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His Excuse Was Amnesia. What's Yours?

My Friday morning Life Stories classes meet in the library of the local senior center. During a class last week, a gentleman came in to drop off some books while one of the women in class was telling about an experience she had during a driving trip out West. When the woman finished talking, the man turned toward us from the stacks to share his own car story — about the time he proved his 1961 Ford could go 145 mph! I asked the man if he had ever written down any of his tales. He said he doesn’t remember much since waking up in the hospital one day with amnesia. Have you written any of YOUR stories? Today, it’s not too late. Tomorrow, it might be. #writing

Laughing While You Write

Writing your life story is an opportunity like no other to look back on and share funny moments. A 90-year-old client and I shared many laughs over this memory of hers: “Ever since I can remember, my mother raised chickens. I used to play with them when I was a girl. When I got tired of my brothers when we lived at the Lisman Place, I’d go out and sit on the roost and talk to Mom’s speckled Dominickers and Rhode Island Reds. “Sometimes I’d sit in a chicken nest — a tub with straw in it — and pretend I WAS a chicken. I’d see them walk by sometimes when I was sitting there. I wondered what they thought.” A woman who spent her career working in an insurance office recalled: “One of our teenage