small town, black and white, photo by kristin nador

“Remember that you own what happened to you. If your childhood was less than ideal, you may have been raised thinking that if you told the truth about what really went on in your family, a long bony white finger would emerge from a cloud and point to you, while a chilling voice thundered “We *told* you not to tell.” But that was then. Just put down on paper everything you can remember now about your parents and siblings and relatives and neighbors, and we will deal with libel later on.”

– Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life

Life is full of stories. We live our stories, we write our stories. We write our stories to connect with others who have been through the same things, to stand as a witness to the following generations, to unburden ourselves, to make someone laugh, or shed a tear. Don’t be afraid to tell your stories. Here are a few of mine:

An Unwelcome Guest

Unexpected Joy In Ordinary Places

Christmas Traditions

Car Dealership