It was a spirited, early Thanksgiving affair, as it turns out. Huge thanks to the TellTale Souls* who helped make last night’s “Souls & Spirits” event at Books Inc—Alameda a truly memorable evening. And sincere appreciation to the wonderful friends who showed up in support and to the folks who were drawn to it. We all came away enthralled by the power of “Keeping Spirits Alive!”
What season could be better than this to give thanks, through writing personal Mother Memoir, to those who mothered us through life, for the lessons that were taught, for the love and care that sustains, and for the understanding this type of writing provides when the mothering wasn’t the kind we wanted or needed?
I’m thankful for the deep connections on an emotional level that I would never have felt had it not been for my asking practically everyone I’ve met, over the past decade, to answer this question, “If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother’s character and keep her spirit alive for future generations, what would it be?”
I hope to have some pictures up in a few days, but right now I’m knee-deep in cooking for an early Thanksgiving feast (Tomorrow, OMGosh!) for 13 guests! I’m trying not to let panic set in… as I sit before the computer sending out notes of thanks and posts, while the rolling pin awaits my guidance over fresh, homemade pie dough.
*Ann Seymour, Alan Rinzler, Blair Kilpatrick, Dominique Crawley, Jarvis Jones, and Pam Wight shared intimate stories included in my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit. (Due to illness, Pam wasn’t able to share her Mother Memoir, although she was very much there in spirit!).