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Comment on Refute these 14 reasons not to write your memoir by B

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:24:04 +0000

What if you want to write about people and your experiences with them? They could sue for libel because you're writing the truth.

Comment on Your Memoir Here by jerrywaxler

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:07:24 +0000

Thanks for stopping by Ken. I checked out your memoir - the topic intrigues me - normal life can be so difficult in so many ways - but throwing MS in on top of the other trials and tribulations and it seems overwhelming. I have often claimed that through memoir, we can find and share our humanity, in the face of unspeakable obstacles. But those positive perspectives don't come easy. The ability to communicate hope and even inspiration requires a lot of profound work - inner work, spiritual work, philosophical work, literary work - it all adds up to help the rest of us find our way through our own challenges. It looks like you did that work. I ordered a copy of the book and look forward to reading it. Best wishes Jerry

Comment on Your Memoir Here by Ken Cruickshank

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:55:44 +0000

Thank you for consideration, Jerry: Friends and family expected Ken Cruickshank to continue playing sports, traveling, engaging in mischief, and raising an active brood after he married his soulmate, Karen. Indeed, all was proceeding to plan until an invisible enemy strengthened its grip on his body and mind. Goals, abilities, and many dreams grew forever affected by progressive disease. After an accident crumpled his weakened body, he dug deep to rediscover the optimism and hope he'd once considered his essence. He realized that the illness he blamed for stealing his identity was also the path to wisdom and a life of fulfillment. Stay well, Ken Cruickshank

Comment on Your Memoir Here by jerrywaxler

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:07:01 +0000

Thanks for stopping by Cherie. This sounds interesting! When I first read the blurb, I didn't know about your Peace Corps stint. That appeals to me. So I went to look at your site. Wow. Three chapters to preview. Nice. Then I went to the Amazon site. Wow. 53 customer reviews. Nice! I bought a Kindle copy - it's hard to see when it will rise up to the top of my ever deepening pile, but it sounds like one that should be near the top of my list. Best wishes Jerry

Comment on Parent’s Story: Personal History or Memoir? by jerrywaxler

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:57:05 +0000

Thanks for the comment, Claudette. Yes. Writing memoirs and reading them go hand in hand. Every memoir author I've ever talked to (whether published or unpublished) has confirmed the value of putting together a narrative that helped them understand themselves, their families, and their world. It's so cool that you have entered into that pact to find and share your story! What's next? :) Best wishes JErry

Comment on Parent’s Story: Personal History or Memoir? by Claudette E. Sutton

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:28:58 +0000

There you go, Jerry! Another reason for writing memoir and biography -- to awaken readers' imagination and curiosity about what their own ancestors experienced leaving their homeland and making a new life in a new land. Many people don't want to share the stories of how they got here, or we never get a chance to ask them, which leaves us relying, as you say, on vicarious attempts to understand them by understanding others. Great reason to write AND to read!

Comment on Parent’s Story: Personal History or Memoir? by jerrywaxler

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:43:23 +0000

Thanks so much for writing that book, Claudette. It taught me so much about the courage of your father and his parents - when they realized that prospects in the Middle East were dimming how brave they were to research and send the kids to a foreign land. The whole thing gives me goosebumps and awakens fantasies of what my grandparents and great grandparents and many others who immigrated to America must have gone through. Even though my own parents were never forthcoming about their immigrant parents' courage, travel and transition, I can vicariously attempt to understand my own ancestors by understanding yours. Best wishes Jerry

Comment on Parent’s Story: Personal History or Memoir? by Claudette E. Sutton

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 23:07:38 +0000

Thank you so much for reviewing my book, Jerry, and your reflections on the urge to write about parents and ancestors. You touch on a lot of the questions I had while writing - who my father and ancestors were, how they shaped me, how historic events they lived through can be conveyed to others who don't know about them. For me, writing about family comes in part from an urge to know myself - then develops into an urge to let the person I'm writing about live their life on the page. Much as in synagogue we say kaddish, a prayer of mourning, where we say the name of our dead loved ones aloud to remember them by name. Writing about family comes from this sort of place for me - a way not only to know myself but to remember and imagine those who, in part, made me. Thanks for encouraging me to think more about these motivations! I'm so glad you found insights in my book "Farewell, Aleppo."

Comment on Your Memoir Here by Cherie Kephart

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:53:50 +0000

Thank you for this opportunity to share my just released, award-winning memoir. A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing by Cherie Kephart Cherie Kephart, a young woman who longed for adventure, traveled the world from the remote villages of Central Africa to the majestic coastlines of New Zealand until a mysterious illness thrust her to the precipice of death. The persistent health challenges led to years of suffering, during which her symptoms time and again were undiagnosed by well-meaning medical doctors and healers who were sometimes competent, sometimes careless, sometimes absurd, and always baffled. The anguish, the uncertainty, and the relentless pain would have caused many people to simply give up and end their lives—and Cherie came close. Told with brutal honesty, astonishing wit, and a haunting vulnerability, A Few Minor Adjustments is an unforgettable memoir that will move you with its fiercely inspirational account of one woman’s incredible journey to find life-saving answers. In the end, she finds much more than a diagnosis.

Comment on Your Memoir Here by Peter Gajdics

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:32:38 +0000

"The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir." The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir is the true story of author Peter Gajdics’ six years in a bizarre form of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Spanning decades and continents, The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir is about the dark forces of oppression and the will to survive; its themes are universal: generational trauma, childhood sexual abuse, powerlessness in the face of adversity, self-acceptance, identity, the resilience of the human spirit, and the recognition that we have within each of us a core essence that cannot be killed, or “changed.”