#SOL20 Day 19 “Bedroom Window”

SOL20This March I will be participating in the montOld Friend from Far Awayh-long Slice of Life Challenge. Each day I will be posting a ‘slice’ from my life. This year I am using Natalie Goldberg’s book Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir to provide my sparks for memoir writing. Each post will be a quick write using one of Natalie’s exercises to practice the skill of noticing and remembering.

Today I thought about how remembering isn’t just about recalling exact events, but thinking about our perceptions and our dreams that influenced our lives as well.

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What was outside your bedroom window? Was it really? Is that what matters?

10 thoughts on “#SOL20 Day 19 “Bedroom Window”

  1. I don’t know that book but have loved her writing in other books. I’m going to check it out (and wish I could use our library system ..but alas .. shuttered). Thanks for sharing.
    Kevin

    1. I love a real book, but over the years have grown to embrace digital books and audiobooks. Looks like I will be leaning on those a lot more in the coming days!

    1. I am really enjoying this book. I am not posting some of the more painful memory exercises as you can imagine, but it has been fascinating to see how the prompts spark unanticipated thinking so often!

  2. I am enjoying all your slices. I will have to try “Right outside my bedroom window” at some point. I like your conclusion – it can lead to a description based in reality or a memory that is purely fantasy. I used to sneak downstairs to watch late-night horror films on t.v. after my parents went to bed. Then I could not get to sleep – I had scared myself silly!

  3. Nikki Grimes has a fascinating definition of memoir and the way we piece realities together in her book “Ordinary Hazards.” My copy is on loan to a friend, so I can’t quote her here. But your fears were real so they’re a real memory regardless of the reality.

  4. “What memories matter to us? The reality or our perceptions?” This resonates with me, as I tend to remember feelings more than facts, especially about my childhood. It’s the feelings that imprint more deeply, I think; otherwise, a tree is just a tree, a house just a house. I am really liking your responses to the prompts!

  5. Love Goldberg and have several of her books, but not this one.Thank you for this “spark” …

    Once I dreamed my sister and I were standing at my bedroom window and we saw an angel pass by. I remember it to this day …

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