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#SOL20 Day 16 “National Emergency Declared”

SOL20This March I will be participating in the month-long Slice of Life Challenge. I’m encouraging everyone I know to keep a journal during this historic moment in time. Our world is changing so incredibly fast and capturing our experience would be an amazing gift to our future selves and future generations. I started a new notebook on Friday (the day the pandemic was declared) and shared that in my slice yesterday. I won’t share all the entries from this notebook, but here is a glimpse at Saturday’s entry. I am embedding QR codes and URLs into my notebook so that I can document some primary sources (videos/websites) that I can’t enter directly into my notebook.

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How are you documenting these strange and uncharted waters? How has your life changed or remained the same? What do you wish you knew about a moment in history from someone who lived through it? Ask yourself that question now and answer it.

#SOL20 Day 15 “Becoming a Primary Source”

SOL20I’ve spent the 1st half of March slicing to memoir prompts from Natalie Goldberg’s book Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir , but we are in the midst of some historic times and I felt reflecting on my distant history was less relevant and imperative than documenting and slicing about my current time and experience in history. historianToday I am writing to a New Friend from Here and Now!  My nErDy buddy, Lesley Burgess posted and tagged me in this tweet from a historian that expressed exactly how I feel about this moment in time. I keep a journal every day; have ever since junior high. I am a part of the #100DaysofNotebooking group, and I’ve been saving news clips and writing micropoetry on them for the past 3 years. I am all about documenting and writing, but I want to be much more organized and deliberate during this consequential time. On Friday, I started a notebook specifically dedicated to documenting my experience with the Covid-19 Pandemic (as this was the day it was officially declared a pandemic). I’m not sure if I’ll share these all as slices, but my mental and physical energy is consumed in the moment and I want my writing to be connected to my heart and mind right now.  Here is a look at my first day (how ironic that it was Friday the 13th!)

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How are you recording your experiences? How can you document these events through your own unique and personal lens-the way no one else could? Could you make it multimodal to include photos, links to videos and sites, or other related graphs, information, and images? You could become a primary source for your great-great-grandchildren. I know they would find it a gift. It could be a cathartic gift to yourself, too.

#SOL20 Day 14 “Driving”

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.

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What memories do you have about driving? When you start writing them down, where do they take you? Are they funny? Scary? Somewhere in between? Does this prompt transport you back to 16 the way it did for me?

#SOL20 Day 13 “Quiet”

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.

It is hard not to slice about the coronavirus and social distancing measures that are dramatically altering our personal lives and creating a new societal normal. This prompt from Natalie actually helped me to stay centered amidst this chaos.

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How has SILENCE and QUIET fit into your life?

What role are they playing in your recent days?

#SOL20 Day 12 “NO” (thank you)

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.

    Begin a 10 minute writing with No Thank You. Every time you get stuck write        No Thank You and keep going.

If you are trying to avoid political posts this won’t be your slice du jour–sorry, not sorry.

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What comes to your mind when you start with the phrase, “No thank you”?

#SOL20 Day 11 “Something”

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 noticing and remembering.

GO FIND SOMETHING ORDINARY AND TELL US ABOUT IT.

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Look around you. What is something ‘ordinary’ that you really haven’t given two thoughts about. Give it two thoughts-or three. Notice something that never gets noticed.

#SOL20 Day 10 “Repair”

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.

What have you tried to repair? Go.

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I realized I really haven’t had to repair much in my life (and clearly am not very successful). Perhaps that’s a result of our ‘throw-away’ society and the availability of inexpensive electronics and other products. Easier to toss things out and buy a new one. I bet if I asked this question of my parents or grandparents they would have many more memories and experiences. HAVE YOU TRIED TO REPAIR ANYTHING LATELY?

#SOL20 Day 9 “Some Place”

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.

We all come from someplace.      Where do you come from?    How did you escape? Go for ten.

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#SOL20 Day 8 “Long”

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.

I was asked by a slicer why I chose to write out my slices and share the notebook pages. Here are my thoughts on that.

I want to write out my memories by hand. I find my thought process is very different when I do that. I think the slowness of it (compared to my typing speed) invites me to linger/envision a bit more and a bit longer and I am more immersed in the memories. I can often type at the speed of memory, but the handwriting puts it all in slow motion, which if you think about it in videos and movies, brings importance, nostalgia, and, focus to the moment. I would encourage everyone to reflect on how your tools shape your writing and your remembering.

What have you waited a long time for? Go. Ten minutes

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#SOL20 Day 7 “Religion”

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.

EASILY OFFENDED? Skip my slice today and come back tomorrow. My religion memories are from a child’s perspective and probably bordering on blasphemy. 😉

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