you do? How did you handle it? How did that situation change you?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com

CanyouFindMyLove.com

May 12, 2017

Mothers

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:27 pm

Young mother and daughter with lettuce Everyone has a mother whether they were raised by her, abandoned, given up for adoption, or, unfortunately, she passed away. Whatever story we have about our mothers, we have one. Was the relationship tumultuous, was she your best friend, or have you moved out of her circle completely?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com    CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 8, 2017

Temptations

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:04 pm

Vegetable garden - little gardener with harvests of organic toma  Have you ever been tempted to take something or do something you knew you shouldn’t do? What was it? Were you with others? What happened as a result of giving in to temptation?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com     CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 6, 2017

Thoughts

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:38 pm

fortitude What kind of thoughts do you have about yourself?  There is a series of thoughts that run through your mind about who you think you are. What are they? If you were to write a poem like the one above, how would it read? Why?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com        CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 5, 2017

Taking a Minute

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:30 pm

annelamott When was the last time you took a minute for yourself? Why did you need alone time? What did you do? How did it revive you? Did you wait too long before taking time for yourself? How often do you take time for yourself?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com     CanYouFindMyLove.com

May 4, 2017

Your Story

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:31 pm

hugo If you were to write your story, where would you begin? Would you begin with your childhood, your mother, discovering love, a developing a philosophy? Would you speak of the inner strength that got you over obstacles and through darkness? Would you speak of your travels? Where would you start?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com     CanYouFindMyLove.com

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