Turning Point Moments

A Second in Time: 1965

January 11, 2013

Sometimes in writing a short memoir, selecting just one memorable scene might be enough. Bring it to life with vivid, sensory detail and then relive it yourself. You may then learn what that singular event meant to you, how it changed you. Share both with the reader: scene and meaning. Here is an unforgettable incident […]

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Back to the Future

October 12, 2012

It was exactly a year ago that Linda Joy Myers and I were chatting after a California Writers Club meeting. When Linda Joy first mentioned the idea of a collection of personal narratives from the 60s & 70s, I found myself immediately wanting to share my life experiences from that era—with some pride. Yet while […]

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Times Anthology: The Conception

October 4, 2012

Imagine the three of us sitting at a table under a 700-year-old spreading oak. Linda Joy is enjoying a glass of red wine with her pasta, I’m drinking white, and Kate a refreshing glass of sparkling water. A breeze swirls the leaves lying on the patio, suggestively lifts the skirt of our tablecloth, and threatens […]

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Boy, Were Those Times A’Changin’

September 28, 2012

  If you were in a time capsule and dropped into the edge of the fifties as they shifted into the sixties, you would see that in the early sixties we were still in the haze of bubble hairdos, tailored outfits, matching sweater sets, and strict mores—especially if you were living in the Midwest. There […]

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The Sixties—1960-63 in a Small Town

September 1, 2012

When I think back to when the sixties began, time telescopes so far back it’s hard to remember it. I was fifteen in 1960, living in a medium-sized Oklahoma town where conformity, strict Christian values and deep racial prejudice reigned. In my town, I had one friend who was a Catholic, whose skin was darker […]

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