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August 22, 2018

First Date

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:09 pm

What was your first date like with your first love? Oh, do tell all.

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August 21, 2018

Best Book

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:45 pm

babywithbook What was the best book you ever had as a child? Was it a gift from an aunt, uncle, friend? How often did you read it? Do you still have it? Tell about it. Why was it your favorite?

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August 15, 2018


Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:59 pm

Me and Dad 1987

Today I remember my dad. I still miss him so much. I remember when he:

  • took me out for pistachio ice cream
  • carried me over the hot sand until we reached the ocean’s waves
  • drove me to teen parties 30 minutes away then returned to pick me up at midnight in the snow
  • went to the German bakery early on Sunday mornings to buy hot rolls for breakfast and remembered to buy me a tiny cherry pie because it was my favorite
  • spent evenings watching cowboy TV shows together
  • went out on cold nights and returned with a bag of hot chestnuts
  • taught me how to ride a bike
  • picked me up from the airport when I came home from college, even though my mother was angry at him for doing it — my mother did not want me to go to college — she wanted me in Brooklyn having babies
  • taught me how to swim and so much more. . .

Thanks Dad.

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August 14, 2018

Summer Tan

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:55 pm

Brother And Sister At Beach Making Sand Castles How fair is your skin? Do you tan? What kind of tan do you get? Write about an experience you had getting or trying to prevent getting a tan.

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August 13, 2018


Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:05 pm

Young mother and daughter with lettuce How do you handle authority figures? Who taught you the attitude you have about authority figures? How does that attitude affect your adult life?

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August 8, 2018


Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:12 pm

bigstock-Vogue-style-vintage-portrait-35629610What have you done that would shock people? Tell it all.

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August 7, 2018


Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:53 pm

bigstock-Winter-Forest-56265137Have you ever known you were alone somewhere but felt the prescence of someone near? I once rented a 100-year old water tank converted into a little house. One night I was sitting on the floor on a large pillow reading Dostoevsky when I felt the flow of something like a silk scarf move across my ankles. The door and windows were shut. There was no possible way any breeze could have moved through the room. Standing in the bathroom putting on mascara I felt the presence behind me but there was no one there. It felt as if a presence wanted to scare me and get me out of the house. I began talking to the presence befriending ‘it’. When I moved two years later it had moved with me. My boyfriend owned a rocking chair and every time I walked into the room I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the chair was moving. One day my boyfriend walked into the living room with his coffee and stopped dead in his tracks. “I swear every time I walk into this room that chair is moving,” he announced.

I just smiled.

What about you? Every have such an experience with a presence?

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August 6, 2018


Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:38 pm

dad&uncle I miss my family home where my Uncle Harold came over to visit his brother, my father, every Sunday. They would have a few beers, laugh, tease me mercifully, and fill the house with brotherly love. A wonderful reprieve from the constant arguing my parents kept in place each day.

What memory do you miss of your family home? Why? Tell it all. When you write a childhood memory you have two points of view to write it in: 1. from the adult point of view, or 2. as the child currently living it.

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August 5, 2018

There, But . . .

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:03 pm

Fields At The Rainbows End There, but, for the grace of God. How many times have you said that in your long and spectacular life? Write out one of those times in all its details. Why did you think you had been blessed? What happened? What could have happened instead?

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July 31, 2018

Latest One

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:46 pm

Afuera_coverWhat is your latest accomplishment? Mine is having the 2nd book in my children’s series, CanYouFindMyLove? translated into Spanish.

Write out your accomplishment. Who helped you? Did you do it yourself? How does it feel now that the project is finished?

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