The pulse and echo
of lives once lived, seen in old photos, can inform our own lives.
Who and what influenced you?
- high school
- world leader
"This is the end of the sixties idea that
revolution is around the corner. People now know it's not. It's in their kitchen. It's in their footsteps, in the choices
they make to buy this and not that." - Bono
Did you ever keep a diary?
Read it-- you can't intrude on something so personal.
Do you have old scrap books and photo albums? Are your pictures and negatives
still stuffed in boxes in drawers?
Sort them out and re-assemble them with archival materials. Your
life is worth documenting.
Do you know who you are?
"To quiet oneself
one must first
waste a little time."
- Elizabeth Bower
"Never compromise yourself. You are all you've
- Betty Ford
"We shall not cease
And the end of all our exploring will be
to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
- T.S. Eliot
"All serious daring
- Eudora Welty
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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris, Little, Brown and Co., 2004.
Don't cheat yourself out of a wonderful read by skipping this book. It's
the apex of the memoirist's art: Private essays reeking with wit
and surprising associations recalling the mundane and bizarre. Each piece has the arc and precision of the best stand-up
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